Wednesday, October 17, 2007

How to brood your Solraya's Sunshine Chicks

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.

One common mistake: When the breeze is cold or the wind is strong, most people have this misconception about wrapping the brooders with curtains or laminated sacks. That builds up ammonia fast inside and no fresh air is circulated. Remember that fresh air comes from below and hot air escapes at the top. If you will drape a curtain around the brooder, leave space below for air entry and keep the top (roof) open. If the Sunshines are cold, add more bulbs to keep them warm. Scatter bulbs to even heat around. 1watt per bird is just a guide, you may use more as needed.

Best gauge: How we feel is also how they feel. If you walked into their brooding room feeling warm and gasping for air....so do they!

WATER AND FEEDS: 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 adlibitum feeding of chick booster for the 1st 21days, prior to ranging. Make sure feeding trays are NEVER EMPTY. Medicate only when necessary.

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

Here are samples of styles of brooding. Let's work on what is available and easy for your requirements. What is important is that the system is one that works for you, so feeding and cleaning is not a task but an enjoyable way to bond w/ your Sunshines.


Remember, aside from Doc Rey, we have veterinarians to assist, we are very accessible by cellphones and landline calls that are forwarded to us (NO COST TO YOU), email, YM etc... Let us keep in touch always so we can monitor. We do farm visits for FREE. What is important is we are able to grow the Sunshines properly. Happy customers, means success to all of us.

83 comments:

  1. when can i let loose the chicks that i got a week ago? what probiotics shoud i give them? should they take B1B1 before they go to the ranging area?

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  2. Pls be guided by this posting, http://solraya.blogspot.com/2007/06/getting-started-w-your-sunshine-chicks.html

    For probiotics, you can ask the poultry supply nearest you for recommendations on the brands they carry. Probiotics are good bacterias, as opposed to antibiotics.

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  4. hello and greetings! where can i get those kinds of waterer and feeder that TJ uses? thanks and godbless to our sunshine.

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  5. ced, the poultry supply stores carry them.

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  6. i know but most of the waterer and feeders that i saw were the ordinary ones not the hanging type.anyway ill try to check with other poultry stores.thanks.

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  7. man sandy nakaktuwa.i harvested just two days ago.live weight was more than 2kilos after dressing them around 1 and 3/4 kilos.out of 17 15 ang nabuhay.personal consumption lang naman.next load will be 50 to 100 chicks.anyway thanks for bringing us sunshine chicken! mabuhay!

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  8. ced, kamusta naman ang lasa ng kinakain na Sunshines ng pamilya mo ngayon?

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  9. they eat it with so much gusto.not much fat..except that i cant tell it to my daughter that we're eating the chicken that she loves to see whenever we're in laguna.ill try the recepies here in your website.

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  10. ced, this reminds me about a customer whom I said not to give names to the chickens. hindi nga binigyan ng names...numbers naman...eh di ganun din :)

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  11. :) its hard when you get attached with them so i avoid to treat them as my pets.pero di maiwasan na may bansot sa group.kawawa naman i have to eliminate that one kasi same ang consumption pero hindi lumalaki.size 3rd week pa rin.

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  12. ced, very soon, lalabas na ang ang production ng Sunshine from our new set of breeders. Hintayin mo na lang yun :)

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  13. Thanks Mam Sandy.Would that be in a week time? Just let me know so i can prepare my Brooding House.God Bless you and our Sunshine!

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  14. ced, just email or text me your expected time of order. salamat :)

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  15. mam im living inside the camp, i have small backyard, gus2 q magbreed s backyard, is it possible i can get chicks can breed?

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  16. eric, you may try to inbreed your F1 Sunshine Chicks. You will get a few chicks, but it won't have the consistency in quality of F1 chicks.

    Not profitable and waste of time and effort if you plan to raise for commercial.

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  17. Do you give anticoccidiostat or antibiotics for prevention or treatment up to harvest age.

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  18. You best defense and prevention is sanitation and biosecurity. Only medicate WHEN necessary and not for prevention.

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  19. I have been preparing my own brooder and looking for the latest breed of sunshine chick. Im planning to start with 20 to 50 chick. for backyard grown chicken.

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  20. please kindly inform me where or which outlet i can buy or order the said chick. I need to inform my friend who wants to buy with me. hope to hear from you. . . .

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  21. argee, as you noted in our Dealer List, our Solraya Fairview outlet is nearest to you. If you needed 20-50, that will not be a problem. We will have that number.

