Serama

Breed Rating (20 Reviews)

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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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Latest Reviews For Serama (5 of 21)

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Fantastic Personalities and Perfect for Small Gardens - Paul,

Had my Seramas a while now. These are the smallest chicken in the world. They aren't kept for their eggs because they are small. Rather they are kept for their captivating personalities, their friendliness, their non destructive garden behaviour and their beauty, especially when they pose and goose step across your lawn! They rarely go broody and are not reliable at raising chicks. Keeping a cockerel adds to the pleasure and beauty. A full grown cockerel with beautiful tail feathers only stands at 9" high. They don't crow much and when they do it is not a loud raucous noise that disturbs people. I have three cockerels and live on a Council estate and no one complains.


Great bird for indoors - Boopid,

Lays more eggs than I eat (don't like the eggs) and it's a great indoor bug control.


great breed suits small space - Kenmac, Westmeath,

all the colour and type of many breeds but less cockerel noise and pet type breed, eggs taste lovely, ideal for pickling, great with children.


seramas - Colin,

The serama chicken is a lovely quiet is one of my favorite breeds and i have a few other breeds like vorwerk and marrans. they are the most hardy of all my chcikens that i have ever had and they are a great layers and lay most of the year except when they are molting. the serama ar the best broodies i have ever seen, in one year from start to finish most of my hens went broody 5 times but reared 4 broods of chicks each after the chicks have hatched about 3-4 week after the hens started to lay again i would highly reconmed you to keep serama chickens you can buy hatching eggs from them from ebay.


Fabulous birds - Ann,

Serama's are the most beautiful birds to keep especially in a small garden. Mine are curious but friendly and quick to learn. Hens do go broody at the drop of a hat but make great mothers. Cockerels screech rather than crow!

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