The Serama Bantam is the smallest and lightest chicken in the world. There are many different "styles" or "types" of Serama. We support all Serama style and types from the most extreme specimens to normalized standards. All are exciting in their own way and individual breeder's vision enhances these traits with lines and families they develop.
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The Malaysian Serama Bantam is the smallest and lightest bantam chicken in the world and often described as a living work of art.
The complete ancestry is uncertain and there are many claims and myths regarding the origin of the Serama Bantam. Some claims dating as far back to the 1600s and to the Thai King Sri Rama, although there is no documented evidence to prove this.
The modern day Malaysian Serama Bantam is said to be due to the many years work by Wee Yean Een from Kelantan Malaysia, who had a fascination with chickens since his early childhood days.
Before reading this, you should have an idea of what makes a Serama a Serama. Please check our our Characteristics Article for review.
Typical Malaysian Serama Types are Slim, Ball, Apple, and Dragon. Slim is a relatively tall, slender bird with a very small breast. This type looks as though it could fit into a cylinder without problem. Ball are quite round in appearance. The legs are short and the wings are not held at vertical, but closer to 45 degrees or less, due to wing and leg length.
The Serama is characterized by their upright posture, full breast, vertical tail feathers held upright and tight up to the body and vertical wings held down nearly touching the ground. In Malaysia they are described as brave warriors and archangel chickens, because of their upright and regal appearance.
They are the smallest breed of chicken in the world. Typically under 500g, but with even smaller birds that are under 250g being bred in its native Malaysia. However, size alone does not define a Serama. A small chicken without the Serama "type" is not a Serama, but just another small bantam.