The American Serama is characterized by a vertical posture. They stand upright, head back, chest out, and tail up.
The Serama is the smallest breed of chicken in the world. They originated in Malaysia and are relatively new to the US. These adorable little chickens tend to have nice temperaments and make good pets.
Serama hens lay cream to light brown colored eggs year round. Although small, the eggs can be enjoyed just as any other chicken eggs. The hens are very broody however, and would much rather set and hatch chicks, than lay eggs for you.
Perhaps due to their tiny size, Serama chicks are not as hardy as standard sized chicks. There is some dispute as to whether Seramas require warmer temperatures than other breeds, but the consensus is that you should provide a heat source for them in the winter months - especially if you live in an area that gets really cold.
In Malaysia, Seramas are found in many different colors, sizes, and body types. Breeders in the US are attempting to standardize the breed. Specifications for the "American Serama" as put forth by the Serama Council of North America, gained acceptance by the American Poultry Association and the American Bantam Association in April 2011.
Acceptable weights for the American Serama:
The Serama Council of North America puts on TT (table top) shows at poultry shows around the country. Tabletop Judging removes all color and minimum weight restrictions with an increased focus on judging Character and Performance. Tabletop demands more on Character and Performance than can be displayed with in-cage exhibition only.