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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

If You Currently Owned A BH How To Benefit From It !!!



While in Sandakan, Sabah met a BH owner who order about 1000 pieces of plastic fake nests.

He wanted to have a cup of coffee and I consented.

He confided to me that the reason why he ordered plastic fake nests and internal tweeters was because of his new BH.

I knew about him having a BH before so this new BH is his second.

Well well well.

He is moving and adding another BH into his collection.

This was when I told him that he is doing well and I hope he knows how to maximize his 1st BH.

"Have you ever thought of accelerating your nests population of your 2nd BH by using your 1st BH?"

I asked him.

He was a bit puzzled by my question and look deep into my eyes as if his mind was totally blank with no answer.

I am sure there is a list of things that you can transfer from your BH number 1 into your new BH and these things can help to increase the rate of populating it.

"Like what?"

Think carefully and I am sure you know them. I told him.

Let me try to list a few:

1)  Bird shit.  You can transfer them in big quantity,  This will mask the cement smell and make the smell of your BH better.

2) Used Fake Nests:  If I were you I will use half of those newly acquired fake nests inside your old BH and let them be occupied.  Once they leave their markings you harvest them and transfer them into your new BH.

3) Raw Nest:  You can harvest some raw nests and soak them into fresh water for about 2 days.  On the first day sieve the nest and blend them.  Once properly blended soak them back into the water.  On the 2nd day you can sieve and use those fermented water.  Apply on all your planks using good morning towel.

4) Swiftlet eggs:  Might want to collect a few pieces and throw them on the walls of the second BH.

5) Dead carcass.  Maybe the smell of those dead birds on the floor will make the smell of your BH well liked by your new tenants.  Collect those dead birds and move them into your 2nd BH. Make sure you sprinkle some ants poison around the carcasses.

6) Baby birds:  You might want to know about this term "Translocation".  Translocation is when you move those young birds over from one point to your empty BHs.  Try those that are about to fly ie 43 days old.  Try to check on their wings.  If their wings started to cross each other the young birds are ready to be Translocated.  You need to erect a proper release room for this purposes.


Well you might want to add many other things.

My main point is that you do have a number of things that are usefull inside your 1st BH that you can transfer to the 2nd BH of yours.

Contact 017 7551318 for more ideas.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Three Days At Sandakan BH !!!



After three days working and guiding those locals to finish decorating a BH in Sandakan, Sabah, I managed to see some interesting results.

With the monkey house completed and sound system installed carried out the bird  call operation just to see how effective it will be.

Every evening from 6:00 pm on wards the number of swiftlet responded were wonderful.

The owner enjoyed the view and I am sure he is very keen the start his BH as soon as he can.

Just enjoy all these pictures and clips.

Will write more once I am a bit free.










Sunday, March 12, 2017

Telang BH After 6 Years Need My Help !!!

(The 3rd from the left)


I was engaged by this BH owner to investigate what went wrong with it.

The BH was well situated and in an area where there were a lot of swiftlet.

However after 6 years into operation the number of nest stopped at about or maybe less than 120 nests.

What can go wrong with it?

The next strange thing was that the BH was squeezed in between 5 other BHs which are doing fairly well.

So how come his neighbors are doing fairly well while his was not?

I took about 3.5 hours to arrive at the junction into those clay road.

Waited patiently for the owner to come out to fetch me.

When arrived at his BH I discovered that his was one of the 6 BH in the same area.

Well since his BH was not doing well I thought the rest was also the same.

He told me otherwise.  They were all doing fairly well except his.

Very strange but soon after I discovered many strange things that was done by the owner.

At the same time discovered some signs which tells me that his BH is under siege by some predators.

He claimed that he neglected his BH for a while.

His next mistake was to appoint his neighbor to look after his BH.

The BH second floor was made of plywood and they are rooting.

There were at least 20 dead birds with their bodies eaten away leaving only their wings on the floor.

What else?

The BH was using a top entry system.  I think a monkey house is far better.

The BH hexagonal tweeter was not one unit but four with a large metal horn tweeters.

The external sounds were not well distributed inside the nesting rooms.

There were two sets of amplifiers.  One set in the data room and one more on the top floor very closed to the main entrance door (very unusual).

The LAL holes (2 units) were too small.

The LAL were not well positioned.

The staircase to reach the top floor were small and made of wood.

The connecting doors of various rooms were about 4.5 feet high.  I got my head hit the top part of the door every time I pass them.

The top entrance area was located at the front facing the west.

The ventilation holes were only at the front and back walls and none on the side walls.

