Whilst we breed and sell many types of chickens we have a special affection here for the smallest breed of chicken in the world - the Serama mini chicken.

These tiny little birds make great pets and are perfect for small gardens or those starting out with chickens.  Virtually everyone who visits us always asks what the gorgeous tiny chicks are running around - we explain they are not chicks but fully grown adult Serama's.

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Some interesting facts about Serama's

* The first Serama only arrived in the UK in 2004.

* Native to Malaysia, Serama are popular housepets in their home country.

* Serama's should weigh a maximum of 450g for a femaie and 500g for a male - and ideally much less.

* Seramas are a true bantam (which means they have no large fowl counterpart) & are the smallest breed of chicken in the world, true micro chickens.

* They were only standardised by the Poultry Club of Great Britain in 2008.

* There are no standard colours and they don't breed true i.e. if you breed from 2 x black Serama's you will get a variety of colours.

* They are available in the usual straight feather, Silkied feather (furry rather than feathery) and the much rarer frizzle feathered.

* They make fantastic pets as they need minimal space, do little damage to gardens are a cost effective way of starting with chickens.

* They are ideal for those starting with chickens as they are friendly and easy to handle, and being so small are easy to pick up.

 

CARING FOR SERAMA

Whilst Serama’s are just miniature chickens with exactly the same needs as a full sized hen, due to their tropical Malaysian roots they do need a little extra care. Serama’s cannot generally be kept with full sized hens, they would be bullied and they have different housing needs to our native chickens.

FEEDING

It is a good idea to feed either layers mash or a small 2mm bantam layers pellet &  fine grit and oyster shell.

 

HOUSING

During the warm weather Serama will be quite happy outside in a standard type chicken house and run if protected from the rain and direct sun.  They love the warmth and seem much happier in the hot weather but do still need access to shade.

They do well in large rabbit hutches, just put in a perch for them to sleep on.  They enjoy access to the outdoors and grass.

Due to their small size they are more at risk from predators.  Ensure your run is covered to stop birds of prey or crows taking them.  Rats, cats and the normal chicken predators can also be an issue, so ensure they are well protected.

Most Serama’s do love to perch so always provide them with a roosting bar up off the ground - A broom handle cut to size is ideal.  Ensure the surfaces are curved to prevent damage to feet.

Most Serama's can happily live outdoors in a sheltered spot all year round but we find that some birds don't seem to be quite as hardy, and during the winter or very cold weather it can be an idea to bring those birds into a warmer, protected area.  If you can move their house into a shed/greenhouse/outbuilding they will be much warmer.  Ensure they are always dry and never in a direct draught.  

Some Serama's seem to cope being outside all year round, but some will not cope living outdoors in the very cold, wet weather.  We find that if groups of birds are gradually hardened off and left outdoors all the time they generally cope well, so when you buy your birds, ask how they have been kept.  If you are buying them during cold weather, and they have been indoor raised, then putting them straight outside without slowly hardening them off would not work. Just watch them and be guided by their behaviour.  If they are huddled up looking miserable most of the time then they are probably too cold.

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HEALTH

 All the normal health issues that can affect large chickens can apply to Serama’s, although personally I have found mine very disease resistant if kept clean and warm.

Keep a close eye out for red mite - due to the Serama’s small size they can quickly kill.

Watch out for lice and mites if your Serama don’t have access to the outdoors, they won’t be able to dustbath in the garden so it is a good idea to supply a dustbath.  For my indoor kept Serama I put a cupful of diatomaceous earth in the freshly changed bedding every week or two - they usually go mad dust bathing, they will spread the powder around the cage which will also help keep red mite at bay.

The biggest cause of health issues with Serama as well as larger chickens, is the cold/damp.  They will not do well in damp or cold environments.  Serama's come from a hot, tropical climate so ensure they are always dry and out of the rain and draughts.

Worm them as you would a normal chicken, especially if they have access to outdoors where they will be more likely to pick up a worm burden.  Flubenvet is the only licensed wormer.

If your Serama are kept indoors (or don’t free range) you may find their beaks and claws become slightly overgrown.  Clip them a mm at a time noting where the blood starts and being careful not to cut too close to it.  Alternatively you can file the beak and nail down a little at a time with a nail file.

 

TIPS

Serama’s favourite things are:  1. Warmth  2. Nice things to eat  3.Human attention.

If your Serama’s haven’t been handled much, offer them treats by hand a couple of times a day.  Within a few days they should be eating out of your hand and you can gradually handle them and gain their confidence.  Like all animals, some will be exceptionally friendly and others may always be shy - don’t try to force them, accept their individual personalities and never handle them roughly.

Serama are not famed for their egg production.  Some are better layers, but please don’t expect an egg every day, some may only lay you an egg every month if you are lucky!

If you get Serama's it is well worth joining the Serama Club GB.  They can put you in touch with local breeders in your area and they also have a great Facebook page for members where you can ask all the questions you need.

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My story with Serama's

I was introduced to Serama's by a similarly chicken mad friend, who had a sweet little trio running around her kitchen floor when I went over for coffee.  We both became hooked and we have since travelled across the UK and Europe to satisfy our Serama addiction.  I started in early 2012 with some hatching eggs from ebay, a risky thing to do but it was not easy to locate Serama's when we started and there were only a handful of breeders.  I had mixed results - some produced great little chicks and others were definitely not even Serama's, but feather legged bantams.

Some hard work from my friend found us some better breeding birds, the only problem being they were located in Scotland and London.  Meeting up at the big poultry shows we managed to get some starter birds to do some breeding with.  By this time I was totally hooked - not only is the tiny size very appealing, the Serama have what is called 'attitude' and this describes their personality perfectly.  They run around like ankle high little soldiers and the tamer ones fly up and sit on me for attention - I have never known a chicken actively enjoy being handled, most will tolerate it for food but Serama's seem to love being held and admired.

In the time since I have learned so much, and have been taken aback by how helpful and friendly everyone in the Serama showing world has been.  Using the social media power of Facebook we discovered a local breeder (who also happens to be a Serama judge) who has given up much time to help and advise us, other breeders in Wales, Scotland and London and Belgium have helped us with birds to expand our hobby.

The other very appealing thing I have found with my Serama is the small amount of space needed to keep them.  Whilst I always advocate free range or large runs for all the other poultry I sell, the Serama seem genuinley content with less space which is another appeal for those with limited space to keep chickens.

I started showing my Serama's in 2015 and have found it fascinating and very addictive, I would definitely recommend anyone to have a go at showing chickens - it has opened up a whole new world for me and changed how I view all my birds.

I am now focusing on improving the birds I have, to produce healthy, strong birds that meet the Serama standards which is a very long, but enjoyable process. A few recent trips to Belgium has resulted in some stunning new bloodlines and I will be using these new bloodlines to improve the birds I have here in 2016.

 

OPENING HOURS

Week commencing
16th October 2017

Our opening hours are updated weekly, but we are not a standard 'shop' & we are closed Sunday - Tuesday to enable us to breed, clean & care for all the birds and the farm, as well as have a few hours off!

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 10 - 5pm
Thursday: 10 - 5pm
 Friday: 10 - 5pm
Saturday: 10 - 3pm
Sunday's: CLOSED

 

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Newland Grange,
Stocks Lane, Newland
Malvern, Worcestershire
WR13 5AZ