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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

December 21&22, 2019 Seminar !!!

If you have in mind to start this swiftlet farming business, my best advice is try to gather more information.

The best is to attend this 2 days Seminar all about swiftlet farming.

You will be able to learn a lot of new things how to populate your new BH.

These will be the topics that you will be assured of learning the methods on how to draw those birds inside and anchor them:

Day 1 : Saturday

Time                                      Topic
8:30 -9:00:                          Registration & getting to know participants.

9:00 - 9:45:                         Introduction & History How it started.

9:45 - 10:30:                       Why must your choose the right location and How?

10:30 - 10:45:                    Tea Break.

10:45 - 11:30:                    Know more about your Tenants Characteristics!!!

11:30-12:30:                      Basic Design Criteria’s of a BH

12:30-1:30:                         Lunch

1:30 - 2:15:                         Entrance hole types: Which is the best?

2:15 - 3:00:                         Your BH Floor Layout and Nesting Planks arrangements.
3:00-3:15:                           Tea Breaks

3:15- 4:15:                          Bird Sounds How to choose them for your BH

4:15 -5:00:                         The latest method to apply those sounds.                                                                            
5:00 – 5:30                        Questions and Answers


Time                                                              Topic
8:30 - 9:00:                             The Importance of Phase 1 and Phase 2 .

9:00 – 9:30:                            Fake Nests: Use them as your Bait & NKS

9:30-10:00:                            Dry BH Syndrome:  Ready to fight back.

10:00 – 10:15                         Tea Break

10:15 – 11:00                        BH Aroma: How to Make & Apply them

11:00 – 12:00:                        Breeding Cycle and How to Chart one.

1:00-    2:00:                           Lunch Break.

2:00 – 4:30:                            BH Predators and how to tackle one by one.
4:30-5:00                                The use of Nest Kick Start !!!

 5:00 -5:30                            Award Ceremony: Certificate of Attendance

For your seat booking please PM this number and tell how many seats you are looking at taking.

The fee is RM 1850 for the 2 days excluding field trip.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Relocation Of Corner Nests !!!

Great news to all that wanted to know my activities in swiftlet farming: 

Nests Relocation Project.

This BH used to be empty for almost 4-5 years but now after my renovation works the number of nests grows to a healthy level.

However owner have lost interest in looking after it and let me look into getting a buyer.

One observation made is that nearly 70% of all 90* angles are occupied, in the top floor VIP room.

The question now is how can we move them, the nests, to the straight plank areas?

This is where some tests need to be carried out.

This Tuesday will drop by to harvest those nests and install a gadget to move them to the straight plank part.

Will observe how do they react to the installed gadget.

Main purpose is to find the best option on how to move them from 90* corners to those straight planks areas.

Will test and observe after say 3 months.

Will update you all.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Training One To One Is Exceptional !!!

He was simple lucky to come and attend a one to one Swiftlet Farming Seminar and it happened that I was about to start a BH revamp operation immediately after he finished.

This newbie wanted to learn the right way.

Received his friendly call a few months back.  He was asking about swiftlet farming seminar.

"If you can wait please attend a planned seminar in KK" I told him.

Well he cannot wait since he was about to start a new work in December 2017.

What I did was to offer him a package where he can attend a one to one seminar and after that follow me to start a BH revamp job nearby.

He accepted the offer and immediately remitted the agreed fee.

I think he wanted to tie me up as fast as he could the moment I told him the date.

He came one day early and rented an executive room at Furama Hotel, Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

I came to meet up with him on the day after for breakfast and immediately started the seminar inside his hotel room.

I told him that prior to this I organised one for Mr Barnie Barcelona of the Philippine.  The same hotel about 2 months back.

In his case it coincided with a field training at Bukit Gambir, Johor.

The first two days was to cover about 10 papers and I did took him for a spin to Sekinchan to look at various BHs around the padi fields.

The field the training to me was the best.

He managed to finished the four days at the BH and learn a lot of things which I doubt anyone can learn from any other sifus.

Learning and understanding why they should be used in a BH is important.

I hope he will be a successful BH owner in Sabah.

Will keep in touch with him.

Mist pump nozzle holder installation

First time using pneumatic gun to anchor waste wood corners.

He install all those waste wood corners

This was after his hard works

Monday, November 13, 2017

Wanted to let you all know that my swiftlet farming blogspot enter its 10th anniversary recently. 

I am very proud that after 10 years I am still writing about swiftlet farming.

