Sunday, January 22, 2017
They maybe cute but if they occupy your BH you might need to clear all of them.
I was on a chat with a newbie whose father passed away and he was given the task to manage his BH.
One of his biggest nightmare was the present of many bats inside the BH.
Well the first thing he asked was how to remove these bats.
Posted by Pak Harry The Swiftlet Anthusiast !!! at 4:12:00 AM
Monday, January 16, 2017
They started to return home almost at 7:30 pm.
During the 5 days they were no where to be seen during day time except on a Thursday when the sky was with black clouds.
Initially I was not very convinced that there were about 600 plus birds inside this BH.
The only signs were those nests and nest markings on the nesting planks plus the fresh bird shits.
The owner cleaned the old shit and carried out some harvesting works just before I came to carry out the revamp operation.
On the second everning I waited for them to return.
I was hoping to see them just after the evening prayers call (7:15 pm)but nothing happen for about 15 minutes.
They started to show up and became heavy until 7:40 pm.
Once the clock hit 7:45 the number of birds started to trickle.
The number of birds was around 500-700.
I am hoping that the reduction of the LMB will attract more birds to join the crowd during every evening when the crowd ques to enter the hole.
This action I called it as bird's pulling birds.
Need to monitor this BH progress on a regular basis.
Posted by Pak Harry The Swiftlet Anthusiast !!! at 4:54:00 AM
Saturday, January 14, 2017
The owner wanted to upgrade his 10 years old BH with about 300++ nests.
He mentioned a few complains and wanted my best solutions.
I discovered a few very weird thing about this BH.
One of it was that it was in a 3 stories shop house building however the BH was only one floor.
The weird thing is to know that it was on the middle floor and not the top floor?
A very strange thing. The more you think the more you will get confused.
He must have some strong reasons to opt for the middle floor.
Well he claimed that he was the first to start the farming before his neighbors started doing the same.
They lured many of his young birds and now he wanted to fight back.
This was where I was asked to inspect and recommend how to bring back those young birds.
The number of nests, according to him, was stagnant and the time have come for him to take some action.
When he called for help I was about 20 minutes drive away at Ulu Tiram.
I stopped over and review what was wrong with his BH.
I only wrote a few things that I feel need to be done.
After handing over the brief report he called asking for what is the cost to carry out the upgrade.
I thought he wanted to carry out the works himself.
No Pak Harry I want you and your workers to come over and do precisely what you have recommended.
Oh ya ya.
That was the history of how I got myself over for 5 days.
The list of things that were carried out are as follows:
1) The main entrance hole or LMB was reduced in size slightly.
2) Now the LMB is lined with wood so that those tweeters can be easily installed.
3) I changed the old external sound tweeters (3 pieces only) with my trusted AG 35 tweeters. I installed 4 pieces.
4) With many reighbors staying opposite I have decided to have a dedicated line for sound management. This 4 pieces of tweeters will only be activated twice a day about 1.5 hours each day during those peak time.
5) The roving room entrance window was converted into a door. This door will allows those birds to fly in not only from the top but also at the bottom. It tends to be bright but necessary precautions were carried out to reduce those morning sun light.
6) The second door that connect the roving room with the main nesting room was slightly reduced to cut down the bright light.
7) All the wall surface of the roving room was painted with black colored paint.
8) The main nesting room consisted of two part. The main was to wide so I erected a wall to introduce a VIP room.
9) The second room on the left was turned into the 2nd vip room by erecting another small wall. The BH now is with two VIP rooms that are currently the most populated.
10) I brought about 200 feet of nesting planks to close those wide boxes on the ceiling. I introduced about 9 rows of cross woods. These cross woods created more 90* corners (300 of them) and at the same time increase the nesting surfaces.
11) The whole house now is with about 180 pieces of new internal sound tweeters. The old was too few so I have decided to remove all of them and introduce a new set.
12) To pull those birds to the back of the VIP rooms a number of chocolate tweeters were installed.
13) The amplifiers were changed however one of the old were still used to play the sound for my kite tweeters.
14) I introduce 4 pieces of kite tweeters. This is a very interesting gadget where it will help to bring more net in between the two tweeters.
15) Both the external and internal sounds were changed.
16) The kite tweeters plays an external sound for 18 hours.
17) The floor was installed with two humidifiers and set to operate 5 times a day.
18) Managed to spray the nesting room floors with sea weed water and bird shit water before I left the BH.
It is now perfect and I assure the owner that within 8-10 month he will see some changes.
I reminded him to call me to come over to check his BH every 2-3 months.
I hope he will follow all the instructions given.
Posted by Pak Harry The Swiftlet Anthusiast !!! at 5:52:00 PM
Sunday, January 8, 2017
While taking pictures during a test run, a Hornbill couple stopped on the monkey house roof.
This is not welcome and I can assure you that when the number of birds staying inside is large enough the same couple will visit this BH on a frequent basis.
Main reason being to catch those swiftlet when they come closed to those tweeters.
The hornbill will feed on them or perhaps take home to feed their young one.
