Couple questions about seramas

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by IcedMochaChick, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. IcedMochaChick

    IcedMochaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've looked all over and can't find any info on the serama's flying ability. I assume, because of their size, that they are fliers. Will I have to clip their wings when I let them out in the yard?
    Also, when will I be able to tell the sex? They are only two weeks old right now.
    Ok, one more question while I'm at it. How long should I wait to put them outside with the rest of the chickens? We currently have a silkie male and female, an EE hen, and four older silkie/showgirl chicks. The EE and silkie hens love the chicks, but I worry about the rooster.

    Thanks in advance for any info!
     
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  2. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
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    Mine are definately good fliers. They are small and light weight and even when they just run from you they are very, very fast.
     
  3. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    they can fly, mine like to run more then fly, I've learned how to use a large butterfly net, the cotton one not the little kids one. they return 'home' at nightfall like any other chicken.
    I can guess sex at 3-4 weeks, you can treat them like any other banty.
     
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  4. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
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    Mine aren't as good of fliers as my other chickens, but they are still good. I can normally tell at around 3 weeks.
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Dont put them with the older chickens till 4-5 monmths when they have had time to build up their immune systems. That would be the same with any breed.
     
  6. IcedMochaChick

    IcedMochaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, thanks everyone! [​IMG]
     
  7. Jeff9118

    Jeff9118 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious why you would want to clip thier wings. Are you afraid they will fly away like a pheasant or quail or somthing? I have a pair that I let out often and would never dream of clipping thier wings. The ability to fly can often be a good thing. For example, say a neighbors or even a stray dog decided to eat them. They would probally fend alot better if they could fly up on the hen house or a tree then running and screaming through the yard. Just something to think about. Mine always go back in to roost before dark.[​IMG]
     
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  8. KellyandKatie

    KellyandKatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yeah, they can fly!
    I do nt clip my seramas wings, its part of their essance:D
    but oh yeah- 30 feet up in a tree went my roo one time
    they have a good temperment though- they are not as flighty and nutty as other breeds- that seabright I have- gesh- you look at it weird and it takes off freaking out
    these guys are not really like taht
    but... if I am over on one side of a place, they will just fly over to roost on my shoulder- they have really good flight I think
     
  9. IcedMochaChick

    IcedMochaChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just worry about them getting loose in the neighborhood, as we're in the city. We'll have the privacy fence in, so I don't have to worry about dogs getting in the yard. If they got out of the yard, then I'd have a lot to worry about! They should stay with the other chickens though, shouldn't they? None of the chickens will be loose in the yard unless we're out there with them. I've seen too many hawks around to leave them alone.
     
  10. KellyandKatie

    KellyandKatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am in town too- shhhh dont tell- [​IMG]
    Mine are not free range, I let them out when we are out in the yard only too
     

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