Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I cried when I saw these victims of senseless killings. Most of them had died, and some were breathing their last breath..No body was helping them. No body knew how to help them survive. Some of them were a few weeks old, just learning to fly while many were infants, without a single feather. Their parents could have escaped the onslaught but those helpless ones just dropped to their death.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
In our country the temperature in a room could reach more than 40 degrees C if there is no proper ventilation and insulation. For the bird house, the conduscive temperature for swiftlets to stay and breed is below 30 degrees C. Many bird houses fail because the owners do not provide suitable environment for the swiftlets.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Lately we received several requests from owners of shophouse and abandoned building to JV with them on swiftlet farming. One of them owns a 3-stroey building at Bintangor. Bintangor is a small town about 40 minutes by road from Sibu and 20 minutes from Sarikei.It was formerly known an Binatang. It remains largely under developed over the past few decades as most young people have left the town in search of greener pastures.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This bird house on the 1st and 2nd floor of a new shophouse is still under construction. The swiftlets fly into the shophouse from the entrance hole and then fly down to the 1st floor through a hole on the floor.
Various potted plants are placed on the floor below the entrance hole.
This yellow building has three floors converted for swiftlet ranching.
The roof of this shophouse has been removed to make an entrance hole.
I have just completed a simple proposal for setting up a swiftlet farm. In the next posting, I will highlight some major and interesting points on converting a concrete shophouse into a bird house.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Collecting of bird nests inside Niah Cave has been going on for decades. The extended belian poles seen here are for collectors to climb up to the roof of the caves where the nests are located. It is a very dangerous job.This wooden shophouse in Dalat,Sarawak, is converted to a bird house Another wooden bird house in Matu-Daro in coastal Sarawak
This new stand alone bird house (above) is located across Sibu Town. The picture below shows human and birds live side by side.Part of this single storey wooden house near a construction site in Matu-Daro is converted into a bird house.
In this new blog I intend to share my little knowledge and experiences on swiftlet ranching to potential investors,readers and of course buyers of birdnests who may not know the whole process of this "bird business". In the process of sharing, I hope to acquire more knowledge on this subject.And I will disseminate new information and the skills I acquire for the benefit of all readers.
It is estimated that currently there are about 1,000 bird houses in Sarawak. Sarikei, Mukah and Sibu are the main centres for swiftlet ranching.There are still a lot of room for expansion and improvement for this multi-million dollar a year industry.A kilo of good quality raw bird nest costs about RM5,000.After being processed, it can cost more than RM10,000 a kilo.
There are basically two types of bird nest, the cave bird nest and the house bird nest. The three types of bird which produce the edible bird nests are called Collocalia Fuciphaga /Aerodramus Fuciphagus (AF), Collocalia Maxima/Aerodramus Maximus (AM) and Collocalia Germani/Aerodramus Germani (AG). In Malaysia we only have the AF and AM.
I am fortunate to have a group of close friends, some of whom are also partners in this venture. They are far more knowledgeable than me. Among them are two PHD holders, one in Electrical Engineering and the other in Environmental Management. Both will be my valuable advisors.
Comments are suggestions are most welcome.