One very common characteristic of all those sick or failed to produced nests BHs were their emptiness.
Emptiness in the sense of no partition(s), little internal tweeters, no external sound tweeters in the nesting rooms and no special gadgets to lure those wild birds to be crazy with your BH.
The special gadgets I am referring to are those fake nests and some other things that can get those birds to hang on to when they falls asleep.
I have introduced so many of these gadgets but I would say that until today there are so many BH owners that could not be bothered to try to understand their benefits and how these gadgets can help to populate their BH.
The rule of the thumb is that for every 100 fake nests you install about 20-30% will be occupied once your BH is put into operation. Remember the sound must be proper and the environment inside are within the required ranges.
I was with this Karak BH owner two days back and he was facinated with my effort to install a reasonable number of fake nests in all VIP rooms.
I personally installed not less than 200 fake nests on the upper floor.
There were two types. The plastic and the paper types.
Both were made up of 90* and 180* shape. The 90* were for the angled while the 180* for the flat surfaces.
I have used both types before and both gave me a very high degree of success.
The birds tends to use these fake nests so that they can start their mating activities faster. If they wanted to built their owned nest on their own using own salivar, it will take at least 12 - 18 days to be semi ready.
Remember the female birds will not allow the male partner to have sex with her until and unless their nest is semi ready ie. can receive the two eggs.
Remember once eggs fertilization takes place in her body she has only 8 days to lay her eggs. She need to ensure that he nest is ready before getting into love making mode.
This is why installing those fake nests will help to quickly make the pair into love making mode.
Once the male checked in and proved to his partner that there is an "instant nest" she will have no problem to get into her love mode. In another word allow him to have sex with her.
To those who believed in this little unusual story my advise to you is to try and install some.
You can use those Styrofoam, paper, plastic or wood. Some uses coconut shells and steel plates.
Another interesting advise to you is to make the smell of these fake nests to be as closed as a real nests. They not only looked like real nests but also smell like one.
Yes, what you can do is to prepare a portion using blended raw nests plus some salt. Soak about two raw nests for one day and blend it using a blender. Ferment it for at least one more day to make it smell better.
Apply the thick soup to those fake nests and dry them up to prevent possible fungus before installing them onto those nesting planks.
Try to learn how to install these fake nests at the right place. It must be as closed as possible to your internal tweeters.
Have a good look at these pictures and I am sure you know what I was trying to share.
Those who wanted to have some to try and already laced with raw nests water please call 017 755 1318