Thumbs up! I really respect their enthusiasm and their courage but somehow this is not enough.
They should have focused on the basic theory of whether the structure they designed and build will eventually attracts Swiftlet to stay and to make nests.
When one gets involved in this Swiftlet Farming thing, I am sure the sensation of wanting to own or start a farm is unbearable.... the faster to have a farm built the better it is, immaterial whether the farm could yield a good harvest in years to come.
But for those who are in such situation normally think that their farm would easily harvest few kgs in 1 or 2 years time. That is very abitious but in reality it doesn't work this way.
This sensation feeling of owning a farm is very common amongst Newbies. Well it is good,this would make them searching for info and coming out with amazing idea.
This urge will eventually make them ended up having a farm like the picture below.
This farm is built in front of a single storey house. The width of the farm is about 5ft. I respect the owner because he could somehow built this farm in such a small area.
But with the wide of 5 ft it is totally disaster. The birds could hardly make a turn in such small narrow area. I wonder had he thought of this? I guess not . If he knew he wouldn't have built it at the 1st place.
Look at the picture above, a trumpet type Long range speaker . Isn't that amazing..ha..ha.ha. Farm's owner could apply their creative idea to their farms but make sure it is practical and able to attract birds.
I had visited many farms, sometimes I could not believe what I am seeing.
Some farms' owners are so creative to an extend of what they did to their farms is actually preventing the birds from coming to their farms and scaring the birds away.
One of the example is playing different External sound every 1 hour or 1/2 hour. I even came across a farm owner, told me that he had created an internal design that will prevent the birds from flying out.
So that all the birds will not go to other farms. What a truly amazing idea.
I replied, if the birds can't get out from the farm then what happen to the birds....I guess all of you know.
While I was writing this, I received a call from a newbie, he complained that when he did a bird test call, the External sound doesn't attract as many birds as compared to the Stress sound and he wasn't happy about that.
I replied that "a Stress sound is for testing purposes and the External sound is for external use and of course some had use it for birds test as well. In fact you know that very well".
He replied yes I knew it very well that the stress sound is for testing only and so on...I was wondering if the Stress sound is good for testing then why do you have to use the external sound for bird test purposes?
So you see there are many of them, actually knew very well that the entrance should not be facing certain sides, there shouldn't be any pillar in the farms, the Stress sound shouldn't be used in farm, a Stress sound is only for birds test,etc....and yet they are still doing it. Probably they just want to see what is the result if they go against it or they are too confident with what they know.
This is not an Art or Drawing which you could add in your creativity when ever you want, if you do it differently or out of the basic criteria guideline or against nature you will be heading for disaster.
I am sure for most who had farms for many years knew very well that there is not such thing as "I will do this first then if it doesn't work then I will try other ways" often most of the things that are done are permanent and making changes need lots of money.
My advise is follow the basic and always know what you are doing. Having good creativity is good but make sure there is no back fire. If you are unsure don't try to be different from the basic.
The more you want your farm to be different from others the more you would be ended up similar to those above.