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  22. I placed my order at Pacifica (dealer in Imus Cavite) and they said that chicks will be available on Feb 16? Is the pickup price Ph 35 or 40? According to them they sell it at Ph 40

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  23. @ jopi, the pick up price of PHP35 is at our Fairview outlet. Dealers sell st about PHP40

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  24. why is that i have 4 chicks out of the 30 which died during the brooding stage (from the the 10th day onwards) I had them vaccinated on the their 7th day

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  25. how old exactly are the chicks when you transfer them to your dealers?

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  26. @ jopi, vaccinating them is no guarantee from mortality :) Probably those four chicks were not ready to be vaccinated and were stressed in the process. Normally, we deliver to dealers in less than 24hrs after hatching.

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  27. i saw different styles of brooding on the pics. Are those wood shavings or feeds I'm seeing on the floor inside the cages?

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  28. What type of flooring do you recommend during the brooding stage?

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  29. @ jopi, what looks like feeds to you may actuall be rice hull or ipa in pilipino. Depending if what is readily available in your area, fresh rice hull is good because it absorbs moisture well, contributes to warmth in brooding and when you change the beddings, it may be used as organic fertilizer.

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  30. Hi can i have a piggery in my farm where i will have sunshine chicks? - tre

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  31. @ Tre, yes you may have the Sunshines co-exist with your pigs :)

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  32. hello, me and my friend is starting to raise sunshine chicken in their backyard we're from ParaƱaque Alabang area can you suggest store where we can buy the chicks and supplies near us thanks.

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  33. @ Dindo, pls check the DEALER LIST for the outlets nearest you

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  34. just purchased a 3.5 hectare farm land in camarines norte. can you point me to someone who can supply chicks there, i'd like to raise them but let me start small.

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  35. @ Sheikh Ali, Surely, start small. Grow and learn with the business. We can ship to you directly and you may pick up at the airport nearest you. You may email us for queries.

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  36. hello, I'm interested in raising sasso chicks, I'm planning to start with 50chicks. then increase it gradually if market is good.
    do you ship chicks to mindanao or do I have to get it from pacifica agrivet? the airport nearest to my place is Ozamis City. How much would it be if i'l buy directly from you?

    Raising chicks is another thing, right? do you have manuals or guides to raising sassos?

    Thanks!

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  37. I'd like to start small and at the same time earn and help provide an alternative livelihood for retiring family members. thanks!

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  38. @ Christian, we are able to send directly to you. You may email info@solraya.com As per guides, pls read through this blog. Thank you

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  39. june de guzman
    i am interested to buy sunshine chicks but don't know the closest source to buy them from where I live in Cuyapo,Nueva Ecija. willing to start it as a business.

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  40. @ june de guman, pls refer to our dealer list so you know where is most convenient for you. salamat

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  41. Goodevening sir. Pwede po ba na ang gamitin kong feeds ay ung mga Pre starter mash,grower mash, at finisher mash na pangpakain ko sa mga manok ko? kasi po ang mahal ng crumble e. Malaki po ba ang disadvantage ng mash sa crumble? thanks

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  42. @warlock, just make sure na ang nakukuha mong feeds ay pang BROILERS....not just pang manok, but pang broilers. Iba kasi ang layers, sa broilers. Plus, make sure hindi pang baboy.

    So you will need broiler chick booster and broiler starter

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  43. i would like to ask if light is crucial for the birds? I have a problem w/ electricity at our farm and we noticed that every time there is a power failure at night, we would have mortality the following day since the chicken would get listless. They are over 7 weeks old already

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  44. I would also like to ask if we need to feed the chicken at night? Our caretaker wakes up at around 12mn just to feed the chicken. Are we overfeeding them? Or Is it okay to feed them like humans, 3 times a day w/2 snacks :)

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  45. @Tre, heat is crucial. But as you say, they are over 7weeks already, so they should be harvestable by now and surely doesn't need heat because feathers are fully developed. If they get listless at night, its because they had been used to the light. You may withdraw them from that bright evening, gardually.

    As for the feeding, pls read through the blog :)

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  46. I would like to ask if bakit ba nagkakaroon nang mga langgam sa loob ng brooding ko? Does ants can kill my 7 days old chicks? I have 20 sunshines right now.

