Saturday, April 19, 2014
Breeding Research Works Is Going Well !!!
Even with my hectic schedule I managed to drop at UPM to check on the progress of the swiftlet breeding operation.
The person in charge told me that out of 227 eggs 140 hatched. 8 died and the rest waiting for their turn to hatch.
The 140 are doing well and as compared to the previous exercise the birds are eating well and growing.
I briefed the caretaker on what I wanted him to do especially the procedure that he used.
This project might be small but it will be a very important part of our swiftlet industry.
I stressed to him that if his breeding method works we can use it to populate the many BHs that are empty.
It can also be used to turbo charge a new BH.
If for example a normal BH that are totally dependent on those wild flying birds can have 100 nests a year, we can perhaps push it to perhaps 500 nests a year.
He understood my intentions and will his best to complete the paper works.
His main problem currently is a kind of safety.
Last night he stumbled on a thief ransacking his working place.
He managed to shoo thief away but after a few hours the thief came back.
Due to this unforeseen circumstances he have to move the baby birds to another safe location.
Today he was at the police station to report on the incident.
One of the major cause of baby birds death according to him was getting chocked.
They will turned blue color if they eat too fast or the food is too watery.
I told him to capture the blue colored birds to get the photo in his report.
There is also some problem about mixing the food with boiled water.
It cannot be to soft but at the same time cannot be too hard.
His current feeding method is to use those syringe without needle in front.
The syringe will be used to suck the liquid food into the container and ejected into the baby bird's mouth during feeding.
Normally when they are hungry they will start to make cry for food.
Once fed they will be pretty quite.
Once they are hungry it seems that they will crawl out of the fake nest where they are put into.
This makes it necessary to but the fake nests where they are kept on the floor of the container.
Remember when they wanted to shit they will push their shit out of the nest.
There will be a lot more to be recorded and I sincerely hope this project will be successful.
Call me if you have any additional advises to be used by the caretaker.
Call me at 017 7551318