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Friday, October 21, 2016

Pedas BH: The BH Revamp Operation Is About To Complete !!!

The Pedas BH revamp operation, only the top most floor, is nearly over.

Very excited to launched it and hopefully those swiftlet will love what I have done.

Firstly was the LMB (main entrance hole) was restored from the old to the new shape.  The entrance hole now is opened as such the size is 2.5' wide by 3' height.  The opening is layered with wood so that mounting of tweeters will be much easier.

The connecting door from the entrance room to the nesting room now is moved to a better position.  This time the birds need not make a 90* turns but can fly straight with just a small turn.

The strong light entering the main entrance hole is being reduced by erecting another room (light blocking room) just after the 1st room.

This will be the room where an LAL will be erected on its floor.

As for now this new room will be mainly for the light blocking.

To make the back room more attracting I have decided to erect another wall that create the main VIP room.

This VIP room will be where those swiftlet will occupy and perhaps start their colony.

The new walls now create another VIP room that is located at the east of the floor.  I called it as the 2nd VIP room.

Looks very well done and now what I need to do is to install those tweeters, fake nests, external sound tweeters and perhaps spray some aromas.

I have also mobilized 2 chicken coop humidifiers.

Once the revamp works is over will conduct a test run and see what kind of response those birds will do.

The aim is to do up the top floor and wait for the nests to touch 300 nests.

Once that is achieved the second floor will be repair to accommodate more birds in this BH.

It might take some time to achieve this but at this moment I think the top floor alone can cater for a sizable number.

The owner can now see the changes that will take place.

Her fear on the owls was well taken care of.

I have installed 2 owl traps inside the main entrance room and any time this predator entered they will be cornered.

Hopefully this Monday the BH will be put into operation.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Corner Buster: How Can The Plastic Chain be More Effective?

Something seems to be wrong about the installation of "corner buster" at Carey Island BH.

I wanted to improve the shape of those nests at the old BH at Carey Island.

About 45 days ago I arranged the installation of plastic chains at about 40 locations.

The job consisted of identifying the right locations and remove the nests.

Once removed the plastic chains were installed to make those birds moved to its sides.

Unfortunately after 45 days the number of birds returning to the same spot was less than 15%.

The caretaker and the BH owner wanted my full explanations why what was predicted is not happening?

I cannot find a suitable answer unless I came over to take a look at the installations.

Today inspected the affect BH and after analysing the chains installations I think there are a few issues that can be the possible reasons:

1) Out of the 40 pieces installed only about 5-10 that shows some sign of new nests being erected.  The rest seems to be abandoned by the birds.

2) One have to understand that the corner buster idea was mainly used on 90* corners that are not covered with wood covers.

3) As for BH already installed with corner covers usually made of wood the nest will be located something like this skech:

4) With the installation of plastic chains the nest should move to either the left or right sides of the chain like this sketch:

5) However in this Carey Island BH the birds seems to be a bit annoyed with the chain and they refused to return to the same location.

6)  There might be many reasons why but I am of the opinion 45 days might not be long enough.  They might have returned to the same location but took a much longer time to decide to move to the side of move to another location.

7) There is also a very strong possibility that they still wanted to try to find ways to out smart the chain.  There were two or three spots where they go underneath the chain and erect their new nests.

My recommendations are as follows:

a) We need to give them more time and see the progress.

b) During today's visit I asked the worker who came along to spray super pheromone on both side of all the chains.  I assumed that the super pheromone will stimulate them to quickly start building their nests at either the left of the right sides.


c) There is something not right with the situation.  My thinking was that if all those tests conducted on corners without any corner covers are giving a 95% success rate then why don't we remove all those corner covers?

d) Another method which was not tested is to perhaps install a fake nest one on the left and one of the right so that we assist the couple to move.

The above ideas might need to be evaluated deeper.

We have no answer right now.

The more we carry out the necessary test the better will our chance to find the right solution.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pedas BH: This BH Need A lot Of Help !!!

The owner literally surrender and wanted my help to reactivate it.

I entered the BH to evaluate what was wrong with it and realized a few things that many BH owners are not aware about.

Yesterday after a JV was agreed upon I entered for the second time to evaluate the scope of works to be carried out inside this BH.