Each ventilation hole was covered with 4" dia pipe, elbow and a long extension pipe.

Most of the nests were on the lowest floor.

The amplifiers were not properly set.

The nesting planks looks like covered with dust (fungus).

The floors were never sweep.

Overall I would say that the amount of knowledge he has was minute.

If he should have more knowledge I think BH is a big money making potential.

I need to prepare my report to let him know what were wrong inside and out side his BH.

I hope my recommendations to correct all those mistakes will be seriously considered.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Pedas BH: After Just 5 Months ............





A very unusual thingwhen the number of birds entering in the evening jumped by 121% as compared to the month earlier.

This was precisely what really happened in this Pedas BH.

The BH was handed over to me on a JV basis due to its poor performance for almost 6 years into operation.

I was asked to do what ever I wanted to and nurse it until such time the house is normal.

The owner in a way forced me to take over and help it.

I  took the offer due to several reasons and most important was its closed proximity to where I am staying.

What I told the owner was to arrest the owls entering the BH.

After which I revamped only the top most floor.

The rest of the floor can be modified once the top floor nests population is satisfactory.

As such my lay out to finance the revamp operation was about 1/3 as compared to working on all the three floors.

Once revamped I added lots of external and internal sound tweeters.

I introduced the hexagonal tweeter.

More external sound tweeters were added to pull those birds the moment they entered the LMB hole towards the back of the floor.

Created necessary VIP rooms.

Spray Mutiara aroma nearly every month.

Change the external and internal sounds twice.

Got hole of a neighbor to inform me if the external sound is dead.

After 4 months the number of birds climbed from 8 to 46.

Yesterday, the number of birds leaped to 102 after 5 months into operation.

I believed that it will continue to increase if there is no disruptions either to the sound system or attack from predators (owls especially).

Very pleased to write to the owner about her BH performing.

How I wish next month the number of birds jump to 204 birds.

Another 100 % up.

Why not?

I have listed a number of things to be done.

One very crucial is the installation of a water storage tank to humidify the BH.

The water droplets will help to wet the BH floor, increase the room humidity and of course will reduce the room temperature slightly.

Swiftlet love Bh that is cool and wet.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kepala Batas BH: How To Keep Those Crows Away !!!

video

If you observe this video clip carefully you can see a black bird on the top of Hexagonal tweeter,

This black bird was a crow.

The moment they observed lots of swiftlet playing around the rooftop areas they will stand at those locations where they can plug the birds.

I was having a kind of nightmare on how to prevent them to hang around the BH.

The only method that came to my mind was to apply those rat glues above the hexagonal and the rest of the areas where they might perched to snap my swiftlet.

So who is going to climb up onto the roof?

The only solution was to bring my worker who is not scared of height.



He came and I provided a few tins of rat glue.

He went up and applied to my desire.

Look at this clip:


video


Now I can see that the chances of having crows on the top of the monkey house is slim.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trying Out The Use Of black Cloth As Wall Materials !!!

Side wall to block those light

Look at the materials used as a wall in Kepala Batas BH.

I have experimented on the use of black cloth as the walls.

The cloth will reduce any light and at the same time soft and will not injure the BH tenants in the event they hit the wall.




VIP room wall.

from the back


Frameworks




Sunday, February 12, 2017

Kepala Batas BH: Testing The BTB

I have been informed and observed this powerful method on how to lure your neighbor's birds into your BH.

Please study this article:

http://swiftletfarming.blogspot.my/2016/04/btb-something-that-is-worth-to-explore.html

Last week decided to test the phenomena in Kepala Batas BH.

The entrance hole was reduced to only one and at the same time the main entrance hole was reduce to only about 1.5' by 1.5'.

While the LMB was reduced in size the floors were modified by additional walls, tweeters and fake nests.

This is more like doing an upgrade to welcome the new year for those swiftlet.

Will report of its progress after a few months into operation.

This was the initial flying in which takes about 4-5 minutes of heavy activities.




This was what happen when the main entrance hole was reduced.






The smaller LMB hole will force those swiftlet to get into a kind of que.

This longer then usual que will generate a kind of sound which can attract other birds that are passing by or from your neighbors.

The que will get longer and longer once the number of birds inside your BH increased.

The longer the que the more will it attract those wild birds.

Need to see its progress after a few months.

Used to be this large size:


The original LMB size


The same hole was reduced to force those birds to que in the evening when they return home to roost.

Reduced in size.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Your BH Is Hosting Too Many Bats !!!


They maybe cute but if they occupy your BH you might need to clear all of them.

