Are You Serama Saavy???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sir Birdaholic, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I have been raising chickens,turkeys,& pheasants for a very long time now,but I have never raised Seramas'. I am inheriting a flock very soon & I will appreciate any info on raising them. I have read that they can't tolerate temperatures below 40. Anything else I should know?[​IMG]

  2. High Roost Ranch

    High Roost Ranch The Chicken Whisperer

    That's misinformation about what they handle for temps. Acclimation is the key. They are a smaller bird so they won't be able to continuously do temps 20 or below for extended periods but I've had it get down to 17 above overnight several times and all mine have been fine with just a wind break. And that's without acclimation, and most of my birds are small (only a couple C's, most are A/B).

    They eat about 1/2 of what a normal bantam will eat in a day. They're small so you can fit more into a space. Can be easily housed in breeding cages as pairs. Are friendly, very personable. Most cocks will not fight continuously after an initial battle, I have several that are housed together. Occasionally one will be an outcast or too aggressive but that is rare. Their crow is much quieter than the average bantam generally. Some you can hardly hear crow, on a select few you wonder how they belt out that loud noise out of a little body. Hens make good broodies and will often set their own eggs if allowed to do so. They can really fly high and long distances. They can free range with large fowl if allowed enough room and hidey holes to get away from aggressive birds.

    What else can I say about them other than they are a great little bird. In nearly 7 years, I've tried and abandoned several different bantam breeds, but the Seramas will always have their permanent place here with me. They are truly a bantam like no other.

    When starting chicks, the biggest issue is finding a crumble small enough for their tiny size. They hatch out not much larger than a quail chick, so in the beginning, I like to use a gamebird starter and no-drown waterer designed for quail. Or, you may have to grind your crumble just a bit smaller in the first couple of weeks of their life.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2009
  3. tn.lou

    tn.lou In the Brooder

    May 18, 2008
    I put my chick starter in the blender and grind it in small amounts to keep it fresh.It also works on scratch and pellets for young birds
  4. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX
    I used my little black and decker food chopper to do mine. Worked perfectly and the chicks did wonderfully.
  5. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Hahira, GA
    I agree on the cold issue. I have never had any trouble with mine down in the teens. I wouldnt put them out in -20 but teens to 20's wont hurt over night.
    They also incubate best about a 1/2 degree hotter than normal. I dont have the luxury of a serama specific incubator though, so I still run them at 99.5 with the others and still do alright on them.
    A side from that, they really arent much different than any other bantam
    Good luck with them

  6. racuda

    racuda Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    North Carolina
    BluegrassSeramas is Serama Savvy. It says so under her name. [​IMG]
  7. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA

    Mine can't handle below 35 temperatures, but they aren't very acclimated. Yet.

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