All of our Bird's Nests come from a family farm in Indonesia and adhere to the highest quality standards. The A-ratings refer to the size and uniformity of the nests. More A's indicate larger nests with less defects.
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), bird’s nests have been considered a valuable dietary supplement for centuries. TCM doctors recommend it to treat asthma, cough, and lung disease. Elderly people who have chronic diseases or poor eyesight, stroke survivors, and dialysis patients are encouraged to use bird’s nest as a supplement. Bird’s nests can nourish the yin (calming, relaxing, better sleep etc.) , moisten dry eyes, and help to hydrate the skin.
70% of pregnant women in Asia consume bird’s nest during their pregnancy because it is considered to enhance immunity, helping ward against colds and flu. Bird’s nest is considered to not just improve the skin of the expecting mother, giving it a pinkish glow, but to also strengthen the skin of the baby.*
Today's scientific research shows that bird's nests contain a lot of water-soluble glycogen protein and carbohydrates, calcium, iron, phosphorus, etc. It also contains a small amount of epidermal growth factor that stimulates cell growth.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
There are four deceiving practices you need to know before you buy bird’s nest from anybody else:
Bleaching or dying: The bird's nests either come from caves or houses that are especially built to accommodate them.The red-blood swallow nests get their distinctive color from the interaction of minerals, air, and humidity and are fairly rare. It is generally believed that the minerals in red nests are richer than those in white nests, so the price is slightly higher. However, there are some merchants using food coloring to dye the white nests red to achieve a higher price. This color processing also hides the presence of fine feathers and other particles that should be removed and can cause harm. White bird's nest is a natural product and it has its own natural greyish color. If you look at pure white or red nests, there is a high chance that they have been bleached with chemicals or been dyed. Often, consumers are misled by the idea that a pure white or red bird’s nest is of higher quality, which is not true.A natural white bird's nest should be cream or grey colored and can have some darker spots. A natural, unbleached bird’s nest should have a natural mildewy aroma. If it doesn’t possess that smell, or contains a strong chemical odor, that is a sign that it had been bleached or dyed.
Glueing: Birds’ nest are built by swallows depositing strips of saliva to create a home for their offspring. The saliva is very rich in protein and the building process takes at least two and a half months.During that process, the bird feathers and other impurities can get mixed into the layers of the nest. Therefore, each nest undergoes a painstakingly laborious cleaning process involving magnifying glasses and tweezers. That cleaning process can leave holes in the nest which doesn’t affect the efficacy, but lowers the commercial grade of the nest. However, some processors will create a paste from seaweed, fish bone powder and other substances in order to cover the holes. Some go as far as smoothing out the crevices and add as much as possible of the relatively cheap paste in order to double the weight of the processed nests.We have even seen bird’s nests that were covered with non-edible rubber. The non-edible rubber covers the bird's nest for a long time and can preserve the nest better, but it will permeate into the layers and will not wash off. In people with a weak digestion system, it causes gastrointestinal discomfort and can harm the function of the digestive system.
Adding weight by adding water: In order to avoid the bird’s nests from becoming brittle and crushed during transportation, they should contain between 5% and 10% water.Some companies are known to add more than 15% of water to the birds’ nest in order to increase their profits. However, the higher moisture content makes the nests turn moldy faster and requires them to coat the nests with a spray glue, similar to hairspray, to preserve them.
Resin filled bird’s nests: Some bird’s nests are made from a substitute material, an edible resin that can be bought in Asia for as little as $1 USD per pound. The fake birds nests are intermingled with a few real bird’s nests in the same package.
We at Silkie denounce those misleading and unhealthy practices and select our bird’s nest suppliers very carefully. We have partnered with a farm in Indonesia that is over 70 years old, where farmers use traditional processing methods to produce the highest quality product. Because we are TCM herbalists, we are committed to providing the most natural and pure bird’s nests for our customers.
Give us a try and you will know the difference.
Our Silkie guarantee;
Bird’s Nest cleanliness ranks highest in the industry.
No more than 10% water content in Bird’s Nest (to protect against cracks from dryness).
No chemicals added while cleaning (such as bleach, hydrogen peroxide, etc.).
No glue or other materials added (such as seaweed, fish bone powder, non-edible rubber, etc.).
No broken bird’s nest fillings.
Never bleached (so the color might vary in each nest).
100% Pure Bird's Nest ( contains the natural mildew aroma).