When I was young, my grandmother used to feed me with Bird Nest soup freqeuntly. Back then it was cheap. Now it is a very profitable business, I am told.
Restaurant owner in Segamat, Johor, Mr Tey took us on tour, to see his venture into Bird Nest farming in a shop lot. A hole is made at the very top floor as entrance.
Recordings of bird sounds blare from speakers to attract Swiftlets. Fine mist is sprayed to keep environment cool.
On the inside, rooms with ceilings designed for Swiftlets to build nests. This room has to be pitch black. The Swiftlets emit click sounds to navigate in the dark.
Bird nest built next to a speaker.
Swiftlets flying back to nest via entrance at roof top at about 7pm.
Raw harvested nests.
White indicate Nest was harvested before Bird lay eggs.
Black indicate Nest used for laying eggs.
Mr. Tey showing his harvest. Income can range from RM 3,000 to RM 10,000 per month.
Bird Nest after cleaning.
Bird Nest cleaned and packed for sale.