The Serama is a new breed of bantam, having been developed within the past 15 years.
The complete ancestry of the SERAMA is uncertain. However, it is believed the Red Jungle Fowl, the Common Malaysian Village Bantam, (a hodge’ podge’ of many breeds), and the Japanese Bantam contributed. There is also a school of thought which believes the Silkie, played a roll along with a few other ‘secret’ genes.
The downsizing of the Serama is still on going with a few specimens coming in at 6ozs for cocks and 5ozs for hens as current breeding methods continue.
Serama mature at 16-18 weeks.
Incubation period for Serama eggs is 19-20 days.
The Serama carry a ‘diluted’ lethal gene (Japanese Bantam Ancestry), which means 1 to 2 percent of embryos will develop fully but fail to hatch or the chick will die within 24 hours of hatching.
Serama are not color bred, nor do they breed true to any one color. It is not uncommon to hatch as many different colored chicks as there are eggs that hatch.
Serama do not breed true to size. Out of a clutch of 10 chicks, one can expect 1 or 2 to be very small, 2 or 3 to be rather large and the remainder to be within the normal size range for serama.
The color of Serama eggs range from the purest white to the deepest brown, with dozens of shades in between.
Serama make excellent house pets. The crow of the cock is one third the volume of a regular chicken.
It takes approx. 5 Serama eggs to equal the volume of one Grade ‘A’ Large egg.
Serama are year round layers and have no particular laying season. Although, peak fertility and egg production occurs during the months of November, December January and February.
Serama are in a continuous molt, dropping a few feathers each day.
Serama are tropical birds and need to be protected from cold temperatures.
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