Collecting the nests once they are constructed by the swiftlets is a delicate process that requires care and precision. Bird’s nests are fragile, and improper handling can damage their quality and market value. Here are the steps to follow for nest collection in swallow farming:
Swiftlet nests are typically collected after they have been constructed and the swiftlets have left the nests. Nest collection should be done during the daytime when the birds are not present. It’s important to avoid disturbing the nesting birds.
Wear appropriate protective gear, such as gloves and a dust mask, to protect yourself from dust and potential allergens associated with bird nests.
Be extremely gentle when handling the nests. Bird’s nests are delicate and can easily break. Use a soft, clean brush or a feather duster to remove dust or feathers from the nests.
Ensure that you are safe while collecting nests. Depending on the design of your swallow farming facility, you may need to use ladders or reach into high nesting areas. Practice ladder safety and take necessary precautions to avoid accidents.
Use clean and dry storage containers to collect the nests. These containers should be of an appropriate size to accommodate the nests without damaging them.
Labeling and Categorization:
As you collect nests, it’s essential to label and categorize them based on their quality and other relevant criteria. High-quality nests should be separated from lower-quality ones.
After collection, carefully clean the nests to remove any remaining feathers, debris, or contaminants. Use a gentle touch and avoid excessive handling to prevent damage.
Inspect the nests for quality, size, shape, and overall cleanliness. Grade the nests into different categories based on their quality and characteristics.
Store the cleaned and categorized nests in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated storage area. Use appropriate storage containers to protect the nests from dust, pests, and humidity.
Maintain detailed records of the nests you collect, including the date, quantity, quality, and any relevant observations. Accurate record keeping helps with inventory management and sales.
Develop a schedule for regular nest collection to ensure that nests are harvested at the right time and in their optimal condition.
Safety and Health Precautions:
If you have any concerns about health risks associated with bird’s nests, such as allergens or disease transmission, take appropriate safety measures and consult with experts or health professionals.
Swiftlet nest collection should be conducted with the utmost care to maintain the quality and value of the nests. The nests should be properly cleaned, graded, and stored to preserve their quality and ensure they are ready for market or further processing.