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Friday, September 1, 2017

Vietnam Now Has 5060 BHs !!!

Report can be found at :

Khanh Hoa (VNA) – Experts at a workshop in Nha Trang city, central Khanh Hoa province, have suggested expanding  swiftlet farms apart from exploiting the bird’s nests in nature.

The event was held within the framework of the 2017 Nha Trang-Khanh Hoa Sea Festival from June 10-13, aiming to seek measures for the sustainable development of the swift-breeding sector. It drew the participation of more than 100 scientists, experts and State management officials in science, technology, agriculture, rural development, natural resources and environment.  

Associate Prof. Nguyen Lan Hung Son from Hanoi National University of Education and MA Ho Thi Loan from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology said that by March 2017, up to 36 cities and provinces have farmed swifts for their nests with a total of more than 5,060 swiftlet houses. 

Along with southern and central localities such as Tien Giang, Ho Chi Minh City, Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Binh Dinh and Ninh Thuan, several northern cities and provinces like Hai Phong, Quang Ninh and Ninh Binh, and Central Highlands localities like Kon Tum and Gia Lai have also rolled out swiftlet farming.

With 14 speeches, participants touched upon scientific and technological issues in service of the sector, quality and origin of the bird’s nests, impacts of climate change on the formation and development of swifts in the northern provinces, and building and protecting the brand name of Khanh Hoa bird nests.  

According to Associate Prof. Pham Cong Hoan from the Ministry of Science and Technology, despite their good quality, the annual output of Vietnamese bird nests still remains low, at about 10 tonnes, just equivalent to 10-14 percent compared with that of Malaysia and Thailand. 

Hoan and other delegates at the workshop shared the view that Vietnam is blessed with favourable natural conditions for swiftlet farming such as a long coastline, pristine natural caves and islands. 

They suggested the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development soon issue an official circular on the management of the sector.

Municipal and provincial authorities should put forth orientations and strategies on swiftlet farming development until 2020 with a vision towards 2030, they said. 

At the same time, it is necessary for specialised agencies to conduct more scientific research in order to meet the increasing demands of the sector, including the processing method to add more values to the products. 

In a recent move, the Vietnamese Swiftlet Farming Association under the Vietnam Farms and Agricultural Enterprises Association has made its debut in HCM City, aiming to link the State, scientists, entrepreneurs and farmers in the swift-breeding industry, supporting swift breeders to sell their products at reasonable prices, and building a brand for Vietnamese bird nests for both domestic and export markets.

The association will work to ensure products supplied by members of the association will have consistent quality and clear origin to protect consumers, he said.

Swift nests are high in protein, low in fat and contain various amino acids essential to the human body and other beneficial substances.

Swifts usually build their nests in deep caves on islands or along steep cliffs. In the past, people used their nests only to serve the king and noble families.

The swift-breeding industry has developed quickly in many places such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Australia, and Hong Kong, with Indonesia producing about 100 tonnes of nests annually and Thailand and Malaysia about 60-70 tonnes a year.

In Vietnam, high profits have lured many investors to invest in breeding the birds indoors in recent years.
Currently, raw bird nest is priced at 20-30 million VND (880-1,322 USD) per kilo, while a kilo of refined bird nest is at 40-45 million VND, and even 100-200 million VND for some special types.-VNA

Friday, August 25, 2017

Kemaman Trengganu BH Visit on August 25th 2017

Yesterday at about 10:00 am visited this BH located somewhere in Kemaman town, Trengganu.
The BH is sandwiched in between two other BHs. Its a row of three stories shop houses that were designed for swiftlet farming, according to him.
Owner have engaged a number of consultants to see how to improve his ICU birdhouse.
He claimed that he did nearly everything that he can think of but failed to get his BH populated.
I saw a number of perfume bottles hung on the walls with those special drip gadget.
After 6 years of operation and two consultants the nest number fluctuate up and down but not more than 30 nests.
Now only 24 nests and he is very disappointed with his total investments.
I took some time to see what can be the reasons why those swiftlet refuse to populate his BH and I told him the followings:
In general his BH was not well designed from the outside and the inside.
The main entrance hole using both the top and side entry is not properly assigned with proper tweeters.
The hexagonal tweeter was more like a DIY piece and wrongly positioned.
The number of external sound tweeters need to be upgraded and with new and more effective tweeters.
New sound techniques should be deployed.
His water pond is not necessary since his BH is about 50 meters away from a river.
His BH is too bright.
The so called consultants who came and ran away with his so called fees were not very well verse with the amount of light that should be allowed to enter the BH nesting rooms.
The BH was with two LAL holes and both were not positioned at the right location where 100% of those birds should fly above it.
There was not VIP room on both floors.
Too many internal sound tweeters.
There was no external sound tweeters at the back of the nesting rooms/
No traps or baits to lure those wild birds to stay.
Internal sound was too noisy.
Amplifiers were not properly set.
He was unlucky with his BH venture.
Now he will be able to use Pak Harry methods of designing the BH external and internal decorations.
Will sit on his BH visit report today and will submit to him what I think it will turn around his BH.
He was very lucky to have met one of my client whose BH was very closed to his BH.
After the inspection operation I invite him to view the successful BH owned and operated by my old client nearby and see how I transformed a 30 nests BH into almost 8 kg of nests, now inside.
The word that came out from his mouth was "Impressive". That was what he said with a wide smile on his face.
He now seems to have the positive vibes about his BH.
"Pak Harry I cannot wait to read your report and I hope the cost to upgrade my BH is within my reach. Every penny will come from my pocket."
I told him that every penny spend after this will worth a million.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Skudai BH: A Challenge Like No Other BHs !!!

