Chicken Breed Focus - Serama

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    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 seramas.


    Details:

    Breed Purpose Ornamental
    Comb Single
    Broodiness Frequent
    Climate Tolerance Heat
    Egg Productivity Low
    Egg Size Small
    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 Bantam


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    BYC Breed Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/serama

    BYC Breed Discussions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/415294/american-serama-thread/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/615865/traditional-serama/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/622175/silkied-serama/0_30


    Do you own Seramas? Are you a Serama breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Can I just say it....ADORABLE!!!!

    Would love to have a bantam coop someday.
     
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  3. shahtir101

    shahtir101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is great to see that seramas are becoming well known! They are the best birds!
     
  4. prizepete

    prizepete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you guys want to get seramas, I would Find out if there is a local Table top show, and Find breeders there. Everyone is really welcoming and loves to answer questions!
     
  5. Brookhavens

    Brookhavens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So much personality in a little package.
     
  6. PerfectPlumage

    PerfectPlumage Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a serama! Loved her and really want more. She was treated like a princess, getting cherries and fruit as snacks and her own, private spot in the coop to sleep in. But then a eagle ate her.


    'Nuff said.
     
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  7. prizepete

    prizepete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry about that!
     
  8. shahtir101

    shahtir101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some of my seramas!
     
  9. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Go Habs Go Premium Member

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    Ohhh my! Seramas are SO adorable, but I don't need more chickens... (Yeah right)

    Hmmmmm..... I think I can make room for a few..... [​IMG]
    -Banti
     
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  10. shahtir101

    shahtir101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seramas are like half the size of bantams! No one will notice!
     

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