The Malaysian Serama
For those of you who are not aware, Newcastle virus has been rampant in the Inland Empire, prompting a quarantine of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Nearly 100% of poultry sales are currently illegal and violators face up to a $20,000.00 dollar fine (in addition to spreading this virus). Millions of "backyard" chickens have been euthanized. The good news is that the last known case was on June 4th, 2019 and the countdown is on for the lifting of the quarantine (early October is the projected date as of now). Thankfully all of our birds are extremely healthy. Hopefully we will be able to resume hatchings soon.
The Malaysian Serama is the smallest and lightest chicken in the world, and is highly prized as living works of art. The weight range for class "A" cocks is under 13 ounces and under 12 ounces for the hens. In class "B" cocks should be under 15 ounces and hens under 15 ounces. These chickens originated in Kelantan, Malaysia as the result of selective cross breeding of several breeds of bantams. Their chesty, regal and confident bearing is a joy to behold and they have been described as the Arnold Schwartzen-eggers and Dolly Partons of the bantam kingdom.
Serama chickens are inexpensive to rear as they consume only about one pound of feed per month, eating regular chicken crumbles. A little grain (red wheat) may be fed weekly as a treat. The hens make great moms, laying, hatching and caring for baby chicks. Incubation period for eggs is 19-20 days. These birds 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 one or two to be very small, two or three to be rather large and the remainder to be within the normal size range. They are year-round layers and have no particular laying season, although peak fertility and egg production occurs from November to February.
Serama chickens make beautiful pets and companions. Their small size requires very little space and a pair or trio can comfortably be caged in a 24″ by 18″ enclosure. They make great companions while gardening and enjoying the mornings/evenings on the porch. Their regal appearance and natural beauty adds to the splendor of any garden or home.