Remember about my newest idea on how we can help our BH new visitors to quickly become our long lasting tenants?
I am referring to this idea about Nest Kick Start (NKS).
Please read these two articles:
You Have To Assist Your Tenants To Build Their Nests
Lets Get Ready To NKS
Today I managed to teach a BH owner to carry out the fake nests installation closed to those active markings.
I visited the Pantai Remis BH and one of the owner turned up to help me with the NKS job.
Before he arrived I have prepared about 50 fake nests with two screws ready for installation.
When he arrived I explained to him on what NKS is all about.
This was what I try to convince him why NKS is a vital tool.
You see when you owned a new BH you are totally dependent on those birds from other sources (BH or caves).
Usually they new couple that entered your new BH are those who are very young and usually they never have much experience in nest building.
Their saliva glands are still virgin and they might have difficulties to erect a full spec house to start a family.
This is where a BH like you should come and help them by providing them with a temporary nest structure.
What you should do during your every visit try to bring with you at least 30-40 ready made fake nests, a screw driver, a ladder and a canister of super pheromone.
Try to look for any new bird shit markings on the BH floor and once found try to locate where those birds are staying the last few nights.
Their bird shits must be fresh and if you are lucky you can see some small saliva or feather markings on those the nesting planks.
Once you have found this you need to prepare your aluminum ladder and climb up to install at least one fake nest.
The best is one at the right hand side and the other on the left hand side of the markings.
Once fixed you shake the Super pheromone canister and spray at least two sprays onto each fake nest.
You can locate all those markings and each provide them with an option for them to quick start their nest.
The NKS primary objective is to anchor the new couple to erect their nest and lay just one egg.
The moment the female laid her first egg this couple will be yours until they die.
Yes for as long as there are not disturbances in your BH they will continue to stay in your BH no matter how many times you harvest their nests.
The Pantai Remis BH owner was very excited over the exercise and he volunteered to carry out all the installation by himself.
I remind him that for the next few week he can come and check the progress. If they are still no signs of marking on the fake nests he need to spray one more time with the Super Pheromone.
I wish I could tell him to upgrade the canister to using those liquid form.