This sad story can either be a bad lesson or perhaps an opportunity that is wide open for those who understand swiftlet farming.
I came to visit a medical doctor for a prescription and explained to him what I was doing in Johore.
The moment he heard about by expertise he started talking about his F-I-L BH that seems to be in a very big trouble.
They wanted to convert the building to cultivation of mushroom if nothing is happening with the bird nest.
I offered my inspection services and he accepted it with open arms.
The next day make my way to the BH location and discovered the reasons why this nicely done BH remained empty.
1) The BH was severely contaminated with owls smell. A flock of owls came to stay and breed inside for quite some time. Three weeks ago the owner removed 6 young chicks and removed their waste. The top floor was totally filled with those white colored patches, I told the owner that if he wanted to reactivate his BH he need to clean those white spots with water jetting and spray with Mutiara aroma once done.
2) The sound system was dead for quite some time. The amplifier was down and no one knows how to repair or find a replacement. The consultant who was responsible for this sound system was no longer interested to help out in finding a replacement.
3) The BH uses a monkey house with two LMB holes. The monkey house was with not proper external sound tweeters that can lure those wild birds over. There was no hexagonal tweeter and the number of piezo tweeters at the entrance hole was not adequate.
4) Both the two floors layout was not very accurate. Although there were VIP room on each floor but their sizes and the door opening were not proper.
5) One very bad desicion that was done by the building consultant was to put very little attention to the proper size of the LAL hole plus it was wrongly located.
6) The only proud achievement of the consultant was the installation of nesting planks. He opted for those five layers stagging but I think it was not the right decision.
7) The contractor left a lot of gaps between the BH ceiling and nearly all those nesting planks. Those gaps around the corners will allow predators to hide or breed.
8) There seems to be very little external sound tweeters to pull those birds to the back of the BH. This lack of tweeters tells a lot on how experience is this so called consultant.
9) The number of internal sound playing tweeters were not adequate and most of these tweeters were wrongly installed.
It will be a heavy task to rehabilitate a BH that has no tenant plus the smell of those owls.
If the owner is not a dedicated person to nurse his BH it will take a very long time to get the first couple to enter.