It is vital that swiftlet farms are located in a good environment. It has to be away from industrial and densely populated areas. Ideally, swiftlet houses should be situated in cool and highland areas.
GASB swiftlet houses are located in the countryside areas of Sabah, where it is highly forested, ideal for swiftlets to breed.
The traditional way of harvesting bird’s nest is dangerous, with no safety equipment besides a helmet and rope, the harvesters risk their lives to climb up vertical cave walls and collect the nests.
In more recent times, a new form of bird's nest production was making its appearance, it's been called "Man Made Bird House" or "Swiftlet House". Compared to traditional cave harvesting, swiftlet houses making us able to harvest the bird's nest in a safe and controlled environment, reducing impurities while getting consistent nest shapes desired by the market. In other words, it is a perfect method to ensure the purity of the bird's nest product.
To lure swiftlets into houses, it is important to mimic the swiftlet’s natural habitat as close as possible. Our earmarked areas are located along the swiftlets’ flight path, while Kulat provide an environment teeming with resources for the swiftlets when they gather food.
The swiftlet will breed three times a year, the eggs are usually laid in pairs and then incubated for 3-4 weeks. When the baby swiftlets are grow large enough to fly, they will abandon the nest and go. Swiflet will build a new nest each time they breed, the leftover bird’s nest is then harvested by the human and served as edible bird’s nest.
Bird’s nests – made with swiftlets’ solidified saliva – are harvested and processed by hand. It is generally made into a dessert known as bird’s nest soup or added into rice porridge or other delicate desserts.
Long associated with the Chinese culture, consuming bird’s nest is a popular way to boost one’s health. It is believed to improve skin conditions, boost immunity, replenish nutrients in the body and a great natural supplement to those with poor health.
It is exceedingly popular in China, where it is considered a natural and nourishing tonic for pregnant women, helping to improve the mother’s and the baby’s immune systems. It also helps in the baby's brain development and skin condition in-vitro.