The Frizzle feathered serama was long thought to have been an American creation or a cross breeding between the frizzle bantam or the frizzle Japanese. Many claim it to be a "mongrel" or "cross breed" or deny its existance. Though it is true that the frizzle feathered serama does occur in Malaysia itself and seems to be growing in popularity especially in Indonesia with several photographed specimens, many of which are of reasonably good quality.
While it is not popular or permitted to be exhibited at beauty contests in Malaysia the fact remains that it is a Malaysian creation. This means it is possible for frizzle feathered serama to occur in imported stock from Malaysia as it would appear that some strains of serama are homozygous for a frizzle modifier gene. This means that they do not have to externally display frizzle feathering to produce frizzle offspring. This is very rare and almost goes against normal frizzling genetics
This beautiful female is 100% Malaysian bred and was bred from both straight parents hence the lack of frizzling in her tail and wings, her parents carried the frizzle modifier genetic. She originates with a breeder called Dr. Tiew who uses the breeder name Serama Majestic and is from Malaysia. He tells me that this is common place, in Malaysia to produce frizzle birds, though they are not exhibited. But proof is here that the frizzle modifier gene IS present in the true serama genetic make up.
The frizzle serama is popular in the USA and becoming popular in Europe also, with specimens exhibited already in Holland. See the very bottom of this link for details of frizzle serama in the Netherlands.
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Status in the UK
Above is a British true frizzle serama cockerel. Hatched and bred in the UK from UK birds in 2012 and PCGB rung.
While here in the UK the frizzle serama is not yet recognised by the Serama club GB, it can still be exhibited at any show provided it is entered into a non standard breed class, some websites contradict this, though if you contact the Secretary of the Poultry Club Of Great Britain then it can be confirmed that it is possible to exhibit these birds provided they are not shown alongside standardised serama.
The Poultry Club, Keeper's Cottage,
40 Benvarden Road, Dervock,
Ballymoney, Co. Antrim BT53 6NN.
Below is a Frizzle feathered serama male from Sukadana, East-Lampung in Indonesia
Another frizzle serama from Lampung Indonesia
Frizzle serama male from East Lampung Purbolinggo
See below link for more information on recessive frizzled genetics
It is believed that the Japanese bantams and Ayam Walik were used in the initial breeding of serama and that these are what introduced the frizzled genetics.
The frizzle feathered serama in Malaysia is called the Ayam Serama Bulu Terbalik or Serama Walik which means serama chicken with reversed feathers or upside down feathers.
Here are some links to ad websites in Malaysia / Indonesia where frizzle feathered serama are not only bred but offered for sale.
Here are some frizzle feathered serama bred by Mr Andrie Handoko from Pekanbaru, Medan in Indonesia.
I'm sure that no one can deny the quality of this bird shown below, even with her curly feathers she shows clear and correct serama confirmation, dismissing the theory that frizzle feathering masks the true outline of the breed.