I completed a nest harvesting operation at one of those BHs under my care.
While driving home I keep thinking about how to use these raw nests to lure those swiftlet into a new BH?
Yes we already have those cluster tweeters, chandeliers, kite tweeters, fake nests made of gel, fake nests made of aluminium, fake nests make of cemara leaves but are there any other things that can be added to see if those swiftlet have any special preferences.
The idea that came to my mind was something like this.
"What if I glue those raw nests onto a piece of 4"x5 " boards or nesting planks 6"x5" and screw these planks/board onto the nesting planks?"
It looks something like this:
Before and after:
If this idea works than we now have another interesting method on how to lure more birds inside our new BH.
Just imagine if we put in 100 of these and say 20% are taken, we now have 20 sets of swiftlet that are our permanent tenant.
Once they use this nest for at least one cycle we can remove it.
Those swiftlet will still stay in and hopefully they will come and build their new nest on the same spot.
If it does not work, so what?
At least we try something new.
For any of you who try this idea please remember to send me report plus pictures so that we can share with the rest.
Best of luck to all those who are brave enough to try new ideas !!!