Monday, March 30, 2009
The trouble with swiftlet farming the chances to make mistakes are great.
The best is to ask some one who knows the ins in outs of swiftlet farming for his advise or guidance.
You can minimise your risks and continuously get his expert advise until your BH is full of those nests.
There is nothing to be shy since this business is new in our country. Most BH owners are still using those old techniques and what you need are new scientific methods to maximise your success rate.
Don't be like a blind man trying to be so smart and see what happens:
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The above picture can tells you that business are very bad and everybody including animals are suffering.
BH operation is nearly the same.
You can easily determine whether the BH in operation is successful or failed to deliver.
One of the easiest method to judge are the number of birds that are circling above the BH roof top. Their numbers will give you the rough indication on the wellness of the number of birds inside. The best is during a cool day especially after a good shower of rain.
If you wish to check on the exact number of birds entering the targeted BH, you need to count their number when they return home. This varies but the best is to count in the evening one hour before sun down. To be more accurate you should use CCTV camera placed at the entrance area where you can count every birds that enters the hole.
You can use the same way in judging if the treatment you used was working. Good example, if you visit the BH every three weeks and you apply those aromas on the walls or the floor or the nesting planks (preferably in the late afternoon, you might be able to see the result just before sundown.
If they like the aroma you applied, you will see lots of different from the day before. The number of birds flying in and out will increase, yes if they like the aroma, or the other way round.
Take note that some aromas need more then 24 hours to show their real effect. In this case it is better for you to put someone on the ground to observe the roof top activities after the 24 hours fermenting period.
The effect of a good external sound is nearly the same as a good aromas. The number of birds roving above your BH rooftop will normally increased if the new sound played are effective.
If you are smart you should consider to combine a good external sound with an effective aromas in one go. The two in one will surely bring more young swiftlets into your BH.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Note: Last three weeks I carried out the "Shock Treatment".
The Bentong BH owner, Mr.C, requested my present at Bentong to view his newly built BH. The new unit is a stand alone and currently 3 stories high.
Have a good looked and gave Mr.C some tips (FOC) which I hope will help him with his new BH.
Immediately after that I continued my journey to Raub.
Mr.C wanted to buy some Red Meranti from some one I introduced to him sometime back. I wanted to check the Raub BH which three weeks ago I carried out the aroma shock treatment.
Upon arrival have lunch, fish head curry and Mr.C followed me to check the Raub BH.
The good signs were all over the floor.
Looks Very Strong That The Birds are Permanant Tenant !!!
Yes lots of bird shits accumulated on those white piece of manila board I placed on the floor three weeks ago.
There were also lots of good signs on the nesting planks. There were two nests with two eggs in one and one egg in the other. There were also three nest markings.
Those shits collected by those white boards are previous tenants while those on the floor are new tenants. There were at least 6 new tenants.
Managed to replaced those white board with pink board for next three weeks inspection.
The Shits Density is heavy. More then one couple I assumed???
Beautiful signs and I was very excited to apply the new aroma and adjusted the sound to be played. Lengthen the playing time for the external sound.
I am very sure those birds entering the house will increase.
Old Spot With White Paper
Once the new aroma were applied and those beautiful sounds were set, I stayed until 7.45 pm to observe the actions on the roof top.
The number of birds flew into the house is at least 60 to 80 birds. The best actions time was just before sundown.
Marvelous and I keep telling the owner his BH is a gold mine. Just let me continue with those aroma treatments.
"Oh Yes Harry, today my friend called me to inform that there are many birds on the top of my BH. I replied to him that my "sifu' is in town."
The owner admitted that he received a call from his friend who owned a BH on the next row of shophouses.
His good friend was doing his evening check on his own BH and saw heavy activities on Mr.L BH.
He did not realised that I was applying those aromas and adjusting the external sound.
Before leaving have a good dinner with the owner and his B-I-L.
Fresh Spot Without Any Paper (New)
They were all very happy with what I have done and I told them that's the best that I can do...
Remember this house was with not a single birdshit after eleven months in operations before I was asked to revamp.
Fresh Without Paper (New spot)
Small Feathers Marking on the Nesting Planks
Fake Nest Being Occupied with one egg.
Nest with two eggs.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Today decided to drive to Raub and along the way meeting a blog reader who is building a BH in Bentong.
He called and wanted to have lunch once I have a good look at his BH.
I told him that will be fined and hope that he will be successful with the new house.
