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The Malaysian Serama Chicken

Malaysian Serama

 

History

A Stunning True Malaysian Serama

The Malaysian Serama bantam is the smallest breed of chicken in the world, weighing less than 500g. They are only 15-25 centimetres tall and are the result of crossing Japanese bantams with Malaysian bantams. The modern version of this breed was created in the early 1970s by WeeYean Een from Malaysia but the origins of the breed are reputed to date back to the 1600s. They are supposedly named after the Thai king, Raja Sri Rama, who, like these little birds, was renowned for his majestic appearance and proud carriage. There are 3 categories for this breed and they are graded according to their weight with the smallest and most desirable weighing just 350g. They are very upright little birds with a small neat comb. The breast is high and pushed upwards with the wings almost touching the ground, giving the impression that they are standing to attention and the tail is held at 90° so that it almost touches the back of the head.

Behavior

Serama bantams make excellent house pets and are one of the most popular pets in America as they are friendly, confident little birds and love to be with people. The cockerel’s crow is very much quieter than that of a larger breed which makes them an ideal house pet but cockerels shouldn’t be kept together to avoid fighting.

Breeding

Due to inbreeding and crossing with different breeds Serama can prove difficult to breed and some very poor examples of the breed are often seen. In recent years, the arrival of fresh Malaysian bloodlines from better typed birds has seen a huge improvement in examples of Serama in the UK and USA. This fresh blood has also improved vigor in the breed and fertility and hatch rates are often reported at 100%

The incubation period for their eggs is shorter than most other breeds with the eggs hatching after 19-20 days. They come in all colours and don’t breed true to any colour or even size with some chicks being very tiny and others being larger than the parent. They mature at 16-18 weeks and are all year round egg layers. Unusually, they moult continuously and lose a few feathers each day. They come from tropical areas and although they are pretty hardy, they may need to be protected from very cold temperatures. Due to their size, they also cope better with layers mash than pellets. Their eggs range in colour from pure white to dark brown and it takes 5 Serama eggs to equal one large graded egg!

For more information contact The Serama Club of Great Britain

 

 

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