What Will Be My Minimum Requirements For A Good Sound System in a New BH !!!

(Note: The above picture was taken from my photo library and is not for your to use as reference)

One of the most important part of you BH will be those sound system. Without a proper and good quality sound system your BH will not give maximise return.

Just imagine having a sound set that delivers strange noises that will scares away those precious birds !!!

Beside delivering high quality sound your sound system must also be robust….Remember when you use them in your BH you are actually putting the system into its optimum usability. Yes you are putting the sound system to its optimum functionality.

Running for 24 hours is not the set operating criteria of any karaoke amplifiers. Trust me.

What about those piezo tweeters? Do you think that black colored product was designed to be running for 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, maybe 30 years lifespan of your BH????

No sir. They were actually designed to play a normal sound and the most 10 hours a day. Their life span may be the most 5 years or shorter.

So since you have been informed about the severity of the operation you need to at least now do some kind of investigation which product in the market that will be able to gives you the longest operational life to optimise your ringgit.

I have been asked by many what actually do you need for a reasonable sound system in a new BH.

My list, might not be the same with others, will be as follows:

1) Hexagonal Tweeter (if your bh far away from the others)

2) Sound Amplifiers 2 pieces (1 for morning 1 for night).

3) Tweeters (2″X5″) for internal sound 1 meter square each.

4) Tweeters (3″X7″) for external sound 2 pieces for each entrance.

5) 1 or 2 set of Bazzoka Tweeters for calling those birds in the distance.

6) Wires to connect all the tweeters 50 meters per roll – you will need to measure how many m u need.

7) Digital timer (SMART) with internal batteries 2 pieces.

8) Cooling Fan (to cool the amplifiers 1 piece)

9) External afternoon sounds 1 and 1 day sounds (Awan Hitam or Black Cloud is a must have @ U$35)

10) Internal sounds (BB mating and BB colony: 2 sounds) @ U$20

11) Lightning and surge arrestor extension cord 1 unit.

12) 1000watt UPS Unit or Battery Charger 1 piece (in case of power failure)

The above list should be confortable to transform your BH (6mx20m up to 2 floors) into a good BH with proper sound system.

Total cost will be about U$800 (roughly) depending on the brand,the spares units, the power rating, the type of sounds, warranty periods and etc.

The U$800 range will gives you the basic set of equipment and 1 to 3 years warranty for the sound player and tweeter. They are like a starter kit and good for a DIY type of works.

If you have more money to spare I recommed to go for the best. Go for the higher range. As long as the total cost does not exceed U$1500 you should be in the right direction.

Get your sound system supplier provide you the options and don’t tell him which range you wanted to procure.

Once you have the list of items (ask him to include the brand, model plus wattage) review them carefully and get their advise about setting up new bh (if you are zero knowledge) as most bh supplier also have their own bh.

Once you have the list amended to your preferred items than go ahead to purchase the items.

If you wanted to be very sure that no mistakes takes place plus the most suitable sound for your new bh and wanted to know how to get those items above than email me at hdswiftlet@yahoo.com.au or SMS +62 8194867197


Should You Change Your External Sound?

Most new bh owner tend to misunderstood that the external sound they used have a kind of shelf life.

There is no time period  for the efectiveness of the external sound, once the birds got used to the sound they will remember the sound and so it you have found a good sound then it’s not recomended to change the sound or if you do, you might lose those young birds who might get confuse by the new calling sound.
Never trust advise from some consultant who asked you to keep changing the sound every few months, they tend to do it just for their own benefit.

Although the offer may seem interesting before you go ahead to buy it, try to imagine if you were that person selling those sound, if you have such a good sound that can draw thousand of birds in short time, will you be so generous to share it with other people?
How much do you think you can get when you sell a cd or a thousand cd? will it be comparable to the income you can get if you can harvest thousand of nest every season? (let’s assume if 100nest are 1kg = U$1500).

One more thing is, although you may found thousand of different type with different name of swiflet cd, its all actually contains the same sound. All they do are just cut and paste it to make the sound different a bit.

This birds are not that stupid, they actually don’t care with what sound you play. If you watch carefully you will see that swiflet will jump in to any whole that wide open and look secure to them even if you left you window open when the birds are flying around they may enter your house even though you don’t play any sound.

So think about it before you pick up your phone and call the consultant. It’s will be wiser to just go to your local bh supply shop and buy the things you need there and at the same time get a free advise from them rather than take the risk to lose your money for nothing by trusting those consultant.

An Innovative BH Owner In A Small Town Called Banyumanik !!!

I took more then 5 hours to reach Jakarta from Central Java “Swiflet Center (Semarang)” yesterday.

My reason for such a long hours on the road was to stop at as many BHs seem from the main road and take some pictures for my blog.

