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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by miss heny, Oct 30, 2010.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001CS2RTQ/?tag=backy-20 I use this for my Seramas.
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.
That's a beautiful run! If I had something like that, I'd be in there all the time playing with my chickens.
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.
My chicks are 1 week old today! So far all 11 are doing well. (I just could get a good pic of all 11.
OMG they are all white!
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!
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
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.)
We made feeders out of pvc pipe and elbows for our LF. Can you show me what you did for seramas?
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.
After cutting, only the middle is used
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.)
For both the water & feed, we use coat hanger wire to make a handle. Then we can use clips to hang at any height.