I am not very sure what to tell the BH owner to do but ........
The fate of the two black birds will be in the hand of the the BH owner.
I can only give in the pros and cons.
Posted by Pak Harry The Swiftlet Anthusiast !!! at 6:30:00 AM
Saturday, January 7, 2017
This was the test run conducted after the revamp operation was completed.
Not that bad especially when they came to attack those bazooka , hexagonal tweeter and the power tweeters.
You can also watch them flying in straight into the new entrance hole.
The old was half shut to allow the current tenants (2 nests) to enter using the old hole.
Looks okay but below my expectation.
The BH now operated with two external sounds and one internal sound.
The bozzoka and power tweeters are with one external sound while the hexagonal and the rest of AG 35 tweeters at the main entrance hole and inside the BH are running the second external sound.
Need to install three new amplifiers.
Two new amplifiers were found not functioning during the start up.
Posted by Pak Harry The Swiftlet Anthusiast !!! at 11:30:00 AM
Friday, January 6, 2017
Yesterday collected freshly prepared cross woods for Masai BH.
The supplier agreed to cut the nesting planks into 3-4 feet long so that they can be easily fit my Camry car boot.
After collecting decided to clean the wood surfaces and apply SP pheromone liquid.
This applying of aroma before fixing is something which I think should be done in your BH.
The wood will be more attractive to those wild birds.
Once clean I applied a layer of the liquid and wrap them with plastic sheet.
In this way the wood surface will be free from any dirt or sweat during handling.
The prepared wood will be taken to Masai and installed as cross woods.
Beside the SP aroma I plan to apply blended raw nest mix with white duck eggs.
Will monitor the outcome and should it be well accepted the same procedure will be carried out in all future cross woods installation.
Do enjoy these pictures and clips taken.
Posted by Pak Harry The Swiftlet Anthusiast !!! at 6:53:00 PM
Friday, December 30, 2016
The BH before revamp works
I took about 8.5 days to complete the revamp operation of this BH located about 15 minutes drive from Ulu Tiram town center.
The owner saw what I did and right now he is more motivated to look after his BH.
All this while he left the fate of his BH in the hands of those so called consultants.
Among the three consultants he engaged before me the third was the biggest culprit.
He changed the BH entrance hole and causes nearly all the 50 nests to become empty.
The BH was not properly managed, the planks were under severe attack by termites, the main entrance hole was no longer facing the flight home direction and many more.
But I need to say that the interest showed by the owner was not there.
He should realized that the money came from his hard earn effort and he should be more responsible to ensure that his BH is proper.
There were a number of things that were carried out during the 8,5 days and these are some of them:
1) The main entrance hole was relocated to the monkey house wall that is facing the swiftlet flying home direction. Previous entrance hole was facing the North and not directly towards the swiftlet flying home path.
2) The new entrance hole now is elongated from top to bottom and not size way. The dimension used was 2.5' wide by 3' high.
3) The old entrance hole was semi covered. The half closed action is to allow the current tenants (2 nests) to return home from the window which they are familiar with.
4) The BH hexagonal tweeter was replaced with a new unit made of AG 35 tweeters. The new set was precisely located and about 2.5' high above the monkey house roof surfaces.
5) A long range Bazooka SL 1000 was install on the roof facing a water pond where those birds hunt for food in the evening.
6) A set of 6 power tweeters were lined on the monkey house roof. These tweeters allows the BH to operate with two set of external sounds.
7) The monkey house room was reduced by about 1/4. A wall was erected to reduce its size.
8) All nesting planks were checked for termite attacks and those that were seriously attacked were replaced with new nesting planks.
9) The BH nesting planks were added with two rows of cross woods. The two lines uses about 250 feet of additional planks. The cross woods reduce the box sizes, increase the nesting areas and more important is the creation of 90* corners.
10) All internal sound tweeters were replaced with new set and this time the number was up to about 180 pieces. Their locations are now precised and attractive to lure those new tenants.
11) A number of walls were erected and old one were removed and reinstalled with new doors.
12) One of the brick wall was hacked to create a passage door about 3'X7' wide.
13) The BH now is equipped with a number of external sound tweeters inside the nesting rooms. I called them chocolate tweeters.
14) The BH now have one VVIP room, two VIP rooms and one roving room. The place which I think will be heavily populated will be the VVIP room.
15) A new set of tweeters were installed at the main entrance hole. Now it hold 8 new tweeters.
16) The BH now has two owl prevention gadgets. One those spikes at the entrance hole area and an owl trap installed on the monkey house wall (inside).
17) This BH now will run using two external sounds and one internal sound. The two external sounds will be carefully chosen and the internal sound inside the VVIP room will be louder as compared to those in the VIP rooms.
18) I personally installed about 300 fake nests at those strategic locations. These will be those new tenants preferred locations.
This BH if it runs without any disturbances should be with a high number of bird shit spots on it floors.
Let us wait for about 3-6 months to know the exact situation.
Best of luck to the owner.
Posted by Pak Harry The Swiftlet Anthusiast !!! at 4:28:00 PM
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