This particular article is about Swiftlet's Fake Nests Preferences.
I remembered being asked about which type of fake nests that swiftlet will prefer?
In the market today there are many types of fake nests that varies in its price.
Some are made of plastic, some silicone, some aluminium, some plastic covered with cloth, some are in pine tree leaves and of course those made from cut styrofoam.
So which one will bear faster result or shall I say which one will be a prefered type?
From the many BHs visited and various types that I have used, my conclusion is that these swiftlet have no special preferences.
As long as there is a place to cling to and easier to start making their nest they will use any of those fake nests.
However I observed something.
Those that are located closed to internal sound playing tweeters tends to have a higher degree of occupancies.
I believed when those first time birds that entered your BH in total darkness they will usually find their way inside your BH by following the BH external sound.
Once the external sound is switched off they will move to those internal sound tweeters.
Once they have found a suitable internal sound tweeter they will start to use the chosen as their prefered location.
They will laced the selected tweeter with their body smell and will use the location as their prefered location when they entered your BH the next time.
Usually they will stay at the location for a few nights and when the time have come to breed they will start to hunt for a suitable location to build their nest not far away from their prefered location.
This is why you need to install your fake nest closed to these internal sound tweeters.
My recommendation is not more than 2 inches or preferably 1.5 inches away.
Once they have found the fake nest, the male will check the nest suitability and if this new home is comfortable and safe from predators he will start applying his saliva for markings.
To make these fake nest closed to the affected tweeter more attractive my next recommendation is to spray those "Super Pheromone" on and inside it.
This first step by the male bird will eventually leads to inviting his partner to confirm his finding and when she accepted his selected home, she will allow him to start the love making activities.
The love making will last for about 8 days. During this love making period both will help in applying their saliva to strengthen the nest.
On the 8th day after the successful penetration she will lay her first egg.
This will be your lucky day.
The moment the first egg is laid both bird will be your permanent tenant.
They will usually stay in until they die unless your BH is not well looked after.
The use of those fake nests is for your to lure them to stay and lay the first egg.
Once that is done the fake nest served its purpose.
My next recommendation is to remove the used fake nest once your tenant have used it for at least one time.
My preference is to allow those wild birds to use the fake nest for two cycles.
You can remove the fake nest and install it at another location a bit far from the initial location. My advice is to move it to the other floors.
Among the many types of fake nest type I choose the silicone type as my first choice. The second will be the aluminium and the third will be the styrofoam type.
My reason for using the above are as follows:
1) The silicone is soft and easy to install. It is also easy to be removed.
2) Silicone fake nests comes in two shapes the 180* and 90*. I can apply both places if I choose to.
3) The aluminium is simple to use too. When you installed one, you are actually installing two fake nests. The aluminium fake nest have two seats.
4) The most exciting will be the used of styrofoam fake nests. It is cheap and easy to install to. You can install as many as you like and it cost about 20 sen a piece.
So if you are observant plus have the mission to quickly populate your new BH please consider the use of these fake nests.
To make them more effective try to choose the right locations and use "Super Pheromone" on it.
You will see some difference once you follow this special advice.
Trust me because I have tried nearly all the types available in the market and I totally believed in fake nests.
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