It is not the farm fails after one or two years later. It fails the moment it started operation. This is very common in Swiftlet farming. There is a saying “no one plans to fail but it fails to plan”. Where as in Swiftlet farming it seemed like it has planned to fail in most cases.
It fails the moment it starts. The sound doesn’t attract birds. Birds reluctant to come and play Even if they come but they don’t make nest.
Look at those nesting planks it already has mold and fungus before the sound was switched on. This is what I saw in a farm that is less than 5 months old.
It is very hard for me to ask the owner to remove them all and install new planks after they had invested their money in it.
I was asked to have a look this farm which is located in the South of Selangor. The owner was my reader and we have met many times and now he has become a good friend of mine.
The design of the farm was not bad but it needs some touch up. I had asked him to erect few partitions on strategic areas to reduce the light from penetrating into the farm.
He was lucky that not all the planks were attacked by fungus. There was certain percentage of planks which are of poor quality. He had bought the planks from a sawmill which promised it was 1st grade planks. In fact it I call it non- graded.
Well in Swiftlets farming if you are not careful you would be easily taken for a ride.
There are some who said I can’t trust anybody except myself, I bet you, and you can’t even trust yourself because you ain’t got the knowledge to lead yourself to the decision on which is right or wrong or which is correct or false.
You need knowledge to lead you to make good decision therefore have good knowledge would certainly helps.
You need to do it right then only the birds would make nests. You should do a check list. The list should contain all items which I had written on my previous article. Making sure all reach the required standard.
Good Farming All!.