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

My personal observations are the followings:

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 29*C). Use the most up to date calibrated sensors to do this, if you can.

The hottest time of the day, BH standard in West Indonesia is after 4pm to 7pm, for Peninsular Malaysia is after 3.00pm up to 10.00pm. Most critical is at 6.30pm till 9.00pm 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.

So how can you get the right humidity? Just open more ventilation hole to lower the humidity and open less ventilation hole to get higher humidity.

3) The External Sound.
More often then not most BH owner tend to change the sound every few months and this habits is not recommended.

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

All the owner is not aware on how important the first sound can be. Most “Con-sultant” will try to dig your pocket dry by trying to offer you new sounds collection every few months.

The owner is not aware that when you play different sound every few months the effectiveness of the sound are dead.
So best advise is stick to your first sound and you can rotate it with another sound every 6-8months and don’t fall into selling tactic played by those con-sultants.

4) The Sound Equipment.

More often then not their “Consultant” will install the cheapest ever found items in the market. Be it the tweeters, the amplifiers or the sound cables.

How do you play a sophisticated sound, 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 than Rp 2000 or RM 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?

“H3nn, 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 and let you believed that low quality tweeters is okay. In this way you will be always be below his superior standard.

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 burung puyuh 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 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.

Provide enough allocation to attend seminars, talks, invite a knowledgeable person to be your advisor, read as many books on swiftlet farming as possible and so on.

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.


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.

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