I was on a chat with a newbie whose father passed away and he was given the task to manage his BH.

One of his biggest nightmare was the present of many bats inside the BH.

Well the first thing he asked was how to remove these bats.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Masai BH: Truely Amazing To See Them Returning Home To Roost !!!



They started to return home almost at 7:30 pm.

During the 5 days they were no where to be seen during day time except on a Thursday when the sky was with black clouds.

Initially I was not very convinced that there were about 600 plus birds inside this BH.

The only signs were those nests and nest markings on the nesting planks plus the fresh bird shits.

The owner cleaned the old shit and carried out some harvesting works just before I came to carry out the revamp operation.

On the second everning I waited for them to return.

I was hoping to see them just after the evening prayers call (7:15 pm)but nothing happen for about 15 minutes.

They started to show up and became heavy until 7:40 pm.

Once the clock hit 7:45 the number of birds started to trickle.

The number of birds was around 500-700.

I am hoping that the reduction of the LMB will attract more birds to join the crowd during every evening when the crowd ques to enter the hole.

This action I called it as bird's pulling birds.

Need to monitor this BH progress on a regular basis.




Saturday, January 14, 2017

Masai BH: Completed Yesterday Jan 14th 2017 !!!


Move into this Masai BH on Monday Jan 10th 2017 with one worker.

The owner wanted to upgrade his 10 years old BH with about 300++ nests.

He mentioned a few complains and wanted my best solutions.

I discovered a few very weird thing about this BH.

One of it was that it was in a 3 stories shop house building however the BH was only one floor.

The weird thing is to know that it was on the middle floor and not the top floor?

A very strange thing.  The more you think the more you will get confused.

He must have some strong reasons to opt for the middle floor.

Well he claimed that he was the first to start the farming before his neighbors started doing the same.

They lured many of his young birds and now he wanted to fight back.

This was where I was asked to inspect and recommend how to bring back those young birds.

The number of nests, according to him, was stagnant and the time have come for him to take some action.

When he called for help I was about 20 minutes drive away at Ulu Tiram.

I stopped over and review what was wrong with his BH.

I only wrote a few things that I feel need to be done.

After handing over the brief report he called asking for what is the cost to carry out the upgrade.

I thought he wanted to carry out the works himself.

No Pak Harry I want you and your workers to come over and do precisely what you have recommended.

Oh ya ya.

That was the history of how I got myself over for 5 days.

The list of things that were carried out are as follows:

1)  The main entrance hole or LMB was reduced in size slightly.

2) Now the LMB is lined with wood so that those tweeters can be easily installed.

3) I changed the old external sound tweeters (3 pieces only) with my trusted AG 35 tweeters.  I installed 4 pieces.

4) With many reighbors staying opposite I have decided to have a dedicated line for sound management.  This 4 pieces of tweeters will only be activated twice a day about 1.5 hours each day during those peak time.

5) The roving room entrance window was converted into a door.  This door will allows those birds to fly in not only from the top but also at the bottom.  It tends to be bright but necessary precautions were carried out to reduce those morning sun light.

6) The second door that connect the roving room with the main nesting room was slightly reduced to cut down the bright light.

7) All the wall surface of the roving room was painted with black colored paint.

8) The main nesting room consisted of two part.  The main was to wide so I erected a wall to introduce a VIP room.

9) The second room on the left was turned into the 2nd vip room by erecting another small wall.  The BH now is with two VIP rooms that are currently the most populated.

10) I brought about 200 feet of nesting planks to close those wide boxes on the ceiling.  I introduced about 9 rows of cross woods.  These cross woods created more 90* corners (300 of them) and at the same time increase the nesting surfaces.

11) The whole house now is with about 180 pieces of new internal sound tweeters.  The old was too few so I have decided to remove all of them and introduce a new set.

12) To pull those birds to the back of the VIP rooms a number of chocolate tweeters were installed.

13) The amplifiers were changed however one of the old were still used to play the sound for my kite tweeters.

14) I introduce 4 pieces of kite tweeters.  This is a very interesting gadget where it will help to bring more net in between the two tweeters.

15) Both the external and internal sounds were changed.

16) The kite tweeters plays an external sound for 18 hours.

17) The floor was installed with two humidifiers and set to operate 5 times a day.

18) Managed to spray the nesting room floors with sea weed water and bird shit water before I left the BH.

It is now perfect and I assure the owner that within 8-10 month he will see some changes.

I reminded him to call me to come over to check his BH every 2-3 months.

I hope he will follow all the instructions given.