Why do Seramas "pose"?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by The Chicken Lady, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    I've been watching YouTube videos of Seramas, and all of them seem to do this really uncomfortable-looking "pose." Why do they do that?
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    Because they are too sexy for their feathers and they KNOW it!
  3. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    That's their natural stance...their frames are built that way. They were bred to have a very upright, vertical stance with a pronounced breast like a pigeon. I have seen photos of some extremes, though. I don't think it's very benificial to the breed when the bird's head is set so far back behind the breast that it can't see where to walk. IMO, that's just overkill and not very attractive.

    My little roo likes to parade around when I come to the cage. He literally will try to walk on his tippy-toes. None of my other roosters, bantam or standard, do that.
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop

    You crack me up! But it's true!!
  5. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Those quick little things always like to be on their toes. [​IMG]
  6. The Poultry Peanut

    The Poultry Peanut lives under rock

    Quote:"I'm too sexy for my feathers too sexy for my feathers...." I can sooo see them doing that!
  7. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    Like this?
    (This picture is from Diane Brewer of Paradise Seramas.)

    A lot of the times on You Tube, you see the birds from Malaysia that are the extreme. They call it the "Dragon" type. They have tried to create a less extreme type in the US that is our very own and a version of the slim/apple types.

    Here is some great info from: http://backyardchickens.com/?p=40

    those unfamiliar with Malaysian Ayam Serama types, the following is a brief description of each of the types mentioned: Slim is a relatively tall, slender bird with a very small breast. This type looks as though it could fit into a cylinder without problem. Ball are quite round in appearance. The legs are short and the wings are not held at vertical, but closer to 45 degrees or less, due to wing and leg length. The breast is as large as it can be given the anatomy of the bird. Apple isn’t as intuitive. The breast on the Apple Serama is a bit lower and larger and the legs on this type are medium in length. Dragons are the “extreme” Serama. Their head is held so far back that, on some individuals, the breast is actually held higher than the head. Wings are held vertically, and legs tend to be medium to short in length."
    "Upon its inception in 2002, the Serama Council of North America (SCNA) created a standard to which breeders within the organization would breed their birds. This is where the terminology American Serama came in. American Serama does not refer to Serama from America, but Serama of American type. The founders of SCNA wrote the standard to be a combination of two types, those being the Apple and the Slim types. Since references like Slim Apple Serama would invoke further confusion, we at SCNA felt it appropriate to refer to this type as the American Serama, as it was a type developed here in the U.S."

    If you want to see more pics and info about Dragon Types, look here:http://jerrysseramasllc.com/scnaforums/index.php?showtopic=538&hl=dragon+pose
  8. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    Also...the idea is that you are suppose to teach your birds to pose by building confidence as young birds .......... and caressing them under the neck..thats how I do it anyway. [​IMG]
    I have noticed on You Tube, the birds is strutting at attention in pose..and then for like one second seems to get ready to relax and lower his head and then there is a small noise like "shht" and the serama looks up and snaps back into pose strutting around. I assume that someone has really trained that bird..thats not fact, just opinion, but I hope it helps!

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