American serama thread!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by miss heny, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Compost King

    Compost King Crowing

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  2. spoiledchickie

    spoiledchickie In the Brooder

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    We use PVC feeders for our silkies run and the big girls run and will do the same in the serama run when it’s done. CAFCCE09-6EA0-4EA1-8FCB-345B66914A80.jpeg
     
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  3. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Free Ranging

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    That's a beautiful run! If I had something like that, I'd be in there all the time playing with my chickens.
     
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  4. spoiledchickie

    spoiledchickie In the Brooder

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    Thank you! It was actually twice the width of this but we split it in half and put the smaller birds on the other side. Now we are doing a third run and coop off the side for the tiny serama chickens. I always worry it’s too small because we don’t free range here but everyone seems happy with it so far.
     
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  5. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Free Ranging

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    My chicks are 1 week old today! So far all 11 are doing well. (I just could get a good pic of all 11.
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  6. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds!

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    OMG they are all white! :love

    My girls are having a helluva time keeping serama chicks alive this year. Seems like every day I go out, I find another dead chick. My broodies have been fabulous over the years, but this year is not going so well. I have eggs in the incubator, I plan to keep the chicks for at least 2-3 days to get them eating and drinking well. Then I should still have plenty of broodies to adopt them. I just don't know what's going on! :he
     
  7. spoiledchickie

    spoiledchickie In the Brooder

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    Thought I’d share my cute babies here. The two older chicks are almost 7 weeks old now. Named Cooper and Smidge. And my younger babies are almost 3 weeks old. I swear there are no sweeter chicks than Seramas 6F20C703-C819-438B-A5AD-BFBFBFB9ACCA.jpeg BA9407C6-A027-4C5D-9948-2A39CC288F27.jpeg 114B10E1-2ADB-4189-BA81-75DB48603DF2.jpeg 22A2D518-26AE-4E18-B7CB-B862D59A0FF5.jpeg
     
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  8. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Free Ranging

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    8 are all white (they should grow up to feather out in Teddy's cream/tan/soft gray colors)
    1 has a faint cream striping but blends in with the whites
    1 has tan striping - a little easier to find (& my favorite)
    1 has the light brown chipmunk look - like Noodle. (also a fav but I think its a male)

    The youngest seramas are with a broody silkie (& many, many chicks) but I have them confined in a big plastic bin in the house. This way if I hear peeping, I can come to the rescue quickly. There are too many for the mama, so she'll need some help for a week or 2. I had 2 broody silkie hens but one just got bored after the eggs hatched & didn't seem to want to be there. I put her back outside & she's happy now. She's our dumbest hen, so who knows what she was thinking. Now the remaining hen has about 30 chicks to care for.

    The 2 older serama chicks outside in the LF coop have to keep up or else. The broody is LF but on the small side. I let them return to the coop at 1.5 weeks & by 2 weeks, the mama took them out to free range. She's pretty protective & keeps them close, but it's still a gamble. They're just so small and could be picked off by a predator. Thankfully, there are plenty of hiding spots for them. The only downside is that they are more skittish & fearful of me. I'd love to hold them, but they act like I'm trying to kill them. (The chicks raised by my docile silkie simply do have this problem.)
     
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  9. CatWhisperer

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    We made feeders out of pvc pipe and elbows for our LF. Can you show me what you did for seramas?
     
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  10. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Free Ranging

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    Here's one my daughter made.


    The elbow can be any size. This is what we use for adult seramas & baby orpingtons. The marker shows where we cut. Using the male end of the elbow, a circle was traced onto the plastic container and cut out with a utility knife.
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    After cutting, only the middle is used IMG_3108.JPG

    It slides into the container. (Tighter is better.) The bit of lip from the female connector works as a stop to prevent the elbow from sliding inside. (This was once a container of nuts with the label removed. Coffee, candies, & other goodies come in nice plastic containers. I have a slight preference for the clear ones.)
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    For both the water & feed, we use coat hanger wire to make a handle. Then we can use clips to hang at any height.
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