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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pasir Putih BH Inspection !!!

I was given the opportunity to visit a BH in Kelantan on Monday November 11th 2013.

This was just after my Swiftlet Farming Seminar on November 9th 2013 at Eastin Hotel Petaling Jaya.

The one day Seminar went well with about 9 participants.

On the following day I took a few of them to visit a dual entries BH in Melaka.

On the next day I took a flight to Kota Baru, Kelantan and the owner was waiting for me at the airport.

He took about one hour to reach his two years old BH with about 78 nests so far.

Prior to this BH he was a bat blind about swiftlet farming.

However after serving as a college administrator in Ipoh he fell attracted to swiftlet farming.

He came back to Pasir Putih and erected this 3 and half stories BH on his father's land.

He attended one Swiftlet Seminar in Kota Baru but after that he use the internet to gather all the information required.

His comment about current active blogsite is as follows:

"Pak Harry I think you are the only person who is still active blogging, the rest went dead or missing in action."

He covered lots of my article and decided to have my opinion on what can be done to improve his BH nests population.

I took two hours to be at his BH.

These were my observations and comments:

# The BH was not bad and with very little knowledge about swiftlet farming he seems to have chosen a nice design.

# To have 78 nests after two years into operation with no proper knowledge in swiftlet farming to me is acceptable.

# His BH do have several flaws but I would like to say that he was lucky to have chosen the piece of land that have lots of birds flying home and flying out to search for food.

# His choice of using those light weight bricks as walls on the second and third floor might be dangerous when the hot season starts.  The nesting room temperature might be above 30*C.

# He chooses the monkey house type and its main entrance hole was facing the north.  No entrance hole facing the east (morning light).

# Once those birds entered the entrance hole they have to make a left turn towards the door leading to the lower floors.

# The LAL holes (two of them) were not precisely located and the chances of birds populating the lowest floor might be a big problem.

# The most unusual thing that I discovered was his idea of running his external sound for 24 hours.

# The number of external sound tweeters on each floor was about half the number of internal sound tweeters.

# The number of internal sound tweeters was about 60 per floor.

# The nesting room area have no VIP room(s).

# There was nothing to attract those swiftlet to stay in his BH.

# The internal sound he used was not a common sound and I told him to change.

#His external sound was also giving a kind of noise that makes his own tenant refusing to enter his main entrance hole.

# He uses two set of low end amplifiers.

# He have little idea about the effect of using too many brand of tweeters on the same cable.

# There was no gadget to reactivate the electrical system once tripped.

# He should have done something like planting those figs trees on those empty space around his BH.

# The BH perimeter was not well done.  He should have those cement walk path erected.

# He erected a steel cover that extended the main entrance hole forward.

# His BH have not be visited by owls.

# The nests distribution among the three floors indicated something unhealthy is going inside his BH. A good BH have the most number of nests on the lowest floor and medium number on the middle floor while the top most floor will be the least.  This BH have the most number on the top most floor and the lowest floor.  The middle floor was the least number.

I promised to write my full report for his revamp operation.

This report will tell him the exact thing to do plus sketches and pictures.

I hope after his revamp operation the nests number will move up by 100 percent.

To those who own BH and have not been performing well call 017 7551318

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