My readers benefitted a lot by reading all those articles and I am sure if you practice those ideas your BH will do well.

I just came back from Miri Sarawak after conducting a Swiftlet Farming Seminar for a group of Brunei people.

They were very pleased with what I delivered and at the same time took them to a BH that badly in need of a new life.

What they saw at the BH gave them some ideas what will happened if you have little or no knowledge about what swiftlet farming is all about.

Immediately after the Seminar I flew up to KK to attend a request made by a BH owner whose BH was at Kuala Penyu Sabah.

He fetched me at KK airport and we proceeded to his BH just to get some idea what is not right with his BH.

What I saw inside and outside is a shear wrong concept adopted by his so called consultant.

He finished the BH with a wrong approach.

He wanted all of them to straight away erect their nest in 180* shape.

No 90* and no 135* shape.

As a result of his cruelty the number of nests was very much below the normal number.

What a waste.

Owner waited for 5 years to realize that something is not right with his BH.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

October 14thn 2017 Seminar at Lot 10 Boutique Hotel.

For record purposes these people attended my first Swiftlet Seminar in Kuching, Sarawak.

It was a very nice occasion when all who attended were delighted to learn on how to be a successful swiftlet farmer.

Presented 6 papers and in between manage to take all my Seminar Participants to a BH nearby.

The owner of the BH invited us to visit his colorful BH about 20 minutes away.

These were pictures taken during the one day seminar:

I hope there will be another Seminar soon in Kuching.  As long there are interest we shall be there to help them with their BH operation.

It shall be for the benefit to those who are new and also those who own BH that are not doing well.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How To Move Them To Occupy Those Straight Planks !!!

This is just a short story on how this owner managed to move his young birds to occupy his straight nesting planks.

Within 1 months he already counted the visible indication that they have started to more to the middle planks.

This is what this BH was facing.

Located in Raub, Pahang.

Owner contacted me a number of times trying to find out how to move or encourage them to erect their nests on the straight planks.

Just imagine nearly all were found only at those corners.

This BH was with about 1300 nests.  However all that it produced was 135* corner shaped nests.

I gave him a simple solution and he pondered on it for a few days.

He wanted to try but initially very reluctant.

He called again and ask for my service to carry out my idea.

I make my way  to Raub and inspect how to carry out the method.

After reviewing his BH conditions and started my fake nests preparation.

First to cut them into rectangular shape, apply those SP aroma and show his workers how to install all of them.

After about 3 hours all were installed as a test case only on the chosen floor.

I was very happy with the installation works, need and tidy.

Within 1 month the owner called with a very good news.

"Pak Harry those young birds has started to move".

He countered and found 10 fake nests with sizeable nests markings.

There might be many more with lesser in sizes.

The thing here is that it is working and we can see that they are starting to use the straight part of those nesting planks.

I have told him to proceed with the rest of the floors.

Once the number of nests is 30-40% occupied he should remove all these fake nests.

He was very lucky to have met me.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Revamp Operation Of 7 Years Old BH At Sungai Patani !!!

This BH was taken over by a pensioner who already owned a four stories BH.

From his side he was offered to take over the BH with about 100 nests.

He need to pay a monthly rental below RM1000 a month.

One day he called and he sound very excited over this new baby of his.

I though he called for revamp operation of his 4 stories BH at Padang Serai, Kedah.

I inspected the BH and submitted to him what I think should be done to put life back to the BH.

The BH was not taken care.  The humidity system were out.

The floors were dried.

The roof was leaking.

The nesting planks were covered with fungus.

The external sound was dead and the internal sound was about 40% functioning.

The floor configuration was a bit not proper.

The LAL hole was acceptable however lack tweeters.

After reading my recommendations the owner sprang into action.

He immediately called me and asked me to proceed.

He deposited the amount I asked for and willing to wait until I finish two other jobs in hand.

Ten days ago I moved my staff and equipment.

Wanted to start on Monday September 12th however was halted when the state announce a public holiday due to the death of Kedah Sultan.

I was made to wait for 24 hours to order those materials.

After receiving those hardware started the job and it was satisfying but very tiring.

Climbed the 4 stories staircase 10- 20 times a day.

Every meal break have to climb down and every time the workers need additional item need to fetch them.

The job extended to 9 days and what I was happy about were these items:

1) The external sound for this BH consisted of two.  One for the hexagonal tweeter and the second for the LMB, tunnel, LAL mouth, all doors and those chocolate tweeters.

