It is harder and harder to own a successful Swiftlet farm cited Mr. W of Mersing. He has 4 farms which he had started 4 years ago all are doing well except 2 which started later.
All were built by him assisted by his friends.
“James I had followed the same design, used the same material, used the same swiftlet gadget and the same equipments yet it doesn’t attract many birds like those farms that I had built earlier?”
“James the temperature is good average about 28c, the Rh average about 85%......and so on.”
“I hardly see birds dropping after 3 months of operation. Could you please advice?”
I told Mr. Wong, it would be even harder as time goes by with many new farms coming up every day.
Obviously there would be great number of unsuccessful farms but there are also some which are built perfectly that understood the external and internal environment. These good farms are built to attract birds from those existing farms. There are no longer built to rare Swiftlets like those early days.
“Mr. W, They are here to capture all the young birds from your farm....ha..ha.. ”
It is understood that a Swiftlet farm that built in an area with plenty of green away from industrialize activities that has not many Swiftlet farms would have higher chance to be successful.
Therefore it is uncommon to see many going to rural areas to built swiftlet farm. To name a few, places like the border between Malaysia and Thailand (Jeli, Pengkalan Hulu, K.Nerang,etc).
Often these areas would have less competition but not absolutely no competition. It is common to see a properly good built farm to reach more than 100 nests in the first year.
So location plays a part, therefore both External and internal environment are equally important. You could have the perfect farm built but the location is poor then it is useless.
Another one is building Swiftlet farms in those cheap and easily acquired properties, the abandoned shop lots which have no business activities. Often these types of shop lots are cheap but they come with problems. Thief and competition, since it is cheap anybody could afford to buy it. Therefore the whole roll turned into Swiftlet farms and created competition.
Out of the whole roll of farms 70-80% of birds are captured by 1 or 2 farms the rest 70-80% of the farms share the 20% of birds. Unless these rolls of shop lots are located in a very secluded area that have good vegetation.
So when you want to build or own a Swiftlet farm make sure you take understand the Ext and Inter environment. Don’t rush into it. Observes and learn first.
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