Parts of the information below were copied and pasted from www.backyardchickens.com breeds index. The photos are of our birds.
Chicken Breed Info:
General Egg Info:
Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
Breed Colors / Varieties:
This breed is not standardized yet. The Serama Council of North America is working towards ABA and APA acceptance of the white serama first. The currently recognized colors of the SCNA are White, Blue, Wheaton, Black-Breasted Red, Black, and Black-Tail Buff. These should be recognized by the ABA and APA after the white serama. A popular variety of the serama is the silkied serama. They are accepted at SCNA sanctioned shows.
Chicken Breed History:
Seramas were developed in Malaysia using many different breeds including Japenese (Chabo) Much work has been done in their development by Mr. Wee Yean Ean of Malaysia. In Malaysia, Serama specialty shows are held every weekend with as many as 400 entries. The Serama is a new breed and has been created within the last 15 years. In 2000, Mr. Jerry Schexnayder imported 135 Seramas. A much smaller import was made by K.J. Theodore previously, but Mr. Schexnayders import was the only one that had enough genetic diversity to sustain development. In 2004, the Serama Council of North America (SCNA) was founded.
Chicken Breed Comments / Experience:
Seramas are the smallest breed of chicken in the world. They only need a small cage because they are so tiny. One of the things Seramas are bred for is temperament. They are very personable and enjoy human attention. Most are not very cold hardy and do need protection from the cold. Their feed requirements are no different from any other chicken besides the fact that they need less. It takes 5 average Serama eggs to equal 1 Grade AA Large egg.Most Serama eggs take 19 days to hatch, two days less than a normal chicken egg. Seramas do not breed true to color. There are over 2500 documented Serama colors in Maylasia. Seramas Should have vertical tails and wings, backs short to the point of looking like they are not there, and a very large chest.