(even the new shop lots are designed with high inter-floor)
I've just got back from farm visiting in the North. The weather is hot I guess this is Elnino. During this time it would have rain but not this year. It did rain but it is not heavy enough to cool down the air.
Where as in the Klang Valley it rains heavily and the cloud is getting thicker and it seems that the hot weather is over. Birds love rain and now you could see more birds playing as the humidity is high.
During my visit I discovered something. It seems that there is a trend of building farm with the height of each floor beyond the required standard. This is not new in fact many years ago I had visited farms which have inter-floor height of above 15ft. Reason being Swiftlets like it, the higher it is the better. Secondly to prevent thief.
With such myth it is uncommon to see inter-floor height of more than 15 ft. Another reason being is to copy the pre-war shop’s design as most pre-war shops inter-floor is very high. Not only the height is more than 15 ft but the roof also. This is to reduce heat during the day time thus creating better micro.
Well if based on how and what the pre-war shop has achieved then having high inter-floor would be an added advantage.
Height is important but to a certain extent. If the whole design doesn’t compliment or help in enhancing better micro then having very high inter-floor would not serve any purposes.
It is not that farms that have low inter-floor like 8 or 9 ft will be disliked by birds. In fact there are many farms of 8-9ft height are very successful too.
It has to come in a whole package, everything must be at a certain acceptable level in order for the farm to attract birds to stay and make nests.
Building farm with high inter-floor would push up the cost of construction making the building expensive.
Well some say cost is not an issue here but is it necessary to have a higher than normal inter-floor to make a different?
To me any height from 9-14 ft is good enough. Don’t forget the higher it is the harder for us to harvest. That means you need to spend more time to harvest the same amount of nests.
Good farming All!