Wednesday, October 14, 2009
If You Want To Increase Those Nests Population !!!
In my 7 years of involvement with swiftlet farming I can say that most of those BH that failed are directly due to the level of knowledge of the owners.
Most of the time the failures are linked to how much knowledge the owner accumulated and what tools does he has with him to cure his BH "sickness". Most of them are too dependant on their so call "Consultant" or "Contractor" who built the BHs.
The owner put so much trust on the 2 "Cons" and never a day took their own initiatives to learn a few important points about how to look after the BH themselves.
It never come to their mind that one day the "Cons" will be too busy with other projects in hand and have little time to deliver all those sweet promises.
Some "Cons" will try many unthinkable methods to make the BH owners to be dependent on them for as long as the BH is in operation.
In Sabah I came across a funny way of ensuring that your BH will forever under this "Cons".
What the consultant did was to use those elephant glue and stick those USB sound thumb drive into all the players. In this way no one will be able to change those sounds without his consent.
The irony of this type of selfish actions was that event if the sounds were no longer effective the owner cannot replace those sounds because they were glued to the sound player unit.
You cannot even test a good sound if you happened to come across.
So I coined a word for this kind of action as "Elephant Glue Syndrome". I was very amused with this kind of strange behaviours but that was one good way of ensuring that he will have the full control of all those BHs that he put his hand into.
In Raub, I visited a stand alone BH recently. After my short inspection I did installed one of my powerful birdcall sound "BlockBuster". Within a few short minutes after playing the new sound, out of no where those swiftlets starts to come back to the entrance hole.
The joy shown on the face of the owner was so satisfying. He began to smile and he seem to realised that those over dependent on his consultant was not working.
I gave him a three pages list of things to do.
A few days ago he called and voiced his opinions.
"Pak Harry, this is Mr.Y from Raub. You remember the BH with two birds after 12 months in operation? You know something? After your visit and playing your new sound "BlockBuster" those birds have began to enter my BH. Thank you Pak Harry. Since they have started to enter, I would like to delay the modification works that you proposed. Is that okay?"
Well since it was his BH I told him to perhaps delay the revamp works for a few months and check the number of new nests in the BH. If they are too slow then we might need to carry out those revamp works. It was all up to him I stressed.
The point here is that if there are no birds playing at the entrance hole you need to get your hand on new sounds that can change the situation.
Remember no flying birds at the entrance hole, there will be no new nests in hour precious BH.
You need to have at least three good external sounds and perhaps two for your internal sounds.
You cannot effort to have only one for each and too dependant on your consultants to change the sounds.
The rule of the game is once there are no birds circling on your BH roof top or at the entrance hole you need to replace the sound.
You should be the one who decide when to change the sound and not the consultants.
Make sure you get those sounds from someone that you trust or have a good track records. Not those you got free or from those shops you visited recently. These unproven sound tracks might shoo those birds away. In no time all your permanent tenants will move out.
Foolproof method is to get someone who owns a good collection of good sounds and ask him to come and test all the good sound that he has using your BH amplifiers. Every time he play those sound you check how many birds responded and how do they behaves.
During his trip to test those sounds, ask him to do some checking on all your sound equipment. I am not suprised if most of your amplifiers are not properly sets. 80% of all those BHs I visited have flaws in the amplifiers setting. The control knobs were not in a proper operating positions as such those sounds are not giving out the optimum frequencies to attract more birds into your BH.
Good sound are those that will bring all those birds in the vicinity and upon arrival they will enter the entrance hole. Remember it is better to use a sound that brings 10 birds and all of them entered your BH. No use to brings 100 birds and not a single enter your BH.
Once you have seen with your own eyes the actual responses from those wild birds you then choose the best from those collection. Pay the guy what he deserved and you now got the most powerful sounds in your collection.
Think wisely, follow the right methods and get the best sounds for your expensive BHs. What you need are those nests population and not an empty BH !!!!!!
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