Last week was a fantastic long holiday. Finally I could sit back at home and do nothing. I haven’t got a good rest ever since I got involved in Swiftlet farming. I had always wanted to rest and totally stay away from all swiftlet farming activities.
I've intended not to do any farm visiting as I’ve just recovered from flu and I want to….do nothing and rest.
Sometimes when you are too busy…..extremely busy and having a hectic morning till night you just wish all these would stop..If possible just push a stop button everything just vanished. But that would not happen. Even when I was doing nothing there would be things that would pop up unexpectedly.
On the first day of Raya my friend from Thailand calls. “Hi James, I will be in K.L to do some shopping with my family this weekend. I have not seen you for long time could I meet up with you my good friend?”
How could I say no… to a good friend from Thailand.
Mr.K.Sorn of Yala got to know me from my blog many years back. He was the first few pioneer users of Love Potion from Thailand and till now stills a regular user. All his Bhs are using Love potion.
I still remember what he had told me many years ago, “James I wanted to build more Swiftlet farms but I’m afraid. My 2 standalones are not doing well. After 2 years there are less than 80 nests in both Bhs”.
After 5 months of using Love Potion he calls me again this time he wanted to order Amplifiers, tweeters, etc in big quantity together with the Love potion.
Reason being…. For his new swiftlet farms which will be completed soon. I was surprised. I asked him, “I thought you’re not going to build anymore farm?”.
He replied, “James with Love potion I am not afraid anymore, my 2 farms now have about 300 nests after 5 months plus. So I am building more farms”.
Mr.K.Sorn is building another 3 farms on his lands in Southern Thailand. This is how I remembered him and later we became good friend. I used to call him the man who wants more farms and LPs (love potion).
As usual successful swiftlet farmers are brilliant people. For this trip he kills 2 birds with one stone. He took his family for shopping in K.L at the same time he could do some swiftlet farming stuffs.
He wanted to see how Malaysian Standalone looks like especially those that are located down south of Malaysia. With more than 12 standalones now he still wants to build more. This time he wanted something different from how the Thai built them.
I took him to the South of Selangor which is not far as he has to get back to K.L by evening. The traffic was dam good …if every day were like this it would have made my travelling easy.
The place we went was an Oil palm plantation next to the sea. Plenty of vegetation. The Standalones cannot be seen from the main road. Most of them were hidden inside. In recent years Swiftlet farm has been mushrooming here without many people noticing.
I have one here which operated in year 2009. The ….result good….good. And within 1 year there were more than ten of them. Some new ones were built side by side those old Bhs these showed that the old ones are doing pretty well.
There were many different designs of Dog Kennel, some with multiple entries which are more than one entrance hole. While others stick to small entrance type. There is one similarity here all are 3 storey with Dog Kennel type.
Sincerely if you ask my opinion on Standalone I would opt for Dog Kennel. You would agree with me when your Bh reaches 1000 nests and above.
The beauty of this place is that it has many canals surrounding the plantation. It is a low and flat land area which is next to the sea. External environment is fantastic cool wind with high humidity. This is what we want in swiftlet farming. Location is one of the most important factors in Successful Swiftlet farming. If you get the location right the second thing to do is the farm design. The third is the internal aspect of the farm.
The weather was good with bright blue sky. I take this visit as leisure enjoying the scenery but my good friend Mr.K.Sorn takes it as Swiftlet farm visit….ha…ha..
Enjoy the pictures …Good Swiftlet farming All!