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Serama

 

Serama


Serama, though not recognised as a breed by any poultry association,  they have become a favorite around the globe. The Serama is not recognised because it does not have a standard type in color, size, nor personality. Their genetics vary enough that a set color is not produced and ads to the difficulty in having them recognised. Some of their most notable characteristics include their determination in mothering both eggs and chicks, their gentleness and loyalty to humans when raised with them, and above all their Stance and Pose. Serama carry their body, tail, and wings vertically. A Roosters head sits so far back that his comb will almost touch his tail. Standing tall with their full breast they are a proud looking bird.

Serama were first imported into the United States in 2000. After being imported Breeders and Enthusiasts in the United States wished to create that standard so they can become recognised however there is much controversy as to what those standards should be. Some folks call them Malaysian Serama and others American Serama. The term American Serama was coined when the Serama Council of North American (SCNA) set a set of standards for American breeders to use. There thought was to choose one and stick with it. In Malaysia the Serama have taken off and many different standards exist including Slim, Apple, Ball, Dragon, and more. In any light the Serama claims it's rank as the lightest chicken in the world with it's small stature. Their tiny eggs can take up to 5 eggs to match a standard chicken egg.

Serama are not an easy chicken to raise. They do not have set colors and can vary from light to very dark and white to black. Much breeding is needed to gain control over the colors produced. Their eggs do not travel well for hatching and it is best if possible to find local eggs instead of shipped eggs if you intend to hatch them. Even when they can safely be shipped most cases you will see very low hatch rates. Even for breeders with their own artificially hatched eggs they many see a 60% sucess. When shipping them very careful packaging should be used and buyers should be aware that the hatch rate will be low. The eggs take 21 days to hatch while some breeders do see 19 day hatches.

Breeding Serama takes dedication and a love for the breed. A hen will lay and egg every other day in most cases. The smaller the Serama, though desirable in the breed, the less potential they have for being used in breeding stock. Though the small size is greatly sought after many breeders use class "B" birds for reproduction. Class "A" birds are hard if not impossible to get chicks from.

 

American Bantam Association (ABA) post their ideal Serama at:

16oz for Roosters +/- 20%

14oz for Hens +/- 20%

 

Serama Council of North American (SCNA)

Rooster             Hens

AA (MICRO) Under 9 oz             AA (MICRO) Under 8 oz

A 9.1 oz to 13oz             A 8.1 oz to 12 oz

B 13.1 oz to 16 oz             B 12.1 oz to 15 oz

C 16.1 to 19 oz                 C 15.1 oz to 17 oz

D 19.1 and up                 D 17.1 and up

 

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