Seramas can't take the cold - Fact or Fiction?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by racuda, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that these birds are of tropical descent and can not be exposed to freezing temperatures. I have also read that they will acclimate to colder temperatures.

    Last winter our coldest temp was 8 degrees Fahrenheit one night, and normally in the teens for a few nights a year.

    I don't believe in providing supplemental heat. Can I keep seramas?
     
  2. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    It really depends on where you got them. I got mine from Louisiana and they can't take it. Neither can their chicks. I think that 8 F is much too cold even if they are more cold hardy than mine. It isn't just that they are from the tropics, I believe it has to do with their body size.
     
  3. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Mine did just fine in N. Texas, where we sometimes got into the 20's. I just block the wind from their coop with a tarp.
     
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    As with PouletsDeCajun, the weather is similar here in SE Oklahoma. My Serama have survived just fine with the wind blocked and shelter from the rain. I have mostly silkie feathered serama.
     
  5. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think I'll chance it then. Thanks for the replies. I think I'll go to plan "B" which is to go with Dutch Bantams or OEGB.
     
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    You should be fine in NC... it doesn't get THAT cold there does it?
     
  7. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I just looked up the official weather data for my part of the state. The average low in January is 30 F and the average January high is 48 F. So its not THAT cold. Its the occasional single digit temp that scares me.

    I really do want seramas, but I don't want to jeopardize their well being.
     
  8. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    You wouldn't be jeopardizing anything. I have a friend whose parents have Seramas in Nebraska, outside, and they are fine. If you are THAT concerned, and want them THAT bad, then get some and put a heat lamp out for those exceptionally cold nights that happen every once in a blue moon.
     
  9. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    Quote:30 should be fine as long as they are dry and out of the wind. If it does get really could, you can always have a heat lamp as backup. [​IMG]
     
  10. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    Mine are in KY and we had quite a few single digits this year.
    Most of the Seramas were in a big concrete building (not drafty or wet) with a big run on the back. Since I was not breeding, I put them all (fully feathered) in there together so that they could stay warm. I kept the back door to the run shut on the really cold days and let them hang out indoors with some corn as a treat. Thank God Seramas don't take up that much room. They are all sweeties and got along well..but I had about 30 roos and hens in there.
    They are all from KY stock, and although fully feathered, most of these guys were 5-7 months old.
    I just had to watch the roo's combs and bring them in for the night in an indoor little rabbit hutch if any started looking frostbitten, but I put them back out the next day.
    If you are not planning on keeping a bunch through winter, and you have a way to bring some in on exceptionally cold nights, I say GO FOR IT! Seramas are too little and sweet to miss out on!
     

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