Swiftlet Farming: Million Dollars A Year Income Potential.
Edible Birdnest farming can be considered an ideal, most exciting and a very lucrative business. This venture is suitable for those who live in parts of Cambodia, Southern Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippine and Indonesia. This blog is dedicated to my findings, crazy ideas, encounters with newbies, comments from friends, local news, pictures relevant to Birdnest plus my personal experiences and knowledge gained in swiftlet farming.
Very proud to transfer knowledge to a group of participants who plan to own BHs plus a few who acquired BHs recently.
A total of 10 participants and one that attended half day.
Topic delivered were as follows:
1) Why swiftlet farming is special.
2) How to chose the right location for your BH.
3) Basic design of a BH.
4) Important swiftlet characteristics which you should know.
5) BH aromas and how to use them.
6) Predators that will damage your dream.
7) Wet your BH floors.
8) The most effective method of using your bird sounds.
9) Are you ready to buy a BH?
Please enjoy these pictures.
Call me if you are interested to attend my next swiftlet farming seminars.
I mentioned to the owner that I might want to review and update some of the comments and recommendations made in the report.
In my introduction I mentioned about how lucky to be situated in between a number of BHs that are doing well.
If I were the the owner on any of the 6 units I will take some time to evaluate how many birds there are in those BHs and perhaps calculate the number of nests in all of them.
My reason of suggesting this idea was more towards gathering a rough estimate of how many young birds will be generated every 4 months.
If the total number of nests is say 3000 pieces you can assume that each nest will generate two young baby birds which will be equal to 6000 young birds flying around or closed to your BH every 4 months.
Within 12 months there will be 18000 young birds which will be your potential tenants.
If he can lure and captured about 10% a year he will have a total of 1,800 fresh and young birds which can generate about 900 nests.
With this special surrounding he should list down a plan on how to lure those young birds into his BH.
Forget about those old birds but focus on those young birds.
First thing which I suggested to him was to change his top entry entrance hole to a side entry preferably a monkey house on the top of the current opening.
A monkey house which can fit the opening and about 7-8 feet high will be perfect.
Young birds seems to be more attracted to a monkey house entrance system more as compared to the top entry type.
The love to circle the monkey house during their mating season.
Those tweeters around or on the monkey house can easily make them playful and will give them a better chance to enter your BH.
The owner have agreed and fully understood my recommendations and I am very sure he will soon call me to get my boys over to his BH.
If you have a BH with little progress after some time please call me at 017 7551316
While in Sandakan, Sabah met a BH owner who order about 1000 pieces of plastic fake nests.
He wanted to have a cup of coffee and I consented.
He confided to me that the reason why he ordered plastic fake nests and internal tweeters was because of his new BH.
I knew about him having a BH before so this new BH is his second.
Well well well.
He is moving and adding another BH into his collection.
This was when I told him that he is doing well and I hope he knows how to maximize his 1st BH.
"Have you ever thought of accelerating your nests population of your 2nd BH by using your 1st BH?"
I asked him.
He was a bit puzzled by my question and look deep into my eyes as if his mind was totally blank with no answer.
I am sure there is a list of things that you can transfer from your BH number 1 into your new BH and these things can help to increase the rate of populating it.
Think carefully and I am sure you know them. I told him.
Let me try to list a few:
1) Bird shit. You can transfer them in big quantity, This will mask the cement smell and make the smell of your BH better.
2) Used Fake Nests: If I were you I will use half of those newly acquired fake nests inside your old BH and let them be occupied. Once they leave their markings you harvest them and transfer them into your new BH.
3) Raw Nest: You can harvest some raw nests and soak them into fresh water for about 2 days. On the first day sieve the nest and blend them. Once properly blended soak them back into the water. On the 2nd day you can sieve and use those fermented water. Apply on all your planks using good morning towel.
4) Swiftlet eggs: Might want to collect a few pieces and throw them on the walls of the second BH.
5) Dead carcass. Maybe the smell of those dead birds on the floor will make the smell of your BH well liked by your new tenants. Collect those dead birds and move them into your 2nd BH. Make sure you sprinkle some ants poison around the carcasses.
6) Baby birds: You might want to know about this term "Translocation". Translocation is when you move those young birds over from one point to your empty BHs. Try those that are about to fly ie 43 days old. Try to check on their wings. If their wings started to cross each other the young birds are ready to be Translocated. You need to erect a proper release room for this purposes.
Well you might want to add many other things.
My main point is that you do have a number of things that are usefull inside your 1st BH that you can transfer to the 2nd BH of yours.