Sunday, July 31, 2016
Jerantut BH: Totally Abandoned BH But Highly Potential !!!
Just due to attack by owl this BH was shut down and abandoned.
Yesterday July 29th 2016 I was invited to view this 5 years old BH that was not in operation for almost 2 years.
The owner wanted it to be reactivated and perhaps upgrade some of those internal and external works.
It was constructed in 2012, according to the caretaker.
At first it was okay however after the roof was blown away and those owls keep visiting and staying inside he shut the whole place.
Now the real owner wanted it to be activated using some of the latest ideas from my experiences.
I took some time to have a look at the external, internal and the top roof areas.
My impression are as follows:
1) The location where it was erected is excellent. On the top of a hill and have a lot of open areas around it.
2) The two stories building have a very strong potential. During its hay days there were at least 30 nests in the BH.
3) The roof was blown away but can be easily repair using new heat insulation and water tight paint. First we need to clear all those trusts and ceiling materials away. Maybe water jet the surface and apply leak proof materials on the first day. Once dried we might be able to apply the heat insulation paint above the leak proof materials.
4) The current entrance system (top entry) can be easily upgraded to a monkey house entry either steel frame covered with zinc roof sheet or maybe use those red bricks blocks. Cement the bricks and put a roof on the monkey house.
5) The top floor was wrongly designed. It was too bright due to poorly designed entrance windows about 8'x8' wide. This particular wrong doing tells a lot about the person who designed this BH. I can safely say that he don't really understand those birds characteristics.
6) Another major error was the LAL size and its position. Totally at a wrong place and too big. Again it tells me about how swiftlet knowledgeable the designer was.
7) The current nesting planks were installed with 4'X4' box size. This might be due to wanting to reduce the nesting planks cost or don't know what should be the optimum design arrangement of planks. Again we can conclude that the person who installed these planks have not much knowledge about swiftlet farming.
Well there were a lot more errors but most important is its potential.
If I can be engaged to revamp this BH it will be easily populated with a very short time.
What I have done so far was to prepare the cost on all those materials to be installed and perhaps provide the time frame to complete the job,
Let us hope that my recommendations will be carried out.