Mar 25, 2010
Feb 26, 2010
Building up the critical mass naturally takes time. We decided to speed things up a little by incubating eggs and acclimatising them to the micro-climate at our farm from hatchlings.
Eggs dated and where there are pin holes and fissures due to mishandling, nail polish is applied.
Hatching out in a mere 16 days, not 20 + days as recorded in most books. Almost failed as knowing the incubation period is critical to a successful hatch. However daily observation and experience permitted us to have a successful hatch inspite of misinformation from books and various blogs (one blog recommended an incubation temperature of 40 celcius. That will most likely 'cook' the embryo).
In the brooder at 35 celcius.
Hand feeding starts 8 hours after hatching.
Feathering after 14 days
Feathering after 21 days
Oct 28, 2009
Today we had our first trial run calling the walit.
Completed walit house.
We switched on the 'bazooka' tweeter for the first time. It's that dark outline jutting up on the roof, in the picture. It has a range of 1 km.
And the walit came after just 5 minutes ! We counted easily a hundred! They dove down and around the house and some went in on investigatory flights.
Now we wait for some newly wed couples to make our house their home.
Aug 10, 2009
The swiftlets come down from the forest reserve adjoining our farm to feast on the many insects that the farm is home to. We are building a 3 storey building for the birds to harvest their nests in a sustainable manner.
Barely three weeks after we started work, the building is now on its final third level. And today while the outside temperature was hovering between 30 to 34 celcius, the inside was a constant 24 celcius, the ideal temperature for the birds. The wonders modern construction methods can do!
The key to successful swiftlet rearing is stability of temperature throughout the day and night. We are off to a good start.
The last floor. Click on pic for a close-up look.
Update September 13th, 2009 :
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September 13th, almost there. The fasting month has delayed things somewhat as some of the workers went back to their home villages. Hopefully, after Hari Raya Aidilfitri we can start calling the birds to come to their new home.