I was asked to comment about the Bh in these pictures that were sent to me few days ago. It was from my reader who had attended a seminar. He wants to share with me what he has learned and wants my comments. He is new in Swiftlet farming and he wouldn’t want to be lead by the nose. Here is the email from him.
Good day Sifu James,
I'm here to share my experience of attending seminar with the local xxxxxx xxxxxxx.
Last day I have attended a swiftlet farming seminar organized by xxxxxx xxxx of xxxxx. My purpose of attending this course is to get a cert to apply for the farming license. I'm glad to say I'm very lucky to have found your blog and have read your blogs before attending this seminar.
The speaker doesn’t believe in bird test and a good swiftlet sound. He said that all places in are full with swiftlet, so don't worry about no birds. Those who say you need to do a bird test before can build a BH is "tipu". This make my partner and I have a little argument, my partner blamed me for wasting money to have bought a new land (Bird test result 100-200birds or more) as we can use the land we already have (1st land-respond 5-20birds, 2nd land 2-10birds) and "pelan-pelan" the birds will come too.
2nd the using of good meranti merah wood like you always said in your blog, but the speaker said as long as the wood is soft and no smell it can be use as the nesting plank. My partner suggest me to use julutong wood instead using meranti merah wood (Because of the lack of budget my partner always query the materials I want to use into our BH and I not blame her. By the way I will stick using the meranti merah wood.)
Most of the topic presented are quite basic, off cause there is a new things I have learn from that seminar too. Especially the Translocation & Imprinting Tactic (Speaker not believe in calling bird tactic, the sound) where we, the BH owner can buy the cave baby birds from wildlife and bring it into the BH (Translocation), when the baby birds 1st open their eyes the "Imprinting" process will happen where the baby bird will print that the BH as their home in their mind and the baby will never leave the BH. Quite impressive…but not sure it will work.
After that we are allowed to visit the BH which is said as a very successful BH own by the speaker. I'm not sure whether it is really successful or not, the BH (20' x 40' x 2F) seem not fully occupied after operate for more than 5years, inside have little tweeter, no humidifier, no temp & humid measurement gadget, molded plank, some of the bird nest look too dry and cracked. Only upper floor are occupied by birds (Entrance Hole is from lower floor) and none in lower floor. I will share some picture to you. Please comment.
That seminar and BH visit is my very 1st experience, and I really enjoy it because I can apply what I have learn from your blog to evaluate the BH visited not by just accepting everything I saw and presented by them. Thank you very much Master James, hope you can continue writing more in your wonderful and excellent swiflet farmer blog. Thank you.
Well my sincere comment by judging from these pictures are as follows: