Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ )

1. Where do SunshineNest bird’s nests originate from?
There are generally two types of bird’s nests. One being “house” nests, and the other being “cave” nests. SunshineNest’s bird’s nests are produced by swiftlets in swiftlet farms, which are considered as “house nests”.

2. What’s the difference between bird’s nests that are harvested from swiftlet farms, compared to bird’s nests  that are harvested from caves?
Swiftlet farms have specially designed structures that are built to improve the hygienic conditions for swiftlets to build their nests. As a result, the nests made by the swiftlets are much cleaner compared to “cave” nests which are constructed by swiftlets on the walls and ceilings of caves high up in the limestone ceilings. Studies have shown that “house” nests and “cave” nests are equally nutritious.

3. Would the swiftlet's home be destroyed when their nests are harvested?
No. The nests are only removed when young swiftlets are mature enough to leave the nest. This does not harm the swiftlet as they will make new nests when it is time for reproduction. This occurs three times a year.

4. What makes SunshineNest bird's nest drink different from others?

We are a bird’s nest producer with control over the entire supply chain. This means we send our bird’s nest products for microbiological, chemical and nutritional tests and analysis regularly, to ensure consistent quality in our drinks. 

We are also the first raw bird’s nest producer to receive the Veterinary Health Mark (VHM) accreditation from the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) Malaysia. 

We are also certified for multiple food safety and quality standards, including Halal and HACCP. Click here to read more about our certifications.

5. When is the best time to consume a bird's nest drink? And how much should you drink?
The best time to consume a bird’s nest drink is usually in the morning when you are still on an empty stomach. The average person should consume at least 2g - 3g of dry bird’s nest drinks daily to receive its optimal nutritional value. Any excessive consumption will be discharged by the body.

6. Does SunshineNest's products contain any artificial substances? 
No. SunshineNest is committed to producing only 100% pure bird’s nest products without the use of any additives, chemicals, colourings or preservatives, in order to preserve the natural goodness found in bird’s nest drinks. If you are interested, you can click the following link to view our premium bird's nest drinks in Malaysia.


 7. Why are there bird's nest drinks of different colours?

For all edible bird’s nests, once the swiftlet’s saliva has hardened the nest, the nest will turn into an off-white or ivory colour. 

However, poor conditions in swiftlet farms may result in poor quality bird’s nests being produced. This is often clear when the colour changes from off-white to yellow, orange and even red. These colours tend to contain high levels of nitrates and nitrites which reduces the capacity of blood cells to transport oxygen within our bodies. 

However, this is not a concern for SunshineNest, as all our products are harvested in a sustainable and timely manner to minimise the nitrification process.

 8. Why should women drink bird's nest products during their confinement period?

Pregnant women should consume bird’s nest products during their confinement period because the drink is high in epidermal growth factor (EGF). EGF helps the mother to recover faster from childbirth and it also improves her complexion, especially if breastfeeding is involved.