2014 Best of the Best Champion
Cajun Serama Classic
My name is Jerry Schexnayder, located in South Louisiana, Parish of St James, town of Vacherie, midway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. I own the largest pure blood , USDA Certified, NPIP #714 approved, flock of Serama in the United States. My birds were imported directly from Malaysia in 2001. My import, original flock, consisted of 135 birds, 105 hens and 30 cocks. These birds were hand selected from throughout Malaysia, to provide the greatest genetic diversity possible. I'm one who does things my way, unfortunately some want it their way and this has led to friction in serama circles. I have no ego to prove. I'm quite happy doing my own thing at my own pace. I don't claim, like some, to have the best, although they all got their start from me, nor do I preach or force myself on anyone. I don't claim to be a specialist. If anyone asks for advice, I'll give it truthfully and to the best of my knowledge. It's up to the recipient of this advice to decide for him/herself if it's truth or crock.
The Serama is the smallest and lightest bantam chicken in the world and highly prized as living works of art. The weight of the serama range from 8 to 16 ounces for hens and from 10 to 19 ounces for cocks. At very large Serama only competitions this weight is broken down into 4 classes, Micro, A, B and C classes.. Cocks standing upright, measured from the ground to the comb range from 8-12 inches. The Serama originated in Malaysia and is the result of selective cross-breeding of several breeds (the common village bantam and the wild jungle fowl) contributing the bulk of the Serama's genes. They're chesty, regal and confident beauty is a joy to behold, and they are described as the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dolly Partons of the bantam kingdom.
Jerry's Seramas, LLC is dedicated to the introduction and promotion of the Serama in North America and world wide. Be they American, Malaysian or Traditional, I seek to continuously improve their beauty, quality, health and vigor and share this experience with other Serama enthusiasts, wherever they may be.
The Serama is a new breed of bantam, having been developed in the past 25 years
The complete ancestry of the Serama is uncertain, it is believed the Red Jungle Fowl, the Common Malaysian Village Bantam (a hodge' podge' of many breeds) and the Japanese Bantam contributed to the breed.
The down sizing of the Serama is still on going with a few specimens coming in at 8 ounces for males and 6 ounces for females.
Serama pullets start laying at 4-5 months of age, but require 15-18 months until full maturity.
Incubation period for Serama eggs is 19 days at 99.9 degrees F.
Traditional Serama are not color bred, nor do they breed true to any one color, It is not uncommon to hatch as many different colored chicks as there are eggs that hatch.
Serama do not breed true to size. Out of a clutch of 10 chicks one can expect 1 or 2 to be small, 3 or 4 to be large and the remainder to be within the normal weight range for Serama.
The color of Serama eggs range from the purest white to the deepest brown, with many shades in between
Serama make excellent house pets. The crow of the cock is one third the volume of regular chicken.
It takes approx. 5 Serama eggs to equal the volume of one Large Grade A egg.
Serama are year round layers and have no particular laying season. Although peak fertility and egg production, here in Louisiana, occurs during the months of November, December, January and February.
Serama are tropical and need some type of heat source when temperatures drop below 40 degrees.
The Serama is the most popular house hold pet in it's native country, surpassing both cats and dogs combined.
In Malaysia 'Serama Specialty Shows' are held each weekend through out the year, averaging 300-400 entries
By the year 2015, Serama will be the most popular bantam in North America.