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Swiftlet Farming anyone?

#1 Post by sarawakguy » Sun May 03, 2009 11:08 am

Hi All,

I had just started this and wants to share my experience.

Darn, photo file too large for posting..... :cry:

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#2 Post by bernGPS » Sun May 03, 2009 11:19 am

sarawakguy wrote:Hi All,

I had just started this and wants to share my experience.

Darn, photo file too large for posting..... :cry:
Aiyoo, reduce the image size lah. I use Mihov Image resizer. Or upload it to photobucket.com.

Any tracks to Swiftlet farm that you can share? [-o<

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#3 Post by moeyHC » Sun May 03, 2009 11:53 am

Bird nets thing are high security risk... tracking it for GPS use is just too risky lah... :mrgreen: There are plenty of these farms in my home town Sitiawan/Manjung area. They emit 'Swiftlet calls' 24/7 and the most amazing thing is the access into these ' swiftlet homes'. There are many 4-6" diameter holes where the birds zoom in and out with ease. These holes are made small to prevent predators from entering.

Do share with us your new venture experience... thanks for sharing.
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#4 Post by sarawakguy » Sun May 03, 2009 12:07 pm

Bern, tq for the pointer, forgot about Mihov resizer.....er too bad it can only resize image.... [-X

As they say, a photo is worth a thousand words...
Freshly harvested nest.jpg
My bridfarm 90% completed (right).jpg
swiftlet nest harveting.jpg
swiftlet nest harveting close-up.jpg
Typical 5 year old swiftlet farm.jpg
Swift chick.jpg
Hope I had not over reduced the image.

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BTW, will submit my tracks later, once I get hold of some form of transport there....

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#5 Post by Noah » Sun May 03, 2009 12:15 pm

Wow, I've never seen the insides of these buildings before. Thanks for the pictures. Quite educational.
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#6 Post by kissnight » Sun May 03, 2009 12:17 pm

just out of curiosity, you won't harvest the nest unless the baby had left the nest eh..?
and how do you know the nest has been abandon..?
they dun reuse the same nest for new babies ?

I saw the baby bird, no hair.. gross.... :ko:

your harvested bird nest looks quite clean.. and I thot it shud be filled wt bird poo and lots of feathers... me wrong.. :oops: :oops:

eh.. lastly, can buy from you gah...?
got MSM member discount gah..? :mrgreen:
what's the market rate..?

thanks for sharing.. this is very educational for me.. my 1st time look... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:


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#7 Post by Redstorm » Sun May 03, 2009 12:49 pm

A picture is worth a thousand words. I remember seeing these swiftlets in the inner hall of Puri Hotel, Melaka and according to the receptionist there, they don't harvest the bird nest since they don't produce that much. Thanks for the pictures.
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#8 Post by sarawakguy » Sun May 03, 2009 12:57 pm

I will reply u when I return to my desktop due to yr many questions.....now on my E63 h/p n eeepc.
kissnight wrote:just out of curiosity, you won't harvest the nest unless the baby had left the nest eh..?
and how do you know the nest has been abandon..?
they dun reuse the same nest for new babies ?

I saw the baby bird, no hair.. gross.... :ko:

your harvested bird nest looks quite clean.. and I thot it shud be filled wt bird poo and lots of feathers... me wrong.. :oops: :oops:

eh.. lastly, can buy from you gah...?
got MSM member discount gah..? :mrgreen:
what's the market rate..?

thanks for sharing.. this is very educational for me.. my 1st time look... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:





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#9 Post by sarawakguy » Sun May 03, 2009 1:01 pm

Glad u like the pictures. I traveled many miles to take it.

BTW, there are many species of swiftlets, the economical and edible ones are restricted to about 5 species (read it somewhere)
Redstorm wrote:A picture is worth a thousand words. I remember seeing these swiftlets in the inner hall of Puri Hotel, Melaka and according to the receptionist there, they don't harvest the bird nest since they don't produce that much. Thanks for the pictures.

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#10 Post by sarawakguy » Sun May 03, 2009 4:41 pm

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kissnight wrote:just out of curiosity, you won't harvest the nest unless the baby had left the nest eh..?

Of course, it does not make biz sense to kill the chicks. We will monitor the chicks and when it fly away, then we will harvest it.

and how do you know the nest has been abandon..?

by looking at it?

they dun reuse the same nest for new babies ?

Yes and No.

Yes, they will (swift) will recycle their nest by rebuilding it if its suitable. (This is no good for farmers as there will be 2 layers, 1 old and 1 new. This will degrade the quality of the nest thus fetching a lower market price)

No, we will had already harvested the nest once it is abandone. Every mating pair of swiftle will built there own nest, no matter what. (When the baby comes......it comes, so to speak)


I saw the baby bird, no hair.. gross.... :ko:

I can show you some with some feathers....want? No deviation of the mind...hor.....

your harvested bird nest looks quite clean.. and I thot it shud be filled wt bird poo and lots of feathers... me wrong.. :oops: :oops:

That's the difference between cave and bird farm nest. Cave nest are usually with lots of feathers and usually are thicker due to recyle of the nest by the swifts. Wastage (after cleaning) are very high, up to 50%.
House nest are very clean, maybe less than 3% of feathers, thus more yield after cleaning. Saves time, better quality.

eh.. lastly, can buy from you gah...?

Why not, how much do you want? What form do you want, be it raw (direct from the farm harvest) or cleaned and beautifully packed or pre-cooked for immediate consumption - some heating required or chilled.

got MSM member discount gah..? :mrgreen:

Sure, sista kissnight can have special price, in appreciation to your numerous and humerous contributions, which are very infectious too....keep em coming.

what's the market rate..?

Raw & fesh from farm is currently traded at @RM4.5k per kg

thanks for sharing.. this is very educational for me.. my 1st time look... :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Sama sama....its my pleasure. In fact, if any of MSM member wants, we can organise a tour to my farm, then you can have the pleasure of harvesting the nest yourself.eemm....no need to submit 2 POI lah..... =D>

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