The worlds smallest Chicken
We here at Alchemist Farm believe that there is a breed of chicken for everyone! We have done hours of research to bring you all a line of up of chickens that are rare, unique, and functional. What purpose could the worlds smallest chicken possibly serve? Why, the best small backyard pet of course!
Here is our little army of Seramas free ranging with a juvenile rhode island red
Serama hail from malaysia where they were kept in small pens inside a families kitchen providing them with eggs and company. Serama feel most comfortable when given a safe enclosure and should only be let out to free range in the garden when humans are near to protect them from hawks. We allow ours to free range near a thicket of blackberry bushes. If they are brave you will see them roaming the field (or even coming up to the back door!) if they are alarmed by the sound of a hawk they run into the bushes for safe cover.
Seramas come in a few different “classes” the smallest is a micro, then it is:
-Class A, up to 13 ounces
-Class B, up to 16 ounces
-Class C, up to 19 ounces
-Class A, up to 12 ounces
-Class B, up to 15 ounces
-Class C, up to 17 ounces
Our Serama here are all B class, we purposely keep and breed this class because they lay eggs easily and are sturdy. Micro class can have a hard time laying eggs and occasionally A class can run into some issues. B class birds can produce A or C class and on a rare occasion a micro serama.
They lay eggs bigger than that of quail and will give roughly 180 a year. They do not eat much or make a large mess – they are low maintenance and the perfect bird for a small urban backyard. They love slugs and are too small to take down any veggie plants which makes them excellent gardening companions.
Not all Serama roosters crow, but if they do it is the smallest and most ernest sound you will hear. Both females and males are curious, sweet and never peck at hands.
Chicks are about 1/3 the size of a regular chick. Here are two three day old chicks next to each other for comparison. On the left we have the French Black Copper Marans and on the right is the Serama.
Feeding and caring for Seramas is the same as with any other chicken with the exception of perhaps a heat lamp at night if it gets very cold where you are.
We like to keep ours in a little tractor enclosure which is actually a little rabbit hutch which we added an interior door that locks for predator protection. The small size of the tractor makes it easy to move them about the yard if not free ranging them.
Like any chicken, they like to nest in some sort of a three sided enclosure so they feel safe. We found an old cigar box at our local thrift store and after a quick cut and glue conversion we had the perfect nesting box which the ladies take turns enjoying every morning.
If you want the experience of chickens but have a small space or limited time to be able to devote to feeding/cleaning these are the birds for you – we get endless enjoyment out of their little movements around the yard and know they will crack you up as well. Due to their size, it is best not to mix them with a regular large backyard flock, but as mentioned above – creating a secure enclosure for them is quick, inexpensive and easy!
If picking up hatching eggs from us, know that every egg is unique and feather coloring of offspring is completely random, you could have two all white parents that produce a chick like the one pictured above, that is part of the fun of the breed. Our current breeding program includes an orange Roo over an orange frizzle hen, a black and white hen, and two wheaten hens.
Hatching Eggs: $8 each
Chicks Sold Straight Run up to two weeks of age: $25 each