- 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.
To learn more about this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-serama.1110870/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Climate Tolerance: Heat
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: All colors
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.
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
Pros - Goes Broody easily
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!
"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.