Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Home

I let my chicks stay in the incubator for 1-2 days after hatching. I have two main reasons for this, one is that they need to be at 99.5 deg Fahrenheit or close to it for the first few days which is the temperature also required to hatch the egg. The second reason is, they do not need food or water during this time and generally do not expel waste.

Chicks 3 days old

I "brood" my chicks in a rubbermaid container. I previously had not purchased a heat lamp for hatched chicks, but because these one are exceptionally small I decided I should. There is a quarter to reference size.

Serama rooster posing

  When full grown these chickens are still really small! Average less than one pound! They are definitely not worth eating, and are mainly for show. They are supposed to make really good pets too, affectionate like a cat or dog. I've heard of people keeping these chickens in their house, wearing a chicken diaper - oddly enough.

Sunday, June 19, 2011


First serama chick battling out of the egg.
My serama chicks began hatching June 14th, 2011. The last one hatched on the 16th, for a total of five chicks! This is my second time hatching eggs, and the first time with a real incubator (my last hatch was done in a homemade incubator which yielded one turkey!). It was very exciting watching these little critters emerge from their shell!
The chick fresh out of the shell.

  It is amazing how small these little creatures are. I would say only 2-3 inches tall. The eggs are comparable to pheasant eggs. 

 They are quite fun to watch. And, you'd be quite surprised how loud of a peep can come from such a small body! 

Fuzzy little peepers.
I cannot wait until they are full grown! The average weight is 13 ounces, and they can still fit in the palm of your hand!


Welcome to my first blog.

Here I will cover the life of my flock of Serama chickens, starting from eggs.

Pictures of the hatch soon!