2) This was the first time I tried using two sounds with hexagonal tweeter as the second sound tweeter.

3) I discovered something very important.  During my trial of various external sounds at the LMB and the hexagonal tweeter, there are combination that are well like by those swiftlet but there are that were not suitable.

4) I finally choose the best combination where the moment the two sounds are on those birds will come and immediately enter the LMB.

5) The best two sounds for this location was Pukau Version 2 and Super Vacuum.

Will monitor the BH for a few months to see if it will have more nests.

I suspect the revamp job will attract all those birds that are staying in the area.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Kemaman Trengganu BH Visit on August 25th 2017

Yesterday at about 10:00 am visited this BH located somewhere in Kemaman town, Trengganu.
The BH is sandwiched in between two other BHs. Its a row of three stories shop houses that were designed for swiftlet farming, according to him.
Owner have engaged a number of consultants to see how to improve his ICU birdhouse.
He claimed that he did nearly everything that he can think of but failed to get his BH populated.
I saw a number of perfume bottles hung on the walls with those special drip gadget.
After 6 years of operation and two consultants the nest number fluctuate up and down but not more than 30 nests.
Now only 24 nests and he is very disappointed with his total investments.
I took some time to see what can be the reasons why those swiftlet refuse to populate his BH and I told him the followings:
In general his BH was not well designed from the outside and the inside.
The main entrance hole using both the top and side entry is not properly assigned with proper tweeters.
The hexagonal tweeter was more like a DIY piece and wrongly positioned.
The number of external sound tweeters need to be upgraded and with new and more effective tweeters.
New sound techniques should be deployed.
His water pond is not necessary since his BH is about 50 meters away from a river.
His BH is too bright.
The so called consultants who came and ran away with his so called fees were not very well verse with the amount of light that should be allowed to enter the BH nesting rooms.
The BH was with two LAL holes and both were not positioned at the right location where 100% of those birds should fly above it.
There was not VIP room on both floors.
Too many internal sound tweeters.
There was no external sound tweeters at the back of the nesting rooms/
No traps or baits to lure those wild birds to stay.
Internal sound was too noisy.
Amplifiers were not properly set.
He was unlucky with his BH venture.
Now he will be able to use Pak Harry methods of designing the BH external and internal decorations.
Will sit on his BH visit report today and will submit to him what I think it will turn around his BH.
He was very lucky to have met one of my client whose BH was very closed to his BH.
After the inspection operation I invite him to view the successful BH owned and operated by my old client nearby and see how I transformed a 30 nests BH into almost 8 kg of nests, now inside.
The word that came out from his mouth was "Impressive". That was what he said with a wide smile on his face.
He now seems to have the positive vibes about his BH.
"Pak Harry I cannot wait to read your report and I hope the cost to upgrade my BH is within my reach. Every penny will come from my pocket."
I told him that every penny spend after this will worth a million.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Skudai BH: A Challenge Like No Other BHs !!!

I must say that the revamp of Skudai BH is one of the most challenging as compared to others.

Main obstacles are the water supply, electricity and the location deep inside agricultural land.

Every time you forgot something you need to take almost 20 minutes to reach the main road.

The red soil road are full of pits and alleys which will rock you left and right and you feel like riding those roller coasters.

The only way for my workers to use those electrical hand tool and brighten the BH while revamping is to operate a generator set.

As for the water supply I have been pushing the idea of pumping fresh water from a nearby stream using ramp pump.

The owner is away for a holiday and he expect to see birds inside his BH once he is back to Malaysia.

Well that was how easy his line of thought is.

Anyway we have been working very hard to complete the scope of works.

First was to close the old entrance hole and opened a new hole on the building's wall facing the virgin jungle.

The next was to hack the barrier on the roof deck so that the mounting of power tweeters, bazookas and the hexagonal tweeter can take place.

Once those tweeters are installed we need to erect a number of walls to prevent the light penetrating the nesting rooms.

Another wall was to create a VIP room.

The owner decided to upgrade only one floor so that his cost will not kill him.  He chooses the middle floor.

While trying to install tweeters inside the VIP room my boys discovered that nearly 50% of the planks are too soft and no longer holding.

We decided to pull the old planks out and install with new planks.

This is where the big challenge starts.

Where to get a readily available stock.

How mush will the planks be and how long will it take to ship them over.

If they need 2-3 weeks my completion schedule will be dead.

Manage to get the lead and quickly drove almost 1.5 hours to a hardware shop at Kota Tinggi.