I must say that the revamp of Skudai BH is one of the most challenging as compared to others.

Main obstacles are the water supply, electricity and the location deep inside agricultural land.

Every time you forgot something you need to take almost 20 minutes to reach the main road.

The red soil road are full of pits and alleys which will rock you left and right and you feel like riding those roller coasters.

The only way for my workers to use those electrical hand tool and brighten the BH while revamping is to operate a generator set.

As for the water supply I have been pushing the idea of pumping fresh water from a nearby stream using ramp pump.

The owner is away for a holiday and he expect to see birds inside his BH once he is back to Malaysia.

Well that was how easy his line of thought is.

Anyway we have been working very hard to complete the scope of works.

First was to close the old entrance hole and opened a new hole on the building's wall facing the virgin jungle.

The next was to hack the barrier on the roof deck so that the mounting of power tweeters, bazookas and the hexagonal tweeter can take place.

Once those tweeters are installed we need to erect a number of walls to prevent the light penetrating the nesting rooms.

Another wall was to create a VIP room.

The owner decided to upgrade only one floor so that his cost will not kill him.  He chooses the middle floor.

While trying to install tweeters inside the VIP room my boys discovered that nearly 50% of the planks are too soft and no longer holding.

We decided to pull the old planks out and install with new planks.

This is where the big challenge starts.

Where to get a readily available stock.

How mush will the planks be and how long will it take to ship them over.

If they need 2-3 weeks my completion schedule will be dead.

Manage to get the lead and quickly drove almost 1.5 hours to a hardware shop at Kota Tinggi.

The shop owner knows me by name.

"I have heard about you from many BH owners and now lucky to meet you in person."

I am not sure if he likes me or hates me.  He is also a BH consultant.

Anyway managed to gather some nesting planks and brought them back to Skudai.

The installation begins the moment the planks arrived.

I hope by Monday or Tuesday the wood are in place and at the same time they will start installing those internal and external sound tweeters.

If the installations are done can test the BH.

Perhaps I can move to another BH much earlier.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tikam Batu BH: Just Two Weeks After Revamp Operation !!!

Yesterday June 12th 2017 stayed back at Tikam Batu BH to count how many birds entered in the evening.

This BH was upgraded or revamped by my workers and after 10 days of hard work we managed to put it into operation on May 26th 2017.

The BH was with about 20-25 nests prior to my revamp operation.

The number of birds inside must be about 40-50 birds (prediction).

After 18 days of operation the number of birds jumped to 80 plus.

This is a good result and I hope within the next few months the number with triple.

The sounds systems now is superior as compared to prior to revamp works.

The floors are wet and each floor is with two VIP rooms.

All the nesting planks were cleaned and applied with attractive aroma.

The number of new internal sound tweeters touches 300 pieces.

There were many fake nests installed.

All these new features must be working well to lure all these new couples to enter and stays.

The best is to wait for another few months to see how many new bird shit spots are found below those tweeters.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kubang Pekan BH: After 6 Months This BH Has 30 nests !!!

A very good performance after my revamp operation.

Six months after I handed over the BH the owner called a few days ago confirming that her BH now is with 30 raw nests.

A very good performance I told her to thank god that I managed to reactivate it.

The background of this BH is not very nice to tell but may be good for us to use this as a reference.

During those good old days when the nests price was above RM 7000 a kg, this owner met someone who claimed that he is an expert in swiftlet farming.