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  47. @ hughal, tingnan mo kung ano ang pinupuntahan ng langgam? May mga matamis ba na nakakalat dyan? Nakaka paglinis ka ba parati? Hindi normal na may langgam kung malinis

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  48. i just change the beddings na, nag lessen yung langgam but still andyan parin cla. Sa pagtinging ko linalanggam yung mga dumi nila. and btw, can i ask kung anu ang vaccine na masuggest mo sa akin pra sa mga day old chiks ko. salamat po.

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  49. @ hughal, May nilalanggam dyan. Ano ang meron sa pinapakain or pinaiinom mo? For bakuna, check on "how to take care" :)

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  50. mam, ask ko lng po..hnd po pla continuous ung pgrami ng mga chicks? so after nilang mgmature kelangan rin nilang ibenta agad? kc i read from the other post na d sila meant for breading, dont know what it means exactly. so parang 1 generation lng ang cycle nya? then we have to order back to you for another batch?

    thanks in advance :-)

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  51. @ Maricor, yes mam :) Same with the industrial chickens, you only raise the first generation (F1s).

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  52. thanks!

    want to buy 100 day old chicks. how much is midsayap(mindanao area - 4 hours land travel from davao) would cost me? im currently in abu dhabi. where can i send the money if ever? my email is marics_corner@yahoo.com ..

    thanks in advance! :-)

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  53. @ Maricor. Send me an email info@solraya.com ty :)

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  54. dear solraya,
    pwede po ba malaman ang e-mail add ng Earthkeepers sa tiaong quezon nor Raymond Rubia ng Candelaria,kc po malapit ang san pablo laguna doon
    tnx

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  55. im interested in sunshine chicken farming and im from batanes. where can i buy grower or pullets?

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  56. @ bnard, how many did you want? email me at info@solraya.com

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  57. hi there.. im interested in this sunshine thing.. my father already retired from work and is busy with his little farm now.. he had been raising native manok & baboys.. i want to introduced to him this sunshine chicken.. i want to buy around 30-50pcs of day old chick.. where can i buy it in tuguegarao? im in cavite right now and will be planning to go home soon.. if ill buy in fairview then took a bus going home im afraid the chicks will get stress so if you had dealers in cagayan pls do give me the exact address.. gud day n god bless..

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  58. @ asuncion_roderick, you may purchase the white chicks anywhere. That is the reason why we have shifted to white. Cheaper and easy to find.

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  59. white chicks? those that are for commercial? ung cobbs ba un ma'am? so nagshift na po kayu sa white wala na ba ung colored? sunshine din po ba ung white?

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  60. @ asuncion_roderick, yes the white chicks that are grown commercially. The taste and the healthy benefits are results of how you raise it. So you may be using the same chicks as the commercial growers, but you will have a different taste and benefits from your harvested chickens than that of the commercial growers'.

    We shifted as we got involved with natural farming. It has to be easy and accessible for all, so we tried pasturing the whites and got the results we wanted.

    Sunshine is our branding. Whatever we produce in terms of dressed chickens, meat products or chicks will be called Sunshine Chicken :)

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  61. Hi Doc. Just wanted to know if raising Sunshine Chicken for commerce is profitable compared to traditional and how I can increase profitability like, feeding them with Azolla.

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  62. thursdayfilmcrew, for one, the initial capital in raising pastured chickens is far lower than going industrial chicken raising way. In industrial, investments on buildings alone are very high, as compared to pasturing where we just need shed. As for feeding, Azolla, grass and forage is free :)

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  63. Good afternoon ma'am, consider all the rearing done is at its best, may i know the profitability of the business? can you give me an estimate of what is the selling price of a live 60 day-old during harvest? mas mahal po ba pa pag dressed na chicken ang ibebenta? this is the one topic left untouched I believed very important to know before deciding to start. thank you very much. Hope to hear from you very soon.

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  64. hi chickenladia, this had been tackled in several postings :) We sell dressed at PHP200/kg. For live, we used to sell at PHP150/kg. Thank you very much.

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  65. hello maam solraya ano po bang ipakin sa day old chicks na walang growth hormes yun bang hindi commercialized na mga feeds availbale kaya ito sa mga poultry supply.

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  66. maam sandy mayron po kasi kaming 1hectare na lupa sa bukid at sa tingin ko maganda ang plano ko magraise ng sunshine chicken ang problema walang kuryente kasi doon.kaya kayang mabuhay ang day old chick mabuhay kahit walang kuryente? ilang days po ba ang mga binibenta nyong chicks maam para sa mga costumer nyo.kasi ako nasa mindanao bukidnon.god bless

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  67. spark, kung walang kuryente pwede ka gumamit na heater na uling.

