How cold hardy are seramas?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Zaxby's2, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not planning on getting seramas but I would just like to know, would they be okay where I live? We have a decent sized coop that we keep the door open during the summer so that the air will circulate, but have it closed in the winter. I live in NE Georgia so it gets really hot during the summer(around 100 degrees on hot days) but in the winter time it gets fairly cold(rarely getting into the teens but it does happen) so I was wondering would I need a heat source for the coop? It snows a couple times a year and I wanted to know if this would be a problem. What could I use to heat the coop? Here's a picture of it:
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    Notice the door is open because it's so hot. Is this okay? I just thought it would be unbearable for the door to be closed and have no air to circulate when it's hot. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. GotGame

    GotGame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have seramas, and it has been up to 108 so far this summer, and it was 0 degrees this winter, with a windchill of -25, and we didnt lose a single one. Just keep them cool and shaded in the summer, and out of the wind in the winter. We do have one silkied hen that is very heavily feathered that has had to be brought in due to heat for a day or so, once last year, and once this year.
     
  3. key west chick

    key west chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Hall county. Her are my Seramas. No heat or anything extra and they do fine. [​IMG]
     
  4. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So... is there any other breed I should know about that requires extra heat? What about sebrights?
     
  5. Memphisjourney2seramas

    Memphisjourney2seramas Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    I lost 3 seramas last year when we had a really weird cold front.
     
  6. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what can I do to keep them warm? Hang a light bulb in the coop?
     
  7. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    You could run an outdoor extension cord and put in a shielded red bulb heat lamp. I think I have also seen heat bulbs advertised on line that don't give off light.

    As far as summer ventilation, do you have little ventilation windows cut on the side near the roof to vent rising hot air?
     
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  8. Zaxby's2

    Zaxby's2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
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    scratch'n'peck :

    You could run an outdoor extension cord and put in a shielded red bulb heat lamp. I think I have also seen heat bulbs advertised on line that don't give off light.

    As far as summer ventilation, do you have little ventilation windows cut on the side near the roof to vent rising hot air?

    Thanks! As for ventilation windows I don't have any. [​IMG]
     
  9. smoothmule

    smoothmule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think we can tell you about our experience with our Serama's but I believe it's very individual and you will have some that will not tolerate too cold or too hot. Something to consider is if you do get some, start them outside when it's warm and allow them to acclimate as it cools down. I would want them in a draft free pen and the option to add a light bulb or one of those heat bulbs for reptiles that are ceramic and are not a light so they don't have light 24/7.

    You're in a much better climate for them than I am, SW Missouri. We had 13 below temps this past winter and it can get well over 100 degrees in the summer. I kept mine in the garage, it's heated but not "warm", just enough to keep water from freezing. I was cautious moving them out this spring. It stayed pretty cold for longer than usual so I put a light in the cage.
     
  10. edgarmongold

    edgarmongold Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Zaxby's2 :

    I'm not planning on getting seramas but I would just like to know, would they be okay where I live? We have a decent sized coop that we keep the door open during the summer so that the air will circulate, but have it closed in the winter. I live in NE Georgia so it gets really hot during the summer(around 100 degrees on hot days) but in the winter time it gets fairly cold(rarely getting into the teens but it does happen) so I was wondering would I need a heat source for the coop? It snows a couple times a year and I wanted to know if this would be a problem. What could I use to heat the coop? Here's a picture of it:
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    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/86025_042.jpg
    Notice the door is open because it's so hot. Is this okay? I just thought it would be unbearable for the door to be closed and have no air to circulate when it's hot. Thanks! [​IMG]

    I live in central OH and keep mine in an unheated garage.

    I do have to take the waters in to thaw out as it freezes in there in the winter.

    I group them in pairs or trios for warmth and feed corn for body heat.

    Good luck with your Serama.

    PS I maintain 16 oz American Serama no small light 10 oz birds here.​
     

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