This is another way to increase nest population in Swiftlet farms. I had posted about the using of Satay stick in my previous post before. Here is the result after Satay sticks had been stapled on the planks.
New nest markings can be seen built on the Satay stick. This technique lures Swiftlets especially young Swiftlets that are inexperienced in building nests to build nests on the Sticks. The Satay stick works as a platform or a track for the young Swiftlets to grab.
Surprisingly, the whole stretch of the Satay stick has nest markings on it. That means there will be more nests built on the Satay stick soon. Prior to this the Satay stick has been dipped and sprayed with Hormone Aroma.
From the observation of the saliva markings on the plank, it clearly indicated more than one Swiftlet had perched on the stick This is often done by young Swiftlets who are first time making nests.
It is recommended a Satay stick should be stapled on every plank if possible. (1 Satay stick on every plank 4-6 foot length).
Do not use recycled or used Satay sticks as they have absorbed meat and charcoal smell.
Preferably to use new ones. They are stapled 2" from the bottom of the planks and 1-2 feet from the corner board. The week before I stapled them, I soaped them into Hormone Aroma for 2 days and dry them indoors. After the Satay sticks are stapled onto the planks spray them with one or 2 burts of Hormone Aroma.
This technique is strongly recommended for new Swiftlet farms who want to attract young Swiftlets to stay and build nests. It also helps Swiftlet farms that want to increase its birds population.
Good Swiftlet farming All!
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