The owner went along with the consultant but half way the consultant left the BH with no proper sound system and the BH was stranded.

She hold her BH without getting any help for almost 5 odd years.

On the 6 years she called me for some advise and I visited the location.

After a few days reading my visit report she called and told me that she will remit the deposit of RM 6,000 for me to mobilize.

Well this was when I was very busy with a number of revamp works in hand.

I told her to wait and she did just that.

She never complain or ask me to return her money.

She was persistent and it pays off.

After almost six months waiting I mobilized my workers.

They stayed inside the BH while I need to find the nearest hotel in Kuala Kangsar.

First was to relocate the main entrance hole.

After that opened the LAL hole.

We then erect a number of walls on the top and ground floors (two stories).

While installing the tweeters I found out that the top floor roof was way to hot.

I convinced her to install a layer of cladded zince roof over the old zinc layer.

The roof temperature dropped tremendously.

I then install all those tweeters and fake nests.

The BH water system was bad.

I need to buy a water tank and erect a platform to house it.

All piping inside need to be completed.

Once done I installed a mist pump system.

The whole BH was perfect.

Sprayed the floors with Mutiara Aroma a few times.

The sound system was running okay.

Selected the most effective sounds for both the external and internal.

Those birds seems like crazy with those selected sounds.

I stayed to watch them enter the BH until late evening.

Almost 20 birds entered on the first day.

A wonderful experience since this BH was empty before.

Now those swiftlet were attracted to it.

All in all the BH was finished with the right gadget and with lots of love in it.

Now the owner seems to be very happy with the results.

Happy for her and family.

Pekan BH: After The Changes Made To The Main Entrance Hole !!!


I was not surprised with what actually happened when my worker changed the main entrance door configuration.

The first step we did was to install a hexagonal tweeter.

Immediately after finishing the operation I asked him to reduce the size of the main entrance door.

It was too big and allowing too much light into the BH.

The best was to reduce to 3 feet wide and 7-8 feet tall.

A wooden frame was erected.

The excess areas were covered with cement boards.

The main door now was installed with about 8 tweeters mainly AG 35.

The moment this was done you can immediately see how those birds swerved into this newly repaired BH.

That was not all.

I installed a number of new gadgets to encourage those birds to stay.

On my last day in Pekan, I went to check the BH and it was full of birds inside.

They seems to like what I did inside and outside.

There were at least 500 to 600 birds per floor hanging around refuse to leave the nesting rooms.

The chances of increasing the total number of nests is great.

I know for sure that the BH owner was very happy with the result so far.

Have a look at a few more clips taken:


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pekan BH: After Two Days The BH Was Fully Occupied !!!

It was like a breeze passing by.

I was referring to the latest BH in Pekan Pahang which was revamped about three days ago.

I was first contacted by a person by the name of Mr Chin from Kuantan Pahang.

He wanted me to drive up to Pekan to meet a BH owner who claimed to face "Bird nests not multiplying syndrome".

The BH owner was introduced to me by Chin as Mr Tan.

The first time he met me he thinks that I am another conman prowling for a new victim.

However after asking a few questions he soon realized that Pak Harry have something special especially on his passion about swiftlet farming.

Pak Harry is not a consultant but he is a passionate swiftlet farmer.  He loves swiftlet farming and he is the only one who will expose any new method to improve a sick BH.

In his case was not an ICU BH but a normal syndrome where the nests refuse to increase.

Mr Tan BH was with about 10 kg of nests.  However it seems that the nests number stop multiplying.

He opened his BH doors for my inspection and about a week later I wrote a complete report in Bahasa.

Immediately after reading he called asking me when I can start the Phase 1.  In my visit report I explained to him the real reasons why his BH nests stop multiplying and with it I recommended him to go into Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Phase 1 is to proof that my first few recommendations will be a good start before he gauge my expertise.

I asked him to do just a few small thing.

My first recommendation was to install a hexagonal tweeter precisely above the main entrance door of his top entry BH.

My second recommendation was to reduce the width of his main door from 5' wide to 3' wide.

The door should be framed out using those excess nesting planks that were store somewhere along the staircase.

The third recommendation was to precisely install 8 external tweeters around the new LMB hole.

My last recommendation was to wet the BH floors.

He could not resist my ideas especially when I precisely inform him what is wrong with his BH and how to remove those problems.

The first day when I arrived I started with the hexagonal tweeter installation and changed the door size.

The 8 external sound tweeters were completed before 4:30 pm.

We left the BH but the slight change started to show drastic change in the number of birds started to focus on his BH.

