This breed is sold straight run meaning we cannot guarantee the gender of your chicks, each chick has a 50/50 chance of being male or female.
Quick Breed Stats
Egg Color: cream
Egg Bloom: sometimes the eggs can have a pink tint
Egg Size: slightly larger than a quail egg
Egg Texture: smooth
Egg Production During Spring and Summer: moderate – low 2-4 eggs when not being broody
Meat Production: not suited for meat or high egg production. This breed is best kept as companions and pets.
Heat Tolerance: very good if shade is provided
Cold Tolerance: not very high, would need ample protection from snow.
Disposition: extremely patient, sweet, smart and curious. Complete lap chicken Will come running for treats.
Weeks to Maturity: 22
Free Range Ability: not very predator wise, best to keep an eye on them when free ranging or have them in a mixed breed flock for protection.
Likelihood They Will Want To Hatch Eggs: moderate
We 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! If you love the look and feel of silkie chickens but don’t like their feathered legs and feet then the silked serama is your chicken match!
Serama hail from malasia where they were kept inside 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!) and if they are alarmed by the sound of a hawk they run into the bushes for safe cover.
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.
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!