The Malaysian Serama first arrived in this country in 2004. Its ancestry is believed to date as far back as the 1600’s and is associated with the Thai King Sri Ama. The modern day Serama was created by Wee Yean Een beginning in 1971 by using Ayam Kapans which gave them their very light weight. He then introduced some Japanese bantams, eventually arriving at our present day birds.
The Serama are 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 very human like 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.