Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Cross Fostering Starting Next Week !!!
The cross fostering project will be up and running next week.
This very new (to me) and interesting project will involve the collection of Swiftlet eggs and placing them into Serinti bird's nests.
It sound very straight forward and simple but I think there will be many challenges that needs to be properly followed.
Since it is new and very little investment, we will try to learn as much as we can.
The eggs will be collected from a BH in Pahang and will be carefully transfered to Ulu Langat Serinti house (below a wooden house).
First batch will consist of about 500 eggs.
Out of 500 about 300 will be incubated for hatching. The 200 will be placed into those Serinti nests with two eggs.
We shall remove their eggs and place with swiftlet eggs.
The project caretaker will monitor the progress and we hope to see some development for the sake of new method on how to increase those swiftlet birds.
Frankly this idea started a few months back when a BH owner wanted to get my advise on the nests he collected below a wooden house.
Can it be sold at a price?
After looking at the nests, I told him that those nests were not swiftlet nests but Serinti bird's nests. They were of little value since more that 90% of it were made of leaves or back tree moss.
"So Pak Harry, what can we do with them?"
Well I told him to be frank if you wanted to try something why don't you use these Serinti to incubate Walet eggs and once hatched let them look after these babies?
The babies when they are able to fly will be a great asset to any BH nearby.
He was fascinated with my opinion or idea and dragged me to where those nests were found.
After assessing the situation I gave him the green light to rent the wooden house and carry out some renovation to prevent any possible interferences.
After getting those fences up and some enclosures the Serinti came and start with more birds.
After three months the wooden house is ready to go to the next level.
This is where we are at.
The Serinti nests are now with eggs and the time have come to replace them with walet eggs.
I was very lucky to be contacted by a friend who was willing to let me have about 500 eggs for the first trial.
What I need to do is to drive up to Kuantan and collect the eggs.
This Friday the trip will be on and we will see some action soon.
To those who wanted to learn about this new technique please call 017 7551318.
This will be a new thing to learn and perhaps a new opportunity for newbies.
There will be a small fee for the learning process.