Is eating bird’s nest equal to killing the birds?

Yan Society has recently been getting a lot of concerned messages from her fans regarding consuming bird’s nest:

These are also Yan Society’s biggest concerns.

There are many types of bird’s nest, with the highest grade bird’s nest being golden swiftlet’s nest. The purpose of golden swiftlets building nest is to raise their chicks, and not for sleeping in. When the swiftlets are sleeping, they will use their claws to hang on to walls, wooden boards, and the surface of buildings to rest, and not stay in their nests.

Golden swiftlets having three breeding seasons each year, once during April, August and December respectively. Experts know that the temperature and humidity in April are perfect for breeding, and coupled with the abundance of food available, the swiftlets tend to produce cleaner nests. These bird’s nests that are processed are often known as the first batch of bird’s nest, and they possess the best grade and quality.


The construction of the nest will take place over 30 days, and after the nest is completed, the mother swiftlet will lay her eggs inside. Taking care of the baby is not solely the duty of the mother bird, but the task of raising the young is shared by both the mother and father swiftlet. Over a period of 40 days, the swiftlet parents will carefully incubate the eggs and painstakingly raise their chick.

Once the swiftlet chick has grown its feathers and knows how to fly, there won’t be any use of the nest anymore, since swiftlets commonly rest by finding a safe location grabbing on to a vertical surface with their sharp claws.

Even if a swiftlet has built a nest and laid eggs before, once it is time for the next breeding season, it will still use its saliva to construct a new nest to lay its eggs. If the swiftlets do not spit out their saliva, their salivary glands will continue to enlarge during the incubation period, forcing them to expel their saliva.

A golden swiftlet will only use each of their constructed nest once. In other words, for the next breeding season, it will then build a new nest rather than use the old one. If a previous nest is gone, the swiftlet will build another nest at the exact spot. However, if the previous nest is still there, the bird will instead make the old nest thicker and taller. If a nest gets too tall, it is in constant danger of falling off, or the egg inside might drop to the ground.

Whenever we collect bird’s nests, we will always check if there are any eggs or swiftlet chicks still inside. If there is, the nest and the young birds will be left alone. Those nests that are harvested and collected are those left behind by the fully grown swiftlets and their parents. Due to our close connection to nature and the ancient culture behind bird’s nest, and having lived side by side with them from generation to generation, we will never ever let the swiftlet lose their homes.


Every bird’s nest that carries our name is guaranteed to be:
– 100% Pure & Genuine without any additional ingredients
– Not bleached nor chemically treated in any form
– Free from coloring, additives, and preservatives
– Strict quality control and safe packaging
– HACCP, ISO22000, Halal and Mesti certified.

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