Most Common Problems In New Birdhouses !!!

What do you think the most common problems in almost all birdhouses that are not doing well?

My personal observations are as follows:

a) Temperature.
Nearly all that faces nests population problem are due to high temperature. The owners are not aware of it and they never have any indicator to monitor their BH temperature.

I believed the main reason is not the BH but the “con-sultant” whom they employed who is either an old fashion guy or who never have any clue on the dos and don’t of a good BH. They simply follow what the have been practising all these while. No scientific method to ensure that the room temperatures are within range. Just depend on some luck.

They need to monitor the temperature as accurate as possible and make sure they are within the recommended range (26*C to 30*C). Use the most up to date calibrated sensors to do this, if you can.

The hottest time of the day, BH standard in Indonesia is between 2.00pm up to 7.00pm (Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam is one hour later). Most critical is at 6.00pm till 7.00pm when those birds starts to come home to rest.

2) Humidity.

Why do you think humidity can be a major factor in attracting those young birds to stay and be your permanent tenant?

It has something to do with the quality of nest which they will bring up their babies up. If your BH humidity is dry (60% RH till 80%RH) the nests constructed will be very dry and brittle. If your BH humidity is within the recommended range (85% RH to 95% RH) the quality of nest, especially it’s toughness will be superior.

Consider this, every nest can only accommodate one bird to lay inside it at any one time. Just imagine when those two young birds are growing up. The moment they outgrew the nest size one of them have no choice but to move out of their nest and cling to their nest. Just imagine if the nest is weak, dry and brittle? The moment the young bird, with not fully formed wings, grip the side of their nest and it break, she will fall to ground. There is no way she will survived.

So if you are the going to be parent entering a BH with such a sick environment, will you build a home for your family? Just sit down and think deeply on the situation and make a decision.

However what happen if the humidity is too high (above 95%RH)? It is better to start a mushrooms plantation. Those wooden planks will be wet and soon you will start having lots of white powder (fungus) on them.

3) The External Sound.

More often then not the sound played are some oldies that attract very little attention of any birds within a thousand meters.

The sound have no significant contribution the BH at all. It is like not having any sound at all.

In all the owner is not aware on how important those sound can be. Their “Con-sultant” always suggest them to keep changing the sound and selling those sound for the owner with sky high price and doesn’t care whether it’s suitable for the area or not.
The owner is not aware that playing wrong and bad quality sound will not attract more bird but contrary it will scare those birds away.

If U think U need to change your ‘ineffective’ sound, you can contact me to get higher quality sound collection for your BH.
(You can email me at hdswiftlet@yahoo.com.au or SMS to +62 8194867197 if you want to know how to get these good sound collection)

4) The Sound Equipment.

More often then not their “Con-sultant” will install the cheapest ever found items in the market (if you have paid for a package deal). Be it the tweeters, the amplifiers or the sound cables.

How do you play a sophisticated sound, like one of my best sound: Awan Hitam or black cloud, if there are no buttons to tweak on those outdated amplifiers?

What about those tweeters? The most important are those external tweeters. Look at the quality and how long do they last? Just ask the owner the brand and the value?

“Hmm I am not sure about the brand but I know each unit was not more then 80 sen.”

How are you going to be a super star BH, fighting with those 5-6 stars BH, using these kind of low quality items?

“Hendy, I just talked to the BH owner beside my BH the other day and his BH is doing very well. He told me that he uses only the cheap tweeters?”

Do you think he will tell you the truth? He might not want to leak his secrets to you (except somebody that call himself con-sultant) and let you believed that low quality tweeters is okay. In this way you will be always be below his superior standard.

Again, if U need help of how to get those quality equipment with very efficient cost, just SMS or email me.

5) The Owner Have No Idea On How To Be a Good Swiflet Farmers.

If you want to be a successful chicken farmer, what will you do?

If you want to be a successful quail farmer what will you do?

If you want to be a successful chili farmer what will you do?

If you wanted to be a successful goat farmer, what will you do?

The answer is always the same. Learn as much as you can about the chosen line either by asking more experience people, read some reference from book or the internet and do not leave everything to those “Con-sultant”. The more you depend on those “Con-sultant” the higher the risk of becoming a failed farmer.

In swiftlet farming, I always recommend the swiftlet farmer to have a specific goal.

A good example is ” Within two years (24 months) I want my BH to be occupied with 300 nests.”

Then you list down all the things that you will do to achieve the chosen objective.

Don’t believe so much on those seminars, talks, or wasting money invite a  person to be your advisor. My advise is best to read as many books on swiftlet farming as possible or there is a cheaper way to get more information about swiftlet farming by walked down to the closest BH supply shop and ask the owner for free advise.

You also need to list down all the necessary actions to ensure that the target is met.

The list of things that you need to attend to every month, every two months, every three months, every 6 months, every year and so forth.

All these lists will eventually help you to move towards your goal. You cannot let the BH to run by itself without any intervention. Everything need to be scrutinised to a specific range of good swiftlet farming practises.

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About hdhew
I am a Computer Engineer graduated 2004 from an university in NSW Australia, a businessman and owner of few successful swiftlet farmer in Indonesia and have helped many others to successfully set up their swiftlet farm by providing free advice and supplying right tools and sounds in Indonesia and many others countries.

7 Responses to Most Common Problems In New Birdhouses !!!

  1. tankimling says:

    You are very specialized on bird farming, TQVM. How about doing a bird nest farming on rubber plantation?

    • hdhew says:

      Sorry for taking a while to reply to your message, Basically you can build the bh anywhere as long the temperature are within the right range for the swiflet. even better if you can build the bh near any plantation farm or forest as it will be easier for the young bird to find food on their first few days of flight. As it no a cheap investment, before you decide to build any bh it’ll better to survey the location especially in the morning 8-10am (Malaysia time), afternoon 6-7.30pm and see whether there are significant number of swiftlet flying around or passing by the area. If you do see a number of birds that looks like swiftlet make sure it’s the right swiftlet. The edible nest swiftlet have no white feather on it’s chest and the wings are shorter and straight when their flying.

  2. weiliong@gmail.com says:

    Where can i get good books regarding swiflet farming?

    TQ.

    • hdhew says:

      Hi Wei Liong, depend on your location; if you are in Malaysia perhaps you can try in any big book store and if you are in Jakarta you can visit Gramedia book store with branches in almost every shopping center. There are no good or bad books as different author may have different experiences and techniques.

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