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Monday, August 23, 2010

Some Take The Water More Seriously Then Others !!!



I remember writing an article on the importance of water or floor wetness in your BH.

It seem that the more the floor areas are wet the more the birds will be inside your BH.

It might be the high humidity or perhaps those wetness helps to soak those bird shits on the floor and helps to decompose them.  During the decomposition the sludge will be smellier and well liked by those birds.

I visited a few of these wet floors BHs and yes the results seem to be much better then those dried floor BHs.

Today I was invited to visit a 1.5 years BH and the owner seem to believe in my theory more then 100%.

His observations were similar to mine.

He currently owned a few BHs.  Some were 100% his and some on partnership arrangements.

Among the many, he has this special one story BH that was initially a water clogged classroom belonging to a Private Chinese School.

When he turned the classrooms into BH he never realized that those wet floors will benefited him and the school board of trustees in the long run.

After less then one year he can already harvest 2.5 kilograms per month. The birds population grew the fastest among the many birdhouses he owned.

"Harry you know why this is better then the rest?  It was the water on the floor.  We have been having heavy rainfall this few months and the BH surrounding was clogged with water.  They entered the house through those drain holes and flooded the BH floor. That was the reason why I believed in your wet floor theory."


He was so convinced and now wanted all his BH floors be installed with containers that are light and wide enough to store water on the floor.

He bought 100 of these Styrofoam containers about 1' X1' X 5' and scattered these containers on the floor.

I was a bit amused with this interesting method and I think it will work.

I think it is a superb idea but maybe he can fine tuned the use of these containers by:

1) Place them at the perimeter of the BH walls.

2) The water kept in the containers should be laced with mosquito lava killer like "ABATE".

3) The other chemical to be added is something that can helps to evaporate the water much faster then normal.

4) I would like that some of those containers to be placed below those nests.  Let the bird shits falls directly into the water container.  In this way they will become soft and decomposed giving out those natural bird shit smell aroma.

Well what I know is that he will not look back and this new findings will helps to get more birds into all his BHs

2 comments:

gcho said...

it may sound interesting and the result shown but then there is a contradiction on this part.As the guideline says :no water or wetness inside BH .We are rather confused.We surely want good result and fast population in our BH, BUT the RULES
and GUIDELINE does not allow us to do. CONFUSED

Harry The Swiftlet Anthusiast !!! said...

We are talking about how to improve the nest multiplication we are not talking about rules. Yes the rule says that u are not allowed to but if are smart enough I am sure you can benefit from the water.