Serama

History

The Malaysian Serama bantam is the smallest breed of chicken in the world, weighing less than 500g. They are only 15-25 centimetres tall and are the result of crossing Japanese bantams with Malaysian bantams. The modern version of this breed was created in the early 1970s by WeeYean Een from Malaysia but the origins of the breed are reputed to date back to the 1600s. They are supposedly named after the Thai king, Raja Sri Rama, who, like these little birds, was renowned for his majestic appearance and proud carriage. There are 3 categories for this breed and they are graded according to their weight with the smallest and most desirable weighing just 350g. They are very upright little birds with a small neat comb. The breast is high and pushed upwards with the wings almost touching the ground, giving the impression that they are standing to attention and the tail is held at 90° so that it almost touches the back of the head.

Behaviour

Serama bantams make excellent house pets and are one of the most popular pets in America as they are friendly, confident little birds and love to be with people. The cockerel’s crow is very much quieter than that of a larger breed which makes them an ideal house pet but cockerels shouldn’t be kept together to avoid fighting. They are difficult to breed because they carry the Japanese Bantam “lethal gene” which means that around 2% of embryos fail to hatch or that some chicks will die shortly after hatching. The incubation period for their eggs is shorter than most other breeds with the eggs hatching after 19-20 days. They come in all colours and don’t breed true to any colour or even size with some chicks being very tiny and others being larger than the parent. They mature at 16-18 weeks and are all year round egg layers. Unusually, they moult continuously and lose a few feathers each day. They come from tropical areas and although they are pretty hardy, they may need to be protected from very cold temperatures. Due to their size, they also cope better with layers mash than pellets. Their eggs range in colour from pure white to dark brown and it takes 5 Serama eggs to equal one large graded egg!

Status

Rare

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- Ginmary,

They are wonderful pets. However, when my Roo crows, the whole house shakes! Don’t underestimate the volume. Your neighbors will know you have a rooster if kept outdoors.


docile, friendly, hardy, good layers (30grams) low crowing roosters - Daniel,

I keep a Serama rooster and some serama hens with my mixed flock of large chickens (Brahamas and wyandottes). The serama rooster is the leader of the flock. They are just a tiny version of a big chicken. They behave just like my other breeds. They are good layers (30 grams) and lay about 5-6 eggs pr week. They eat much less because they are so tiny(300-400) grams and dont need that much space. They allso dont destroy my flower garden due to their tiny size :) Easy and friendly to handle. Best to buy some small chickens or hatching eggs and grow them up ur self to be shure to get them tamed. They will stay in the garden, and is not a flighty chicken breed. They are docile and friendly pets, nice for children. If you breed them they will come out in all different colours, they dont stay true to colourbreeding. The roosters crow is not loud and they can be kept in citygardens. (Its the only rooster breed i can keep where I live because of my neighbours).


- Maria,

Excellent pets


Perfect Pets - Yvonne,

Serama chickens are very small so they make great pets if you live in an urban area. We have four and they weigh no more than 16 oz. Very beautiful birds. They are friendly and don’t mind being held. Since they are small you want to make sure they are protected from predators when they are outside and kept warm during the winter if you live in colder states as they do not tolerate the cold well.


Perfect pet bird - Christal,

If you want an egg layer or meat bird look elsewhere, but if you want a beautiful, friendly, unique companion bird who is easy to care for and maintain then they are perfect. You may have trouble finding them as they are still a specialty show bird, but well worth the investment. I have 2 pairs now, in addition to our flock of cochins, sebrights, silkies, etc and the serama are my babies. One rooster in particular was gotten when he was 4 months old and he wasn't handled, within a couple weeks I had him sleeping in my arms, they truly are bred to love humans if shown love and affection. I worked with him and now if the door to the house is open he's in here looking for me. If he finds me laying on the couch he's on my chest taking a nap. Seramas are wonderful birds, why get an African grey parrot? Get a beautiful serama rooster.

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