I had wanted to change the room but it was already 5 am. So I decided to get up. Mr.Reader picked me up at about 9 am. I felt very tire because the whole night was not good for me. Worse of all I was down with flu.
Being a swiftlet enthusiast nothing could stop me from my plan of visiting farms, so the schedule goes on. We had our breakfast and headed for a farm not far from the Hotel. On the way I picked up some Panadol to relieve my cold. It was a huge farm which is 80x100ft , a one floor farm.
It was brilliantly done by Mr. Reader. It was a factory unit converted into a farm. It is not an easy task as most factories are constructed with steel & zinc roof . To control the micro is not easy.
Fantastic job , but the farm is too big and the birds that come in felt insecure. It was like an assembly hall. So it needs some partitioning to create room so that the birds would feel more comfortable.
When partitioning a farm , one must know and understand the flow of air & flying path of birds any mistake made would obstruct the above. There is no guessing game as it would cause more damage than good.
This farm has attracted many birds in a short period of time. There are so much room for improvement. Now the most important thing is to create as many colonies as possible to push up the numbers of nests.
There are many gadgets in this farm, water sprinklers, Hygrostat, exhaust fan,etc. These gadgets actually helped to control the micro to a good level. Bravo Mr.Reader.
I had advised him to seal & erect some partitions at some strategic areas of the farm. I guess in a short time the numbers of nests will shoot up. The size of this farm is huge , if it is not designed properly then birds would only make nests in certain corners or areas of the farm.
This would make the nests growth stagnant. After spending few hours there we decided to go for for lunch.
After lunch, there is another new farm to visit. It is about 1/2 an hour drive from the town.It is under construction. And the owner didn't engaged a consultant. The whole design was based on what the owner knows.
I was invited to give some advice because the owner worried that his design mine not be good and it may not be swiftlet friendly.
(half way construction of a farm)
( successfull farm, see how small is the entrance hole)
(Wah! still can find such small lane in the middle of the town)
( he is where we had our dinner)