This particular BH was taken over by a newbie who have just entered swiftlet farming fray.
He took over from his relatives who wanted to get out of the Industry.
He hope he have got himself well prepare for the great challenge especially in populating a poorly performing BH.
His main source of knowledge are those books and websites.
He mentioned to me that his favorite blog sites are mine and one more blogger.
After following my blog for a number of months he decided to call me for a cup of coffee.
We met a number of times and he soon realized that there are more then what he have been reading.
All that he learned or discovered are still the tip of a big iceberg.
The only way now is to get my service to conduct a proper evaluation on what can be done to further improve his BH.
I took about 45 minutes to view outside and inside.
My points of concerned are as follows:
1) The BH was converted from a kind of small factory about 1 1/2 story high. Top floor was very small about 20 feet long by 20 feet wide. The ground floor was larger about 90 feet long.
2) Its location, in between factory lots, is not something that he can blast those sounds for long hours.
3) The entrance hole of this BH is the top entry using opened roof system. Usually the most preferred will be the monkey house type.
4) The hexagonal tweeter installed seems to be falling apart. The four tweeters installed on a kind of plastic plate collapsed.
5) The mouth of the entrance hole need some kind of modified to make it more attractive. Water proof external sound tweeters should be installed facing the birds flight flying home directions.
6) The connecting door between the opened area and the nesting room looks a bit too big and not properly completed. The door should be reduced to a smaller size to reduce those bright light.
7) The same door was with no proper door frame to systematically installed the right number of external sound tweeters.
8) The number of external sound tweeters and their positions were not properly thought off. I think a proper position will attract more birds into the door.
9) The top floor nesting room areas were too bright and need some kind of partition wall for light reduction. I strongly feel that the whole walls be painted with black colored water based paint.
10) The Lubang Antara Lantai (LAL) looks big enough however the finishing were not well done. Without proper frame there will be lesser urgency of installing proper number of external sound tweeters.
11) I was not very impressed with the way those partition walls were installed. There was this lack of considerations to make life much easier for those precious tenants. The partition walls need some kind of realignment and perhaps one more to block those bright lights.
12) As usual the nesting planks needs some kind of cleaning and perhaps all those 90* corner covers be removed.
13) Internal sound tweeters need some kind of re installed. The direction where they should be facing need some kind of reorientation.
14) There were a few fake nests but I think there should be more like 10-20 times more in numbers. They should be properly installed and at strategic locations.
15) The mist pump should be put into service. Currently the mist system is dead with most of its nozzles blocked.
16) The BH floor was a bit too wet due to water leakage from a chicken coop humidifier. If not rectified the whole floors will be flooded.
17) Some attention should be given to the application of Mutiara aroma and super pheromone inside the BH.
I hope my full report will do some justice to this BH.
Let me share with you some pictures taken during my visit.