After visiting this BH in Alor Star and watching a huge roving areas inside the monkey house I begin to ask myself what is so significant about it size.
Will a large roving areas affect those birds?
Should it be smaller but the most important is how big should it be?
I remembered visiting a few BHs with the same design with very large roving areas.
One was a BH in Bukit Pelanduk, Negeri 9.
Both houses experience some similar fate where swiftlet do entered the monkey house but they refuse or cannot find those windows into the nesting areas.
After flying inside the roving areas especially closed to the monkey house ceiling they will quickly fly out via the same window that they came in.
Shouldn't they be entering those nesting rooms?
Something is not right and what be so wrong about having a big roving area inside my BH monkey house?
Maybe we have misunderstood how important is this roving areas.
I have a deep feeling that there must be a kind of optimum size for our BH monkey house.
It should not be to large but also not too tall.
The best, I think, should be about 4 meters by 4 meters and not taller than 2.5 meters above the last beam of your BH highest floor.
Main reason why I prefer 4m X 4m is the right size for them to fly in a circle but not to big until they could not find the entrance door or windows into our BH nesting rooms.
Beside the optimum size we have to be careful about the monkey house height.
If you make it too tall there is a very strong chance that those birds when they entered your BH will be playing on the your monkey house ceiling and refuse or cannot find your windows or doors connected to the nesting rooms.
So be very careful on your decision and pick the most appropriate dimension.
Once you have wrongly constructed them, example too big, it will be a very big task to reduce them.
The BH in Alor Star is facing this big size monkey house syndrome.
The only way out of this predicament is to enlarge the entrance window on the wall to pull them into the nesting rooms.
I have suggested the current small windows to be changed to become doors about 3 feet by 6 feet.
I hope with the modifications proposed they will be able to find the nesting rooms.
Call me at 017 7551318 if you have some ideas about this matter.