No1 is to clear the surroundings.  The caretaker allows lots of these bushes and trees to grow almost 7 feet around the building.  I cannot find the entrance gate into the fenced areas.

No 2 have something to do with the owls attacks.  The caretaker claimed that there was a new couple that are staying inside the BH.  When I was inside I saw one that flew out and left about 4 eggs.

No 3 the entrance hole areas.  The current hole is elongated about 4 feet long and 2.5 feet high.  The lips were rough finished with very little attention given on the tweeter's arrangements.

No 4 is about the hexagonal tweeters.  I always promote the installation of hexagonal tweeter.  There was none installed at this BH.

No 5 is above long distance tweeters (bazooka).  I think if you install a set of medium range tweeters it will generate more visitors to this BH.

No 6 have something to do with the cantilever cement walkways inside the first room.  This cantilever walkway served very little purpose except is allows those owl to rest on it the moment they entered the main entrance hole.  I need to remove them.

No 7 have to do with the floor lay out.  The LAL on the top most floor was at the opposite end of the main entrance hole.  If those birds wanted to fly downstairs they have to take a very long flight.  It should be somewhere closed to the main entrance hole.  In view of this situation I need to whack the floor open.

No 8 is the floor darkness.  The consultant who gave the floor layout recommendations must be blind.  His mind must be congested and little knowledge about swiftlet.  I heard he was a Professor but I believe swiftlet is not his major.  The top floor was way too bright with no VIP room and with only one room erected just after the main entrance hole.  The amount of light polluting the nesting areas was way to high.

No 9 is about those nesting planks.  Nearly all are dusty and covered with either dust of fungus spores.  They need to be properly cleaned and applied with anti fungus chemical.

No 10 is the installation of 90* wood covers.  I am of a strong opinion that every new young couple that enter a new BH will look forward to erect their nest at thow 90* corners.  Why are we covering them?  I need to open them especially those that are facing the flying in path.

No 11 still on the nesting planks.  The layout of the nesting planks need addition row of cross woods.  These cross woods will add more nesting space and at the same time introduce new 90* corners.

No 12 is about internal sound tweeters.    In the first place the type and shape is wrong.  The second wrong doing is the location where there were installed.  Should not be in the middle of now where but closed to those 90* corners.  I need to re move all and install a new set of tweeters.  This time I plan to use AG 35 tweeters.  All tweeters inside the VIP rooms will be of AG 35 model.

No 13 is about external sound tweeters.  There were a few of them inside the nesting rooms beside the entrance hole but I think they were not well installed.  The precision of where to place them is important.  I need to remove and arrange precisely where they should be located.

No 14 is the quality of amplifiers.  The owner seems to spend very little money on this important gadget.  Using a RM 150 amplifier type is not a good solution.  My best experience is to opt for two units of Teknik BZ 106 with 6 channels with volume controllers.

No 15 is about the BH wetness.  The was a set of mist jet pump.  The owner claimed that it was send for repair.  The pump will help to wet the BH.  Right now after the pump failure it is very dry.

No 16 is about the fake nests.  I can safely predict that the swiftlet species found around this BH love fake nests.  Out of 20 nests found inside nearly 18 were using those plastic made fake nests.  This is where their weakness is.  My plan is to give them as many as I can.

No 17 the smell inside the BH.  I think the smell is plain and no bird shit smell.  A couple of 10 liters will do a big job to neutralize the stranded BH.  Plan to ferment as many liters as possible.

No 18 is the selection of proper sounds.  Current sounds are obsolete and need a new set.  Maybe can use a few especially my new sounds in my collection.

Hope to start revamping this BH soon.

However my first task is to get a JCB tractor to clear the surroundings.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Discovered The Method to Block Those Bright Light From White air Ventilation Holes Pipes !!!!

This BH at Taman Anggerik in Kuala Kangsar came with white colored ventilation holes pipes.

The building contractor was not aware of how sensitive those swiftlet are to bright light.

Every floor the number of ventilation holes was about 45 holes.

If you visit the BH prior to the revamp operation you will see that each pipe will act at a lamp on the wall once you switched off all the light.

The owner was not aware of how serious those light from these air ventilation holes.

