Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Somewhere Inside A 500 Square Feet BH In Kucing !!!
On my way back from Gomantong cave I stopped at Kucing, Sarawak, to meet some friends accompanied by one blog reader from Miri, Sarawak.
An old friend from Kucing have been following blog more than 2 years now and he usually will say hello on the phone once a month.
He started his swiftlet farming activities on a low key due to his financial situation. Even with a very tight financially he managed to now owned about three BHs. Two his own and one on a JV basis.
The other was a blog reader hailed from Miri, Sarawak who happened to join my Secret Swiftlet Farming seminar last month.
He is currently working in a company doing some kind of offshore activities and that week he was on leave.
"Pak Harry I wanted to join you during your Kucing trip and I hope you will allow me to visit any BHs that you will be allowed to enter." I never wanted to disappoint this kind of request but with a small fee.
During the two days stays I was engaged to view two BHs that was pretty new and the birds have started to enter and there were about 5-6 nests in each of them.
Between the two I was fascinated with the second unit.
The first unit and the second were only about 500 square feet in size. Roughly 20 feet wide by 25 feet long. Very small and compact.
The building have those air vent area on the rooftop which were converted to be the top entry system.
The previous owner managed to maximize the utilization of the room areas but cutting short of the roving area and only the entrance plus nesting room were provided.
It was well one and with the appropriate modification by the second owner the number of bird shits spots on the floor and the walls were encouraging.
I gave my full opinion and listed a few additional things to be done to capitalize on the current observations.
The next day I visited another unit closed by.
The size was the same, 500 square feet, but the designer allocated those roving room thus making the nesting room very small.
The owner of this second unit claimed that he rented the unit as such he tried not to splash too much money into it.
The roof were not properly installed with those nesting planks and he concentrate on the walls. What he did was to place as many Styrofoam fake nests as possible. He also used those old scaffolding rack to hold those wooden nesting planks. Very innovative but not advisable.
I was very happy to note that those swiftlet occupied the BH and use those fake nests on the walls.
Have a look at these pictures and the lesson here is that you should never discard those walls. They can be a good place for those birds to build their nests.
We also learned from this visit report that any building, even as small as 500 square feet, can be converted into a successful BH.
Due to the building size the cost to own a BH, in this case, is below 100,000 ringgit.
There are a few more units empty and abandoned, you might want to own one. Call me if you are interested to buy one.
We will help you to convert the unit properly for you.
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