Got more then 200 pictures taken. Since I was driving alone, nobody will tell me how fast I should drive and where to stop and go. Among the many pictures taken, I think I would like to start with this three pictures.

This will be the future trend of Indonesia who are facinated with swiftlet farming. They will eventually built a small BH just beside their home (kampung house).

I wish I could have dropped in to view much closer.

The chances to be successful is there but it will greatly dependent on how much luck does the owner have…..

Best of luck to him……

Birdhouse Construction: U Need To Check The Quality Of Work Regularly !!!

I was visiting a friend’s new build birdhouse, it come to my mind that there seem to be a lot of sloppy workman ships that I wish to make my points.

Most critical were the improper installation of the wooden ceiling made for swiftlets to build their nests.

The three stories building looks very well done from the outside but it might not be inside.

The main thing that I think that went wrong might be lack of experience by both the proud owner and the contractor that he employed.

These were what I saw and if I am the owner I will do the followings:

1)Visit the house on a regular basis to ensure that the construction phase are being carried out properly and in accordance to the agreed plan.

2) I will ensure that a special attention be given to getting a very smooth surface on the cement ceiling layer.

3) I will take special attention on the selection of the ceiling wooden panels that I wanted to use in my birdhouse. The panel shall be from a qualified supplier and they are not newly cut. I will also have them applied with the aroma to attract the birds.

4) The corner covers are those with high quality and a very smooth well formed construction. They must not be any cracks or odd shape and poor cutting edges. They are also being treated with swiftlet aroma liquid.

5) When these wood panels are install I will first ensure that they are installed in a manner that the volume of swiftlet nests that can be generated per square meter of the ceiling area to its maximum.

6) The wooden panel shall not be installed crooked. Each wood panel must be cut to the right length using sharp saw.

7) I will use a special air gun that can nail the wood to the ceiling without its nail tops jutting out of the wood. It should be pushed about 1 mm below the wood surface. In this way I will not have problem during harvesting operation.

8) The gap between the wood panel edge and the cement ceiling should be minimized. This is normally caused by the uneven surface condition of the cement finishing. The smooth surface can be achieved if a layer of smooth surface plywood installed to support the cement slurry when poured.

Any gap will allow air to pass and will affect my precious swiftlet while resting or nesting.

9) The corner covers must be installed with its highest precision. The exact location where the nails are to be placed must be precisely determined and when pushed in its head must be embedded by at least 1-2 mm inside the wood. Remember these nail heads, if not embedded deeper inside will damage your harvesting tool (scrapper) plus the nests during your harvesting operation.

10)I will also ensure that I will lay additional layer of nesting planks just below the one touching the ceiling at those areas where they are touching the cement walls or the support beams. This will create additional nesting areas at a very minimum cost.(Make sure those higher wooden planks are thicker then the lower plank. This measures is to avoid birdshits from falling into the lower nests).

What Is “Swiftlet Fooding Behaviour”?

Good morning to all readers.

Today I intend to write about this special terms call ” Swiftlet Fooding Behaviors”.

I read in a few of the reference books that I have and it is very nice if every Birdnest enthusiasts to at least digest and expose to the term.

Fooding Behavior is termed as the normal daily movement of swiftlet searching for food. They have a peculiar behaviour in searching for food the moment they come out of their nesting house or caves.

If U understand their behavior U can then be a better swiftlet rancher.

The swiftlets will start leaving the nesting caves or houses as early at 5.15am (much earlier then me). Their first area to look for food is areas around the cave/house. This will the areas closed to or surrounding the BH. They will spend about one to two hours here.

Once they are satisfied that the food is no more heavy they will start to move towards a newer destination especially flat areas like padi fields, grass fields and so on. They will spend about 1-2 hours.

Once the flying insects are not many they will then continue their journey to the higher and further locations especially towards those Kampung and plantations. By this time there are lots of insects starting their pollonisation of those tree’s flowers. The best will be those plam oil plantations.

By noon their destinations will be the forest canopy. Lots of insects seem to be emitted from those forest canopies or from those ripe fruits (figs trees). This fooding above forest canopy will last for 3 to 4 hours. Normally from 11.00 am till 4:00pm.

What next? By 4.00, once the insects quantity is lessening, their next destination will be those water sources like lakes, rivers and canals. It seem that those young insects will pupate and leave their shell at around 4:00 till late in the evening. Those swiftlets will be a good time cathting and eating those fresh insects.They do this until the end of the day.

The birds will normally fly home at around 5.25 till 7:00pm (West Indonesia time). Most of these birds will be inside their respective BHs by about 7:00pm however during dry seasons they might come back at late as 8:00pm.

Swiftlet eat their food on the flight. They do not behave likes other birds where they catch the food and rest on trees to swallow their food.

Swiftlet body construction is geared toward flying the whole day without any rest and come home to their home to rest, sleep, make love or feed their babies.

