Chicken Breeds : ‘Serama’

Keeping Seramas in the USA

This photo is of Serama eggs from  ‘Henrietta’ who belongs to  Keeping Chickens Newsletter ( subscriber Carolyn Bush and shows just how small Serama eggs are.

Carolyn first discovered the Serama whilst surfing the web “On a whim, I contacted the premier breeder in the US to ask whether he thought I might physically be able to keep such a small chicken (in Malaysia, where the breed originated, they are the most popular of all pets, only eat about a pound of feed a month, and can even be kept in the house). He thought that the Serama, being so small and with a personality much like a puppy, would make a good pet for me. So I was considering ordering two hens (roosters are not allowed in the city) next spring after having an outdoor coop built. Well, to my complete shock, I received a call from the post office in June saying they had ‘live birds’ for me!! The breeder evidently was thinning out his flock and decided, without informing me, to send me two pet quality, 5 month old hens (see below). I think they are just adorable (what owner doesn’t think that about their pets); and they are both very sweet and calm. As you can tell, I’m already hooked.

Henrietta is the black one, and Wilomena is the red one who is named after the chicken instructor’s cute bantam. They lived for three months in a large hamster/guinea pig cage in the house, but have now moved outside to their ‘Archipenko coop’, designed by my architect neighbor.”

Serama Rooster Crowing

Here is a short video of a Serama rooster’s little crow in response to a much louder ‘full size’ crow in the distance.

Serama Chickens as House Pets

Did you know?

In Malaysia, Seramas are more popular as a household pet than dogs or cats.

Serama Eggs

Apart from their size there are a few other notable differences between Seramas and other ‘normal’ sized chickens; for example the incubation period of the eggs is a couple of days less (at around 19) and when hatched there can be a randomness in colours and size that you would not expect from other breeds – even within a clutch from the same parents. It takes approximately 5 Serama eggs to equal the volume of one Grade ‘A’ Large egg.

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Seramas are known as the smallest chickens in the world. Their compact size and quieter rooster crow makes them particularly attractive to urban chicken keepers. The Serama originated from Malaysia and is a relatively new breed to other countries (but growing fast in popularity). In fact it is such a new ‘breed’ that there has not yet been a standard agreed for it although general traits are being promoted such as friendly and confident – they are a little chicken with a big personality!

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