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  68. Maam sandy salamat sa info. Mam tama ba yung celphone number niyo na nakapost kasi tatawagan ko di man makontak, para pag-uwi ko dis march kung matapos na ang housing ng mga manok ko matwagan kaagad kita para makorder ako sa inyo ng sisiw.

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    1. Right number. But we don't sell chicks anymore kasi nga and puti ay mura at meron makukunan sa area na malapit sa inyo. Kaya nga mas mabuti ang ordinaryong manok para sa lahat :)

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  69. Maam sandy nalilito ako pakibasa po yung respond mo kay asuncion below.maam ibig mo sabihin na yung mga white chikcs na marami at available sa mga poultry ngayon or yung sabi nila na broiler 45 days na tag 25 pesos ang isa yun ba yung aalagaan but in organic style?tapos mai nabasa din ako sa blog na mayron kaung bagong set of breeds anong klasing breed po yun.so you mean po maam na di ibig sabihin na kailangan talaga galing sa inyo bibili ako.pwede din ako bumili dito sa amin kasi ang broiler chick dito 25 pesos lang sa mga poultry po at eraise ko lang cla by organic sa pamamagitan ng inyong mga tinuturo niyo doon sa mga video sa youtube.

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    @ asuncion_roderick, yes the white chicks that are grown commercially. The taste and the healthy benefits are results of how you raise it. So you may be using the same chicks as the commercial growers, but you will have a different taste and benefits from your harvested chickens than that of the commercial growers'.

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    1. Spark, tama ang intindi mo. We now teach to use the ordinary white chicks kasi mura at madaling hanapin so mas maraming matutulungan sa atin. Yung nabasa mo na new breed ay matagal ng post. Bago pa na we experimented and got very good results sa puti.

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  70. yung sasso chicken po maam pareho lang din ba ang breeds nya sa white chicks ninyo?

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  71. Magandang araw po sa lahat!!!

    Im interested with your Sasso chicken and I'd like to become as one of your dealer. May mga requirements po ba kayo para maging dealer or outlet ng Sasso chicken?

    Thank you in advance and more power to SOLRAYA!!!

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  72. hi, may i know whre i can get those chicks? i have farm at cagayan valley and i want to try sasso. how much per chick if for example i will purchase minimum of 500? thank you ang hoping to here from you guys...

    here my # 09166955582

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  73. hi, may i know whre i can get those chicks? i have farm at cagayan valley and i want to try sasso. how much per chick if for example i will purchase minimum of 500? thank you ang hoping to here from you guys...

    here my # 09166955582

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  74. Good day! I would like to ask if how much per head is sunshine chicken and how much would it cost for the shipment for 100 heads to Pagadian City, Mindanao? Please call me at 09272002826 or email me the price ga1gamefarm@ yahoo.com or henrytsungcad@yahoo.com.
    Hoping for your immediate response.
    Thank you very much

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  75. hello po farmer po ako from palawan gusto ko po sana magtanong kong pwede akong bumili sa inyo ng derekta at kong nagsiship po kayo to palawan ng day old sunshine chicken. Thanks.
    contact # ko po pala 09284427155

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  76. Hello, i am your avid viewer in you tube and interested to start in organic farming. I would like to ask kung open pa po ba ung outlet nyo sa SM Fairview, bibili sana kami ng husband ko sunshine and sasso chicken. I'm calling the number but its not yet in service. And if may mga seminars kayo from this day onwards interesado sana akong umattend. I am from san pedro laguna and here is my contact number 0921-270-8880 and email add dearsar_socro@yahoo.com. Pls...Pls... I will wait for your reply.

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  77. HELLO SIR ASK LANG PO IF AVAILABLE PO YUNG MGA SASSO SA OZAMIS CITY.. TNX PO
    IF AVAILABLE PWEDE KO PO BA MALAMAN KUNG SAN ANG LOCATION

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  78. HELLO SIR ASK LANG PO IF AVAILABLE PO YUNG MGA SASSO SA OZAMIS CITY.. TNX PO
    IF AVAILABLE PWEDE KO PO BA MALAMAN KUNG SAN ANG LOCATION

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  79. hello maam/sir,,
    how musch po yung sasso chicken nyo na ready to lay eggs,,
    im here in taguig po,,
    may free delivery po ba kayo?

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  80. hello maam/sir,,
    how musch po yung sasso chicken nyo na ready to lay eggs,,
    im here in taguig po,,
    may free delivery po ba kayo?

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