“James my farm has 26 nests now, 6 on the 2nd floor and 20 on the 1st floor”.
This is what Mr.G from Raub said thru the phone.
I had just got back from P.D to check out the construction of a standalone farm and my phone rang. He was very happy. After more than 2 years with only 5 nests thereafter no more increase. The consultant can’t be found anymore.
I was engaged to revamp his farm in Oct 2010. I enlarged the entrance hole, increased the number of tweeters (good tweeters), changed the external (to Gs-9) & internal sound (Hypnotic), sealed up some vent-holes, erected some partitions, hacked few walls, sprayed Love potion and so on. I redesigned the internal to make it easy for the birds to access.
This is what I did. For 2 years that is 24 months only 5 nests and now with such a short period of 3and a half months after the revamp, this farm has 26 nests excluding other nest marking. This’s marvelous.
Though before the revamp the average Temperature was around 28-29c and the Rh is around 85-90%. With such good temp and Rh yet this farm still unable to attract birds to stay and make nests. This makes Mr.G worries.
So what has gone wrong in the beginning? When I first visited the farm there were many problems. I could easily jot many of them down. A piece of A4 size paper is not enough to fill them all.
After all problems were solved now Mr.G could see the result.
I still remembered after the first month of revamp, Mr. G called me frequently and ask many questions. Including those really no logic ones. He is one of those who ask “why 1 month already there is no nests increase?”
I remember I blasted him “Mr. G you can silently wait for 2 years and wasted the renovation cost of Rm 60k without asking the consultant that built you a rubbish farm anything. And I came in to revamp your farm with the cost of less than 5% of what he had given you (a Rubbish farm) and yet you request so many things and asked foolish questions.”
But now he dare not say anything foolish. What to do most if not all swiftlet farmers would expect their farms to have miracle if possible the moment they switched on the sound the next day they want to harvest 10kg of nests. This is not a joke and it is not funny those who had been doing consultancy for Swiftlet farming know what I mean.
There are people like this. Not just a small percentage but a big percentage.
Anyhow I am glad that his farm has improved and hopes that he could remember what I had taught him.
Good Swiftlet farming All.