Tuesday, June 26, 2007

21 July 2007

Our next batch for day old Sunshine Chicks will be available on 21 July 2007.

For orders requiring air transport, please confirm early so we may arrange booking with airlines.

Thank you.

24 June hatch

We were caught flatfooted and schedules went wary as we had an early hatch. Expected pullout from hatchery was 24June afternoon, but by morning of 23June, we were advised that the chicks were ready.

That meant pulling out drivers for deliveries, we had to run to Manila 12hrs earlier, calling customers to expect delivery 12 hrs earlier, feeding the chicks meant for airport...and not sleeping till Monday :)

In other words - we had a good early hatch :) chicks were energetic and tipped the scales at 5kilos per box at the airport.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Getting Started w/ Your Sunshine Chicks - The flyer we give out to buyers of chicks

Solraya’s Sunshine Chicken


Poultry raised on open grass are high in beneficial fats and other factors that lower cholesterol and greatly reduce degenerative disease in the consumer! Eating large proportions of living green plants, while foraging for insects and seeds and myriad other natural commodities that science hasn't identified yet, and with minimal need for medication, grass-fed animals create more vibrant health than other poultry. Moreover, the meat and eggs are incredibly tasty compared to general market chicken.

1. Better Food. Substantial increases in nutritional value of pasture poultry, particularly in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Vitamin A, and a significant decrease in total fat.

2. More Satisfying Flavor. Poultry raised on pasture, in fresh air and sunshine, taste superior to confinement raised poultry. Naturally raised poultry has a firmer texture and more satisfying "gamey taste".

3. Lower cost entry. Small-scale and limited resource farmers can start a profitable farm enterprise for a fraction of the cost of conventional, integrator-controlled poultry housing.

4. Fertility and Pasture management. Moving poultry across the pasture is a way to spread manure and fertility without using excessive equipment or labor.

5. Multi-Cropping. Poultry can be used to scavenge crop residue, and hog down weeds and grasses in multi-crop fields being used for horticulture and floriculture.

Getting started with your Sunshine Chicks (first 21days)


Housing of Birds: Secure from predators, i.e., rats, cats, and dogs. Fencing wire may be buried below the surface to prevent any of predators from getting to the birds. You need light, heat, and water. As for temperature, birds (four weeks of age or older) are best suited for 70oF. Important to have shaded areas. Location should be well drained. Lay rice hulls, or ground corn cobs for absorbent flooring. Good choice for bedding materials during the wet season is sand, because it allows for excellent drainage.

Brooding the Birds: By practice, use one (1) watt per bird for heating bulbs. It is better to use several bulbs in smaller wattages, rather than using a100watt bulb when you brood 100 chicks. Temperature should be 70 to 75oF with the temperature at chicks’ level to be 95oF during the first week. The area assigned to these chicks should have some flexibility such that they can move through a range of temperatures (95 to 75oF). Monitor the birds for signs of stress; for instance, if the chicks are scattered around the area and chirping loudly, chances are they are hot; conversely, if you notice the chicks all huddled together in one area, they are likely cold . They should be comfortably scattered, moving around. That is your basis that temperature is right. The temperatures given are just guides. USE YOUR EYES to monitor them. At the end of Week 1, begin dropping the temperature by 5oF per week until you reach 70oF, and then try to maintain that temperature.

Water and Feed: The most neglected and overlooked nutrient is water. What appears to be a bowl of “clean water;” may contain millions of bacteria. The bacteria will stress the digestive system of the bird, such that it will not grow at the rate believed to be their potential. The waterers and feeders should be cleaned routinely (weekly or sooner) with a product like chlorine to reduce the incidence of microbial formation. Fresh water needs to be supplied everyday to insure healthy birds. During the periods of extreme heat, there is an increased risk of microbial growth.

We suggest using probiotics/vitamins in their drinking water, and adlib feeding of chick booster for the 1st 21days, prior to ranging. Medicate only when necessary.

Vaccinations: Day 7 - B1 B1; Day 14 - B1 La Sota

Ranging, Day21 onwards, till slaughter: Segregate by net, compartments for ranging area around their pen. That way, you are able to rotate ranging areas. When you rotate, the manure fertilizes the land and you move to another ranging area so as not to deplete a small section. You may also want to use movable pens, so they have fresh grass everyday and litter will not be a problem.

Let them free range in open air, eating grass, insects, table scraps, or what is abundant in your area. Supplement with corn/pellets/grains for morning and afternoon. Give probiotics everyday in drinking water. We suggest using unmedicated protein concentrate, mixed 50/50 with corn etc.

Basing from growth, you may get the marketable weight at 49-63days, depending on your needs. For best tasting chickens, it is suggested you slaughter at 85-90 days.

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Solraya’s Sunshine Chicken – Free ranged, grass fed, raised w/ a lot of sunshine and fresh air…for a healthy back to basics lifestyle. http://solraya.blogspot.com info@solraya.com (0917) 847-2639; Mla(02) 417-1800; Solano (078) 326-7860; Bambang (078) 803-2305; Santiago City (078)682-3758

Thursday, June 07, 2007

1.04 at 47

The last batch of 75 chicks had been picked up today, weighed at an average of 1.04 kilos at 47 days. No longer chicks I would say :)

I discouraged buyer last week as they wanted 75 and that was all that was left, so no choices for them anymore. After seeing the chicks for themselves, they wanted to go ahead with the PO.

The only ones left now are the 6 heads I saved for our table.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007


Imported chicks will be available 24 June 2007 at our Fairview outlet. Orders will be ready for pick-up late afternoon.

Orders for shipment to Visayas and Mindanao will be sent on the first flight on 25 June 2007. For chicks to be sent by air, please order by 15 June so we may confirm 1st flight on the 25th of June. That way, we are assured that your chicks get to you early morning to lessen the stress of the travel due to heat.

We are almost booked for that hatching schedule. Timetables are being planned for the next hatching date sometime July.

Pls contact (0917) 847-2639 or info@solraya.com for inquiries and bookings.

Thank you