When your nesting rooms are too bright you will usually face the following problems:

1) New couples that entered into your BH will stay for a few days and soon they will check out'

2) Those that came in and stay will continue to stay and refuse to erect their nests.  They become like a pest like a tenant who rented your house and refuse to pay their monthly rental fee.

3) Those bright light will led to a syndrome called lots of birds but little nests.  There are many facing this syndrome and I have recommended to block those bright lights.

The day when I sat down with my workers they came out with something I should say genius.

I was expecting the standard method like applying black paint on the pipe or tape it up with black masking tape but he came out with a more practical method.

He showed me that the white pipe can hold the gray colored 4" diameter sized pipe.

In fact it can hold very nicely and all he need to do is to cut a piece of it about 6" long and plugged it in.

Once that is done we can use the usual 90* elbows fitted with extension pipe about 1-2.5 feet long.

This was proven to be simpler and faster to eliminate those light.

Please enjoy these pictures taken.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Taman Anggerik: The First Day Of Operation Was Not That Bad !!!

After 13 days of renovation this BH was finally on its way to be populated with swiftlet nests.

For the pass 5 years it was with zero nests.

The owner claimed that he so far have engaged 3 consultants.

I was the 4th and the best according to him.

Today after installing the external and internal sounds, I was so relief to see the first batch of birds started to enter the entrance holes.

The front entrance holes ( 2 holes) received about 7 birds while the bacl (1 hole) received 3 birds.

Total on the first day was 10 birds.  Not bad.

I told the owner to allow the BH to run for the whole day and he will get more birds into his reactivated BH.

The installation of a monkey house by a contractor and opening of a new entrance hole at the back are two very important milestone to get more birds entering the house.

With two sets of entrance hole I now played two sets of external sounds.

If the prefer the sound at the front they will be entering the 2nd floor and if they are in love with the back entrance hole sound they will be populating the top floor.

This BH now designed to operate like a two BHs in one.

The floors are now wet all the time.

The air are filled with water droplets from 6 sets of chicken coop humidifiers.

All the BH nesting planks were properly cleaned and installed with a new set of internal sound tweeters.

A total of 350 new tweeters were installed.

In addition the external sound tweeters (AG 35) installed was about 55 pieces.

This BH will be the best BH, six stars, in the whole of Kuala Kangsar, Perak.

Once those wild birds entered they will not want to stay in any other BH around it.

The floors were sprayed with Mutiara aroma and insect generation basins were installed on the top floor.

One very special installation found in this BH is a LED street light installed at the back of it.

Main intention is to act as a navigation tool but at the same time to attract lots of insect once the light is on.

Let us wait and see what happen when the BH operate for at least 3 months,

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Taman Anggerik BH: Taking Shape and About To Be Ready !!!

This is what I called Transformation.

This BH was with zero nests after 5-6 years into operation.

The root cause was this weird method of entrance hole and the arrangement of doors to get those birds into the nesting rooms.

The flying path to the lower floors are also net very bird's friendly.

After 1 week of hard work the BH looks better and more friendly.

I came out with the idea of:

1) Having two entrance holes for those birds to enter the top floor and the lower floors.  The one at the back, a totally new entrance hole, will be for the top floor while the front entrance hole, which I have asked it to be with a monkey house, will cater the birds entering to the lower floors.  A new hole on the floor (LAL) was opened and now when those birds enter the monkey house they will be directed to the lower floors.

2) I introduced the idea of building a monkey house.  Previously it was a top entry with a small opening on the top.

3) To operate two BH in one.  This will be a special method and those birds will not realized that.  Depending on which entrance hole they choose they will be directed to which floor or which of the two BHs.

The revamp operation looks good and about to be completed,

What need to be done right now are the followings:

1) Installation of external sound tweeters at one of the two entrance hole.

2) Installation of external sound tweeters around the LAL hole.

3) Installation of external sound tweeters on all those doors erected inside the BH.

4) Installation of internal sound tweeters on the second floor.

5) Installation of external sound tweeters at the lowest floor.

6) Installation of white and street light at the two entrance holes.

7) Installation of owl traps at the two monkey house areas.

8) Installation of owl spikes.

9) Installation of the mist pump system.

10) Installation of amplifiers to the various cables and timers.

11) To test and select the most attractive sounds.

A long list but it will be ready probably within a few more days.

Will report more about it when fully operational.

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