I came across entrance holes painted with huge birds of course black color birds surrounding the walls of the entrance hole and the roving areas. The moment I see that I could sense disaster . The Bh's owner is putting poison in his own rice bowl.
I ask the owner " why did you do that for?" Often the replies were "I see people do it so I follow lah..! I want to attract birds to fly into my Bh."
Without letting him know I knew it was a disaster. He is killing his own Bh. It is silly to do that and most of them had very poor drawing skill and the intention of drawing Swiftlets ended up as crows or predator birds.
They actually frighten the Swiftlets instead. I have seen this in many Bhs to the extend some even put replica or decoy of birds in Bh. Some of the replicas looked more like predators birds.
Their imaginations tell them that is what birds wanted but in reality it is not. So don't let your creative imagination fools you. I can tell you in Swiftlet farming your biggest enemy is your own imagination.
The basic to understand is 1)when there are Owls there are no Pigeons, 2)when there are pigeons there are no Owls, 3) When there are Crows there are no Pigeons and via verse.
When you understand this you don't have to install flash or Neon lights at the entrances holes to deter predators . Anyway putting all these lights will not (110%)help at all. In fact the strong lights will frighten the swiftlets also.
Like I had always advised " Do not simply do things that you are not sure of".
Good Swiflet farming All!
(Scare crows: Plastic crows hanging from the ceiling of the corridors at the High Court in Georgetown)
GEORGE TOWN: The courthouse here has opted for a creative solution to solve their persistent pigeon problem artificial crows.
Visitors entering the court's premises via its Farquhar Street gate will be able to see at least a dozen plastic crows hanging from the ceiling in the corridors of the original court building.
Court staff members, who requested anonymity, said the crows were installed several months ago to scare away pigeons that built their nests in the sheltered nooks of the century-old building.
The pigeons' presence had caused a headache for the cleaning crew who had to deal with large amount of the birds' faeces on the building's back corridors.
Staff members said the situation had improved since the installation of the plastic crows.
The plastic crows, however, have begun to droop over the months, giving the dummies an eerie life-like stance.
This could be a reason why visitors have mistaken them for real birds.
“I first thought a bird had flown into an electrical wire, but then I noticed more birds hanging from the ceiling. It's very strange that I have not seen them before,” said a legal assistant who declined to be named.
Her friend added that when he first saw it, he thought it was some kind of voodoo.
Good Swiftlet farming!