Malaysian Serama Bantams

Malaysian serama, Serama bantams, World's smallest Chicken

                                                                                                Malaysian serama history

Here is an account of the creation of the serama which I sourced from a conversation with Lutfihadi Indrawan a Malaysian breeder of Ayam Serama and Ayam Ketawa (the laughing chicken). 

Hal ini dipercayai berasal Ayam serama dengan persimpangan banyak Kapans Malaysiapohon tua dan burung liar serta burung permainan. Dan dikatakan bahawa penciptamereka adalah Wee Yean Een. Hal ini meskipun sejarah penciptaan serama berasal dari Bantam jepang yang dibesarkan dengan ayam Kapas - versi Malaysia dari silkie cina yang bulu berbulu lembut seperti bulu binatang. Hal ini juga percaya bahawa walik Kapas juga memainkan peranan dalam keturunan yang serama itu, ini merupakan burung biasa yang memiliki bulu yang melengkung ke belakang dan rapuh juga boleh terkadang mempunyai simbol di kepala dan bulu pada kaki. Burung ini mempunyai penampilan jelek seperti sisik keriting. Sebelum serama ini ditubuhkan dan berkembang biak murni, ada beberapa burung dibesarkan yang ditunjukkan bulu keriting, bulu silkie, kaki berbulu dan kepala mur. serama sejak saat itu telah disempurnakan di Malaysia dengan semua atribut yang tidak diingini dihapuskan. Walaupun di Amerika Syarikat dan Eropah nampaknya ada minat burung yang masih terus kesalahan yang tidak diingini seperti bulu silkie, bulu walik dan bulu pada kaki. Di Malaysia ini tidak digalakkan dan dikorbankan. Dalam malaysia hari festival besar dan kontes kecantikan yang diadakan untuk menghormati ayam kegemaran di negara itu.

Roughly translated this means - 


It is believed the Ayam serama originated with crossing many old Malaysian Kapans, game birds and wild tree birds. It is thought the history of the creation of serama comes from the Japanese bantam which was bred with ayam kapas - a malaysian version of the Chinese silkie bantam which has soft woolly feathers like animal fur. It is also believed that the kapas walik also played a role in the serama's ancestry, this is an unusual bird that has feathers which curl backwards and are brittle it can also sometimes have a crest on the head and feathers on the feet. These birds have an ugly appearance like curly scales. Before the serama was established and pure breeding, there were some birds bred which displayed curly feathers, silkie feathers, feathery feet and nut heads (rose combs). The serama has since been refined in Malaysia with all undesirable attributes removed. Though in USA and Europe there seem to be interest in the birds which still hold the undesirable faults such as silkie feathers, curly feathers and feathers on the feet. In Malaysia these are not encouraged and are sacrificed. In malaysia today huge festivals and beauty contests are held in honour of the country's favourite chicken.

 

Below a Japanese Bantam Male also known as "Chabo". It is clear that the serama achieved its high tail carriage and single comb from the Japanese bantam.

Below an Ayam Kapas male - The breed is rose combed, silkie feathered, has 5 toes and dark skin. It is believed that from these the silkie genetics in serama occur. 


 
Below an Ayam Walik displaying the curly scale like feathers as described by Lutfihadi Indrawan. This breed has a fine bone structure.These curly feathers are called "bulu terbalik" in Malay.