Thursday, March 6, 2014
Fake Nests: What Styrofoam Thickness Should You Use ???
This is something new which I did not report much earlier.
All this while I was using a thinner Styrofoam materials. The thickest was 3/4 inches.
Then when I visited this Kinarut BH I was fascinated on the numbers of those fake nests being occupied.
The size seems to be the possible reason.
If you measure those swiftlet when they are not flying or when they close their wings the body measurement if about 1 inch.
So if the fake nest width is 1 inch it snugly fitted the swiftlet body.
Initially they will hang at the fake nest however after some time they will actually climb and lay on the top of the fake nest.
They usually mount the fake nest and their body will be totally on the top of the fake nest.
If your fake nests is let say half and inch, the birds will have half of its body on the fake nest while the other half is not properly supported.
This will irritate them and they will not be happy with the configuration.
To make them very happy to be your tenant the 1 inch size is far better.
The moment then take position on the top of the fake nest they will then start to erect some sort of curb to prevent their eggs from dropping.
They do not need too much of their saliva since the bottom part is already ready due to the styrofoam support.
This is where these birds can minimize their time in starting to lay their eggs.
If they go on the conventional nest building method they will need at least three to four weeks.
Using the Styrofoam fake nests they only need less than a few days.
Once the curb made of their saliva his about half a centimeter they can start copulation and within eight days the first egg will be laid.
The moment the first egg is laid you have a permanent tenant.
Others might disagree with me but I still believed that using fake nests is something that will help to quickly populate your new BH.
Once the wild birds used the fake nests for two breeding cycle you can remove them.
Try to install about 100 - 200 per VIP room.
If you wanted to make the fake nests more desirable try to spray their side and top surface with the Super Pheromone.
I can assure you that those birds will take notice of the sprayed fake nests more than those that were not sprayed.
Try to prove that I am wrong.
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