This Swiftlet farm started operation in 2013. It has less than 30 nests now. It is located in Sarawak. One of the best places to do Swiftlet farming. The geographical landscape is perfect for Swiftlet farming. Where did it go wrong? It is not the location, but the Swiftlet farm itself to be blamed. I have many students and clients from this area. They have followed my design and abide by the basic control of the internal environment standard. They are currently doing very well. Their Swiftlet farms have few hundred nests just within a few years of operation. What happened to this Swiftlet farm?
I was surprised to see it adopted the Tunnel design. The Tunnel design was famous in Indonesia and there was quite a number of it in Northern Peninsular Malaysia. It is a complicated design. Modern Swiftlet farms do not adopt this type of design anymore. The Tunnel design pushes the birds to fly deep inside. In order to reach the nesting areas they have to fly through a tunnel (the staircase for the farm) before reaching the nesting areas. It takes a longer adaptation time for birds to fly into the nesting areas. If given a choice, I would never use a staircase as an Inter hole.
Many cited that this design helps to reduce light and prevents it from reaching the nesting areas. Don't they know that there are many ways to reduce light effect other than opting for Tunnel design.
There are too few tweeters and they are not installed at strategic places. As we know young Swiftlets like to build nests on top of the Tweeters and around them. If every Tweeter could attract a pair of birds to build a nest, why not install more? Tweeters are not expensive. It is less than 1% of the building cost. Thus, I really don't understand. Why wouldn't the owner install more tweeters? It is a Mystery!
As usual, a sound system plan was given to the owner so that he knows where and how to install all tweeters from the Entrance hole to the roving areas. The diagram and guide on setting the amplifier volume and tune for every each floor of the farm were also provided.
I always believe in the principal of basic analogy when it comes to Swiftlet sounds. Stick to the basics. Through many years of involvement in this industry, I have seen all sorts of things. There are Swiftlet farms using more than 10 different sounds and changing them every hour. This is confusing and it defies the process of animal adaptation. Well, I will talk about this in my next article.
I am very sure that after the revamp, the number of nests will increase. Having a good location and now all it needs is a good Swiftlet farm to attract all the Swiftlets from the surrounding areas.
Good Swiftlet Farming All!