I was there to see together with the owner.

He was very very pleased with the small intervention.

The second day was the major works.  I installed the wet floor system.

This wet floor system is the key to draw all his young birds to return to where they were hatched.

I completed the installation and set the timer to run the pump precisely during the day and night.

The smell due to the wet floor changed tremendously.

From today I advised him to use those chow chu kang shoes if he entered his BH.

I asked him not to enter the nesting rooms for at least 3-4 months.

I think there will some changes that will make him feel very very happy.

Let me share you those photos taken during the renovation works.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Ulu Tiran BH: First Visit After Revamped Operation !!!

This Ulu Tiram BH was put into operation about 4 months ago.

The owner wanted my service to visit the BH every 4 months.

Main purpose is to check how his BH is doing after my revamp operation.

It was erected initially for fertilizer storage.

He arrange to convert it into a BH however after 4-5 years the number of nests was about 4-5 nests.

That was how he called for my help to revamp the BH.

I came with my workers and spend about 8 days to revamp the whole house.

Now after 4 months the number of nests in encouraging.

The best was the number of fresh bird shit spots on the BH floors.

It used to be very cleaned but now there were spots all over the floors.

If I am not mistaken there were at least 40-50 spots and most of them were active.

They were found below those internal sound making tweeters.

The number of nests seems to be improving.

If I am not mistaken there were at least 11-15 nests.

That is a very encouraging progress.

I was satisfied and I am sure will see more during my next visit.

I took the opportunity to upgrade the BH sounds and told the owner to perhaps spray the BH floors with Mutiara Aroma.

He can now monitor closely so that there are no predators entering and disturbing the BH progress.

A very strong potential to house about 4-5 kg of nests in a very short period of time.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pekan BH: This Morning Ready To Take This New Challange !!!

Today will pick up my boys and travel to Pekan Pahang.

I will take about 3 hours plus minus to reach my destination from Kuala Lumpur.

Main purpose for this trip is to help this BH owner with his BH.

Based on my last trip he complained that his 9 years old BH is facing a stagnant nests syndrome.

The nests number is no longer multiplying.  It stop growing about 2-3 years ago, according to him.

I wrote my visit report about 40 pages inclusive of my observations and recommendations.

He was very happy with my findings and immediately asked me to assemble those recommended gadgets and workers.

Once arrive I need to carry out the nest count.  Once that is done I will installed a number of key gadgets to activate the nests to start multiplying.

The entrance hole will be installed with a new set of tweeters.

The nesting planks will be cleaned and installed with specialized equipment.

At the same time the floor will be wet using those specialized BH floor wetting equipment.

A new amplifier will be installed playing an additional internal sound.

The current external sound will be upgraded.

Once the installation is completed I will ask the owner to allow the BH not to be disturbed for about 3-4 months.

This will be the recuperating time after a major surgery.

Will come again to check its progress after 3-4 months.

I am sure it will back to normal with a jump in nest numbers.

Let me inform you all once the job is done.

If your BH is facing similar problem please call me at 017 7551318

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pontian BH: Visit For The First Time !!!

Another BH that is critical and need some expert help.

Owner claimed that after almost 3-4 years the person who took charge went missing.

He need to force his way into his own BH when he can no longer traced the person who promised to deliver the BH with 10 nests.

Maybe due to design failure those birds simple refuse to enter and stay.

Right now if I am not mistaken the number of nest might be about 5-8 pieces.

Critically ill and more or less in ICU state.

After viewing inside I think I know the reasons.

I need to crack my head on what to be done if the owner wanted to see more nests.

My biggest concern are the followings:

1) The BH is with not water supply.  Its due to its distance from the water supply line.  The owner claimed that there is a stream nearby but I doubt his words.  The only wise solution is to harvest the rain water..

2)  Another short coming is the power supply.  There is no power supply except a solar power system.  The use of battery store energy has a lot of limitation.  For example how will my workers run those power tools during revamp operation.  Also the power in the three batteries might not be able to operate any water spray system or pumps.

3)  This 3rd item is what I hate most.  The ceiling height of each floor is about 12 feet high.  Its difficult to work on those nesting planks like installation of tweeters or fake nests.  I don't dare to climb up those ladders or racks.

4) Nearly every partition walls found inside this BH are made of bricks.  If I wanted to remove any of the walls I need to hack them down and lifting those broken brick to the ground floor will be a major task.

I guess I need to firstly write a full report and submit to the owner.

Once he read them perhaps he can decide what he wanted to do with it.

Keep your fingers cross.