It is observed that while on the way back to their home they will take the opportunity to visit the rice fields and makes a last minute dash for food around the cave/house.

If you read carefully about their fooding patten, you might realised that these birds are intelligent beings. They know exactly where they can find the most insect at a particular time of the day.

If you wanted to conduct birdcall test (tes lokasi), I advise you to follow the above explaination on how to choose the right time for a particular type of land. Example for flat land test it in the morning before 10:00am. For a plantation you test it at around 10:00 till 11:30am and near to a forest test it at 11:30 until 2pm. If your property is closed to a river or lakes try at 4:30 onwards.

Base on the above Fooding Behavior, it is recommended that birdhouse owners should provide a kind of food for the swiftlet to catch when they are out in the morning and when they are back in the evening.

The best is to plant those plant species that will generate insects, like Cemara (Chinese term: Lao Gondang) and Mini Lamtoro (Chinese Beans Plan) around the house – U can contact me if you need the seed. If the piece of land is reasonably big, create fish/prawn ponds around the house. The plants and the pond not only will provide insects but will also provide a cooler air.

Better if a suitable den (like a small chicken den) where U can place rotten papayas or pineapples or star fruits or any type of fruits that will breed small insects. Once these insect fly out of the den, it will become food to your swiftlets.

Selection Criterias of a Good Piece Of Land For Your Swiftlet House !!!

This morning received an email requesting for some tips on the selecting criterias for lands suitable for birdhouse ranching.

As for the land characteristics, suitable for swiftlet ranching, please see these tips:

1) The land must be firmed and not those swampy type. A building of 3 stories is heavy. If they are soft like peat land the foundation might be an issue. U need to pile them to ensure that your birhouse remain standing.

2) Not far away from the main road. U needs to move your building materials to your building site. A proper road will be a great asset.

3) The surrounding, if U can, is closed to a kind of river or pond or water sources. If there are padi fields close by then that is superb. Also there are thick forests a distance after the padi fields. U needs to read my post at: https://swifletfarming.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/what-is-swiftl…ding-behaviour to understand why.

4) Bigger land size will be benefit as you can have gaps between your building and neighbour to minimize disturbance dan complain from the neighbour and you can have a small pond surrounding the building to prevent most crawling pest entering the BH and create cooler air.

5) It will be wise not to build BH too close with school and religious places such as mosque or temple as the calling sound could disturb the pilgrims.

6) Not to be too close with factories that produces smoke or fumes example palm oil refineries or rice processing plant or a steel mill or road tarmac processing factory. The smoke are also said to cause some stress to these wild swiftlets.

6A) Not too close to airport. The noise from those jet engines are not very nice to their ears. Worse those gapping hole on the front of the engines might suck them in and you won’t want to be held responsible.

7) If it possible, the configuration of the land must allow the house to be built as such that the sun path will not be hitting on the larger side of the wall. The sun tend to heat the house a bit too much if it hit the larger surface area of the house.

8) Most important before U pay your deposit is to conduct a bird call test ( in Indonesian term: tes lokasi) and ensure that there are swiftlets in the area. If U intends to be an active breeder then it is okay.

9) U will still need to ensure that the local government has no objection in building the birdhouse in the area (or you may design the BH ‘look’ like normal house so it won’t attract many attention.

I hope the above will be good enough just for your kind reference.

Benefits In Birdnest Consumption

Bird’s Nest is always considered as a nourishing tonic and health supplement in Traditional Chinese Medicine and in fact, scientific research demonstrates that Bird’s Nest is highly rich in protein, carbohydrate, potassium, sodium, calcium that effective in cleansing the lungs and helping act against coughs, colds and influenza as well as strengthening the immune system.

Further, it helps to prevent or at least slow down aging process as it is useful in maintaining and enhancing a smooth and wrinkle-free complexion. Thus, Bird’s Nest is treated as a highly desirable essence for not only women but also all people ranging from the elderly, children, men and even patients for consistent consumption

Facts About Edible Birdnests and Swiftlets

1)Edible bird’s nest is the nest made purely of swiftlet’s saliva secretion. This nest is usually found in caves near shoreline cliffs or under eaves of house and is hand-collected. Hairs and filth are then removed from the nest before manufacturing.

2) The Swiftlet bird (scientifically named Collocalia, known as Walet or Layang-layang in Indonesia) belongs to the Apodidae family, which is not the same as the common Swallow bird. Swiftlet birds live in flocks along tropical seaside and consume wild insects. From the appearance, Swiftlet differs from the so called “House Swallow” size wise. The average body length of a Swiftlet is 9 centimeters, about half the size of a Swallow.

3)The average life span of a Swiftlet is about 15 to 18 years. Its age influences the quality of its nest. In general, the older the bird is, the more simmer-tolerant the nest is.