Welcome to my blog! Seramas are known as the smallest chickens in the world…and they are just adorable! They are absolutely the “cutest” fowl you will ever come across! I am not new to chickens, but I am new to the world of Seramas. I am trying to learn as much as I can, as fast as I can, and I would love to have you accompany me along my new journey! I have learned so much in the past few weeks, and it is my desire to share this adventure with you…Perhaps you’ll want to keep Seramas as well!
I had never even seen a Serama chicken up close and personal until last Friday, and I now have a flock of 18 Seramas, along with 10 chicks, and I have decided to breed Seramas as well…How could that be, you ask? Well, in a nutshell, this is what happened…I went to the poultry show in Camden, SC last Friday, met Luann Keller and Vicky Mills, both Serama breeders in South Carolina, and came home with the aforementioned birds from Vicky. Now, this obviously was a spur of the moment decision, and it left us in quite a quandry (“Us” includes my husband who went to the show with me)…After all, where do you instantly put these birds, who are not friendly to each other (there were 5 breeding roosters along with their multiple partners)? We currently have 5 temporary pens in our once-clean garage, a kiddie pool with 10 chicks in our house, and 5 temporary pens set up in our backyard, so that the chickens can get fresh air and sunshine in the daytime. That’s right, my husband takes the birds out to the pens each morning, and back into the garage every evening. My yard looks like a Tent City, according to my son, since the tops of the pens are covered in muslin…partly to keep the birds from flying off, partly to shield them from the hot sun, and partly to keep them from being carried off by hawks. It really is a site to see!
It honestly wasn’t supposed to happen this way. I had joined several Serama groups and forums online, designed a chicken coop in my head, had been scouring the internet amassing information and innovative ways to care for chickens, wanted to have everything in place before ever buying a single chicken, and then, Poof! All of a sudden my husband is making daily trips to the feed store and the lumber yard and the feed store again, and magically a chicken coop is coming to life in my backyard. I am awakened every morning to the sound(s) of several roosters in my garage, which just happens to be underneath my bedroom, by the way…My cat, who is an indoor/outdoor cat, is now unable to leave the house when the chickens are outside (she routinely brings me moths, moles, mice, and snakes – even bats, so I shudder to think of her “meeting” my new pets right now), and our dog, a doberman, who is completely bewildered by these noisy creatures who are taking up so much of my husband’s time (she is a big Daddy’s Girl!). Ah, well, the best laid plans of mice and men, right?
You can see the beginning of our new coop here…my husband, working hard, trying to make me the coop/hen house of my dreams…It will be 10 x 12 feet, with individual runs on each side…one side for winter, one side for summer.
I have already named the roosters, so that I can label their corresponding eggs when I start breeding…Pumpkin, Pretty Boy, Winston, Walter, and Handsome.
Handsome is a Mille Fleur, and the others are a Chocolate Lace. Winston and Walter have a very quiet crow, and I am intrigued with the idea of trying to come up with a line of “quiet” roosters, those that have a softer crow to them. They are not “Squeakers”, as some roosters are called, but it gives me a place to start…Check out Mr. Wonderful here……Isn’t he fantastic?!? Gorgeous, but quiet! And last but not least, my baby Seramas, about 3 weeks old now…