He might want to stopby in Raub to order those meranti planks from someone that I introduced to him some time back.
My intention to be in Raub is obvious. The BH in Raub, which I am looking after, need to be inspected and applied with the special aromas.
I hope to see some new things in the house. Hope to see more nests and new birdshits spots.
There will be a discussion on the Swiftlet Farming Guidelines in Sabak Bernam, Selangor soon.
I was informed that YB Ronnie Liew, Selangor EXCO member, might be attending the meeting.
I might be invited. If it happen I will put everything down to attend this special discussion.
I am sure I will be vocal on issues that will help the Swiftlet Industry.
No firmed date but I am looking forward for the invitation letter.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I saw this interesting hand held gadget that can measure the moisture content of papers.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
He was just a store keeper with TNB Kuching Sarawak.
I remembered I was on route from Sibu to Pontianak and stop in Kuching for one night. Mr Musa make the effort to drop by the small hotel where I stayed and we chat for almost two hours.
He showed me some photos of his single story building with one tall manggo tree at the back.
He gave me the house dimensions and I quickly sketched what he needed to carry out.
I calculated the number of tweeters, amplifiers, those sounds, the aroma and so forth.
I was suprised that he place the order on the spot. Remitted some money and asked me to ship them across as soon as I am back in KL.
I did the shipment with nothing less then a responsible person and the rest I left it with him. Everytime I receive his call I will always advised him what to do. At the same time I reminded him to advise me if the project does well.
"Pak Musa please cut down the Manggo tree at the back of the house."
Yes he did and today I received this very nice email from someone who knows how to appreciate those who provide some small advise.
Good for him and I always hope that I will alway be the same. No matter who you are I always treat every one the same. Even my enemy I will treat the same too....... but this time I will get ready with my bill .... he he he
Title: MYFirst Bird Nest
Salam sejatera Pak Harry:
(Good day Pak Harry)
1.Setelah beroperasi selama 3 bulan kini saya dapati ada 8 biji sarang pada bird house saya
(After in operation for 3 months now I found 8 nests in my birdhouse)
2.Terima kasih Pak Harry kerana tidak lokek berkongsi maklumat dan tunjuk ajar
(Thank you Mr. Harry for being so generous in sharing your knowledge and advises)
3.Saya masuk ke dalam bird house pada pulul 2 petang nak tengok sarang, saya dapati walet tu dah masuk balek maybe nak jengok sarangnya.
(I entered my birdhouse today at 2.00pm to check on the nests and I found the birds came in too. Maybe she also want to see her nest)
4.Saya lupa nak ambik gambarnya!
(Sorry I forgot to snap some pictures)
Terima Kasih Pak Harry
(Thank you Pak Harry)
You migh want to talk to him and learn something. His contact number is 0198885840. Note he is located in Kuching and your phone bill might be ........
Friday, March 20, 2009
I was at a friend house and while waiting read a book about this delicous looking fruits that are very commonly found in Malaysia.
They call it "Ara" Fruits.
It looks very juicy and trust me they are good for your health.
They have a high content of sugar and they cure lots of dieases. The best is its curing capabilities for piles (Buasir).
I plan to do more research on this fruit and what it can help us plus our swiftlets.
There are a few interesting activities happenings up there and the best is to be in Juru.
A blog reader called and wanted me to drop by to look at his new BH unit under renovation.
"Harry my new BH is half way through, can you drop by and make your evaluation? I need to make sure the BH will be successful and your help will be most appreciated."
Well since I am up there I told him that I will be happy to be at the site on Monday.
Beside Juru, I was asked by a BH owner to find a suitable buyer to buy a ready made BH with 30 - 50 nests inside.
"Harry I need you to find a genuine buyer for the unit. If you can find a buyer I have one more empty shop house for you to look at."
I am sure there will be lots of newbies who wanted to start with one and getting a BH with some nests is better then to start with zero.
Yesterday I met a new enthusiast and he wanted me to help him in the development of his land in Labis, Johor. He has five pieces of agri land and is looking forward for me to drop by and conduct a bird population evaluation.
The lands are freehold and if you wish to move out to those agri land please give me a call.
Mr K of Kelantan SMS indicating that there is a BH in Kuala Trengganu town with more the 580 nests, three stories going for 1.5 million.
I do have a few blog readers who wanted to buy empty shop houses in the vicinity of Wilayah Perseketuan about 1 hours drive.
Those who have any empty shop houses please contact Harry for help to sell or to convert to a BH.