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  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    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.
    Breed Size:

    The Serama breed originated in Malaysia, apparently through the crossing of Japanese and Malaysian bantams. The modern breed is attributed to the efforts of Wee Yean Een from Kelantan, who named the breed "Serama" after Rama, the title of the Kings of Thailand. There are no written standards for the breed in its native country, though they do have an overall guide on scoring and judging for competitions in Malaysia. Many breeders have a style or type that they breed to, but breeders often keep several "styles". Hence there is quite a lot of diversity in Malaysia.

    In the USA, the Serama breed is promoted by a couple organisations, the The American serama association (ASA) and the Serama Council of North America (SCNA). This council helped to introduce the Serama to North America in various National Poultry shows. In the spring of 2004 a Serama only-show, known as the Cajun Classic, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana was held. The "American Serama" as put forth by the Serama Council of North America has gained acceptance by the APA and the American Bantam Association, as of April 2011. In early 2012, another group known as the American Serama Association was formed to help gain APA and ABA acceptance of more varieties of Serama.

    In the UK, Seramas were initially imported in 2004. Birds were imported from both the US and directly from Malaysia. In 2005, a small group of Serama owners and enthusiast decided to form the "Serama Club of Great Britain", the first Serama club in the UK. They went on to established the standard for the Serama breed for the UK. Seramas are still relatively rare and expensive in much of mainland Europe, with the Netherlands probably having the largest number of Seramas outside the UK. Most of the stock in the Netherlands are descendent from birds/eggs imported from America and from the UK.

    In France and other European countries they are increasing in popularity with 4 classes of serums.

    Serama eggs

    Serama chick

    Serama hen

    Serama rooster

    To learn more about this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: Heat

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Small
    Egg Color: All colors

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile, strong flier

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    This breed is not standardized yet. The Serama Council of North America has acheived ABA and APA acceptance of the white serama . The currently recognized colors of the SCNA are all colors. 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.
    Breed Details:
    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. Some eggs from very small parent birds have been documented to have hatched at fifteen days. 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.








Recent User Reviews

  1. FarmerGirl101
    "Great friends"
    Pros - Goes Broody easily
    Great Personality
    Quiet crows
    Small eggs (Could be a con but they are great for gifts as people are so fascinated about them)
    Cons - Bad layers
    Gets mites often
    Gets worms often too
    I have a little gal who is so sweet. She came from a home who didn't pay too close attention to the birds so she was labeled as shy and skittish. As I worked with her I learned how sweet she was and she had a big personality. The roosters are super sweet and I love their colouring. My favourite was a Serama Frizzle who was very pretty. Overall I highly recommend these birds for those who want not many eggs and for a city house!
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  2. Compost King
    "Great tiny Bird"
    Pros - Eat very little
    Cons - Not good at evading predators
    They are exactly as people say they are. Unique tiny chickens who belong in a cage. I have one Cockerel with no female to be caged with so I am attempting to get him into a free range flock and so far he just sticks close to the coop and more time at the feeder than others his age. He had a few stand offs with other Cockerels and held his own.
    Egg - Static likes this.
  3. Millie and May’s Place
    "Great birds... sort of"
    Pros - Fantastic temperaments
    Lovely appearance
    Cons - Bad health
    Prone to heart disease
    Basically just an aperitif for predators
    Occasionally you get one so aggressive that they have to be put down
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User Comments

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  1. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    Stop killing the breed.
    Stop creating silly standards for the accepted colors.
    Seramas don't breed true in color.
    There is no need to breed true in color.
    Size, temperament, body shape make the serama.
  2. ziggy33021
    New at have Serama and someone hatching eggs how much would i charge for a dozen?
      Hybridchucks likes this.
  3. MysticChocobo
    They're... so.... TINY. OMG
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  4. Abriana
    Beautiful rooster!
      Hybridchucks and The Angry Hen like this.
  5. Abriana
    Beautiful rooster!
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  6. Hybridchucks
    They look beautiful!
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  7. RebekahTN
    I have been doing some research as I am interested in breeding these for my 5 year old. She LOVES the babies, but as we all know they grow up way to fast. She gravitates toward the runts. She holds, plays with, brings in the house to watch tv and cuddle all of her babies at different times but still prefers the little ones. I thought these might be ideal because they would stay little. (We do have different bantam and standard breeds).
    The lethal gene your breeder is referring to is for short legs.
    What I have found is that if you breed a short let and long leg serama together 1/4 th will die in the shell from the lethal gene, 1/4 th will have carry the short leg gene and 1/2 will be long leg.
    The lethal gene would not be what is causing already born chicks to die from the defect...
  8. PerfectPlumage
    I love seramas! I had one named Chai Latte that was the sweetest, most energy filled little thing. She was older then all my other hens but only 7 inches tall! FULL GROWN! So tiny! When she was a chick she was sooooooooo incredibly tiny.
  9. SportTees
    I hatched one from some tester eggs a few years ago. It is still the only house bird I've ever had! They are great birds I wish I still had a few but I can't find any locally.
  10. chickenchick12
    I want one SO bad! They seem like such great birds and when I get my own house someday I will definitely get some.

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