Breeds forum: How long does it take for a serama to mature?

 
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ImageEufaula
Jun 29, 2010 6:14 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Now I just have a feeling ...that I know who will answer this!!
My baby Seramas are now 6 and a half weeks and 10 weeks. The oldest now has wing feathers that are dragging the ground, but still covered in baby fuzz. He, "Rabbit",the oldest is still the size of the 6 weekers.
Are Seramas , because of their ultra smallness, just slower to mature?

Photos of the "gang" this afternoon!
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ImageEufaula
Jun 29, 2010 4:44 PM CST
Name: Lynn
This is the older Guy "Rabbit" in front of his 7 new siblings

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ImageHaystack
Jun 29, 2010 7:22 PM CST
Name: Howie
Wa.
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Seramas will mature in six months, in the sense of egglaying. They will not mature in the sense of mating. The hens should be protected from the Roosters until they are nine months old. At that point they are considered fully mature. I have noticed that some will take as much as a full year to fill out and stand up and take their place...Roosters will want to mate with hens that are four and five months old but that is much to early for her and she should be protected...Hay
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ImageEufaula
Jun 30, 2010 6:35 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Thank You Hay. At what point should I separate the "little guys" from the gals? Are there some signs to look for to determine the males from the females? Confused
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ImageHaystack
Jun 30, 2010 3:53 PM CST
Name: Howie
Wa.
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They are pretty easy to sex at two months old. Generally you will notice the Rooster being dominate in almost a fun and playful way, which I think is quite cute. The sign that he is serious is when he begans grabbing her and trying to pin her with his beak. That is when I seperate them. His testosterone will only increase daily but she won't submit til she is ready and that is about nine months old. What happens is if they are left together he will start getting mean with her cause she will fight him as she is not ready. Generally speaking the hen is no match for the rooster and if he is going to be mean then she is probably going to get hurt or at least abused at some point. I just don't allow that...Hay
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ImageEufaula
Jul 1, 2010 5:51 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Thanks again Haystack! So far so good with the little fellas.
I had separated Mama from the little ones, but as of this Morning , I had to put her and the other Hen and "Natchez" back into the brooder.
HAWK!!!! I woke this morning , only to find a Hawk had gotten into my Maran pen. I saw it as it flew away with one of my 6 week old Hens. : Angry Grumbling ... Crying
Im not taking any chances on it getting one of my Seramas!!
Sooooo I will be building new Hawk proof Pens this Holiday weekend!!!!

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ImageHaystack
Jul 1, 2010 8:52 AM CST
Name: Howie
Wa.
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Eufaula, I know very little about hawks, however I do know we have tons of them here and they always fly generally two or three together. They search all the pasture land for the field mice. They are over my coop area on a regular basis. In the ten years I have been raising chickens I have never lost one to a hawk. It may be that some breed of hawks are more agressive than others. I'm not sure. Just seems strange to me that I haven't lost any and my girls are free range. I lost some to coyotes, and possum, and I know I lost two to weasels. It's great you saw him that way your not guessing. I just hatched out 23 new seramas this week and have eight left in the incubator...Hay
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ImageEufaula
Jul 25, 2010 3:55 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Well here we go... I finally can tell the difference between the pullets and the cockerals!
here is one little girl that I just love!

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ImageEufaula
Jul 25, 2010 3:57 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Her Sister ....she is still very immature and not feathering out like I think she should have but she will definitely have color!

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ImageEufaula
Jul 25, 2010 3:59 PM CST
Name: Lynn
This is the smallest Pullet!!! Lots of color and when you can get her to stand very pretty!

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ImageEufaula
Jul 25, 2010 4:03 PM CST
Name: Lynn
..and two of my Boys!!! One is not camera Shy ..the other just didnt want to be there!!

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ImageEufaula
Jul 25, 2010 4:05 PM CST
Name: Lynn
OOPS! Now you can see both of them!

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ImageHaystack
Jul 26, 2010 9:26 PM CST
Name: Howie
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There you go. Your doing an excellent job at sexing them. Aren't they just the greatest little gems? I never get tired of them. They make me laugh at their whimsical way...Hay
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ImageEufaula
Aug 5, 2010 3:15 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Here we go roughly 12 weeks alongThumb of 2010-08-05/Eufaula/4ac384
! This little cockeral and pullet have the most color and he is beginning that extended neck stance that I love to see ! He always looks as if hes playing giraffe!Thumb of 2010-08-05/Eufaula/39370c
They are still less than half their parents size , but are the largest out of the 6 babies.
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ImageEufaula
Aug 5, 2010 3:20 PM CST
Name: Lynn
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This little fella just doesnt wont to stand up straight.... maybe later! The little girl has potential but I think she is going to be rather large!Thumb of 2010-08-05/Eufaula/9b0c07
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ImageEufaula
Aug 5, 2010 3:27 PM CST
Name: Lynn
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Now this little munchkin is tiny tiny! He is only 24 hours younger than the rest but nearly 3/4 their size! he hasnt even developed his comb like the others! the tiny Pullet is going to be a beauty, not white but mostly! The only thing about these two is that they are my "Skeeriest" They are afraid of everything and I have to spend a lot of time just taming them down and getting used to being handled!Thumb of 2010-08-05/Eufaula/091ec9

Hay.... I need a little chicken breeding "Ettiquette". can you pair from the same brood? Or is that a no no like with other animals? Confused
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ImageEufaula
Aug 12, 2010 7:00 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! At 13 weeks we now have 3 little fellas crowing!!! ( er.... trying to!) LOL!
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ImageEufaula
Aug 12, 2010 5:38 PM CST
Name: Lynn
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I can Crow, I can Crow!!!Thumb of 2010-08-12/Eufaula/4cba64
Me Tooooo-ah-Doooodle -oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!Thumb of 2010-08-12/Eufaula/c16e6e
Darn Show offs!!! Just give me a day or two, I'll show ya!!
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ImageHaystack
Aug 13, 2010 11:41 PM CST
Name: Howie
Wa.
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Eufaula, the best thing to do is get another rooster, not from your own flock. You don't want to start inbreeding. I started with two trios, and that gave me lots of flexibility. You need new genes. I would look to trade one of your little hens for a rooster and that will give you lots of breeding potential. I sold many of my little babies to create money for new blood. Just one more rooster would make lots of choices for breeding...Hay
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ImageEufaula
Aug 14, 2010 4:40 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Will do!! I already have a Potential buyer! ... Have a friend around Atlanta ( we are members of the "Chicken Whisperer" group) That I think I can trade or make a deal with for some excellent new stock! Thanks Friend Hay!
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