About the Serama Chicken

The Serama are characterized by their upright posture, full breast, vertical tail feathers held upright and tight up to the body and vertical wings held down nearly touching the ground.

They are the smallest breed of chicken in the world. Typically under 500g,  however, 450 grams, and under 350g are preferable. This breed was developed in the Malaysian state of Kelantan, it is thought, from crossing Japanese bantams and local Malaysian bantams.

The Serama is promoted by a couple organizations in the U.S. One is known as the the American Serama Association and Serama Council of North America.
The American Serama as put forth by the Serama Council of North America has now gained acceptance by the American Poultry Association and the American Bantam Association as of April 2011.

Resources
ASA  Color Standards
New! Hatching Eggs  My Pet Chicken
American Serama Association  Breeders Listings

Pros: Intelligent, very small & easy to tame. Cons: May need extra care as chicks, good flyers, tiny eggs

 

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Bedtime Snack Before Bed

Every day at dusk the girls wait for me to bring them a snack before they retire to their hen house for the night. Hard to see them, but you’re not missing much, they’re all *molting and look a little rough around the edges!

This is their first molt, perfect timing too, they should all be feathered just in time for the winter months.

Silkie Coop 9-23-14

Silkie Coop 2  9-23-14

Unfortunately, with all the commotion from the storm damage, rebuilding the barn and moving the flocks so many times, it looks like I’ll miss my breeding season.  I counted on four Silkie hens to be broody right now… and they aren’t.  The transition has been stressful and they must not feel settled enough to get back in the swing of things.

I’m already looking for specific bantam chicks locally, so far no luck, and the online hatcheries are all sold out of the hard to find breeds I’m looking for.  I still have a month though, haven’t given up yet.

This Year’s Chick Wish List

Serama
Japanese Bantam
Mille Fleur d’Uccle Bantam

 

*Molt: Each year chickens molt, or lose the older feathers, and grow new ones.