The shop owner knows me by name.

"I have heard about you from many BH owners and now lucky to meet you in person."

I am not sure if he likes me or hates me.  He is also a BH consultant.

Anyway managed to gather some nesting planks and brought them back to Skudai.

The installation begins the moment the planks arrived.

I hope by Monday or Tuesday the wood are in place and at the same time they will start installing those internal and external sound tweeters.

If the installations are done can test the BH.

Perhaps I can move to another BH much earlier.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tikam Batu BH: Just Two Weeks After Revamp Operation !!!

Yesterday June 12th 2017 stayed back at Tikam Batu BH to count how many birds entered in the evening.

This BH was upgraded or revamped by my workers and after 10 days of hard work we managed to put it into operation on May 26th 2017.

The BH was with about 20-25 nests prior to my revamp operation.

The number of birds inside must be about 40-50 birds (prediction).

After 18 days of operation the number of birds jumped to 80 plus.

This is a good result and I hope within the next few months the number with triple.

The sounds systems now is superior as compared to prior to revamp works.

The floors are wet and each floor is with two VIP rooms.

All the nesting planks were cleaned and applied with attractive aroma.

The number of new internal sound tweeters touches 300 pieces.

There were many fake nests installed.

All these new features must be working well to lure all these new couples to enter and stays.

The best is to wait for another few months to see how many new bird shit spots are found below those tweeters.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kubang Pekan BH: After 6 Months This BH Has 30 nests !!!

A very good performance after my revamp operation.

Six months after I handed over the BH the owner called a few days ago confirming that her BH now is with 30 raw nests.

A very good performance I told her to thank god that I managed to reactivate it.

The background of this BH is not very nice to tell but may be good for us to use this as a reference.

During those good old days when the nests price was above RM 7000 a kg, this owner met someone who claimed that he is an expert in swiftlet farming.

The owner went along with the consultant but half way the consultant left the BH with no proper sound system and the BH was stranded.

She hold her BH without getting any help for almost 5 odd years.

On the 6 years she called me for some advise and I visited the location.

After a few days reading my visit report she called and told me that she will remit the deposit of RM 6,000 for me to mobilize.

Well this was when I was very busy with a number of revamp works in hand.

I told her to wait and she did just that.

She never complain or ask me to return her money.

She was persistent and it pays off.

After almost six months waiting I mobilized my workers.

They stayed inside the BH while I need to find the nearest hotel in Kuala Kangsar.

First was to relocate the main entrance hole.

After that opened the LAL hole.

We then erect a number of walls on the top and ground floors (two stories).

While installing the tweeters I found out that the top floor roof was way to hot.

I convinced her to install a layer of cladded zince roof over the old zinc layer.

The roof temperature dropped tremendously.

I then install all those tweeters and fake nests.

The BH water system was bad.

I need to buy a water tank and erect a platform to house it.

All piping inside need to be completed.

Once done I installed a mist pump system.

The whole BH was perfect.

Sprayed the floors with Mutiara Aroma a few times.

The sound system was running okay.

Selected the most effective sounds for both the external and internal.

Those birds seems like crazy with those selected sounds.

I stayed to watch them enter the BH until late evening.

Almost 20 birds entered on the first day.

A wonderful experience since this BH was empty before.

Now those swiftlet were attracted to it.

All in all the BH was finished with the right gadget and with lots of love in it.

Now the owner seems to be very happy with the results.

Happy for her and family.

Pekan BH: After The Changes Made To The Main Entrance Hole !!!

I was not surprised with what actually happened when my worker changed the main entrance door configuration.

The first step we did was to install a hexagonal tweeter.

Immediately after finishing the operation I asked him to reduce the size of the main entrance door.

It was too big and allowing too much light into the BH.

The best was to reduce to 3 feet wide and 7-8 feet tall.

A wooden frame was erected.

The excess areas were covered with cement boards.

The main door now was installed with about 8 tweeters mainly AG 35.

The moment this was done you can immediately see how those birds swerved into this newly repaired BH.

That was not all.

I installed a number of new gadgets to encourage those birds to stay.

On my last day in Pekan, I went to check the BH and it was full of birds inside.

They seems to like what I did inside and outside.

There were at least 500 to 600 birds per floor hanging around refuse to leave the nesting rooms.

The chances of increasing the total number of nests is great.

I know for sure that the BH owner was very happy with the result so far.

Have a look at a few more clips taken: