From the halfbloodproject 2012 and Cuckoo americans.......
Two month old chicks All born on September 7th 2012
This is an nice example from my serama project 2012 to show you. The three dark ones are ordinary American serama. The lighter ones are the improved birds called halfbloods. American (EU) serama x Malay serama. All these chicks are only two months old.
You can see that the halfbloods are smaller in size. They have a better attitude and have inherited a natural S shape from the Malay parent. No encouragement is needed here to make them look nice!
The S shape is totally absent for the american ones. The only way to make those Kapan-serama look nice is to push, squeeze and modeling the bird untill the bird has made it for the right pose which it will hold for a couple of seconds only....and when trained enough! Different from the true serama which will walk with grace. Keep it's breast up sometimes so high you might think the bird will tip over. A serama must have an upright body. The birds has long thights and legs. Tail must be at two a clock. A natural S-shape. Most people think they have to breed for short backs which is partly true. Most important is the natural S-shape. A good bird with S-shape will need that place in her/his back to roll over it's neck and head there.
Breeding the Malay serama are giving so much satisfaction and almost instant result in most cases! It's such a joy working with these birds. Ofcourse there are breeders who prefer the American serama which is almost a breed on it's own. Only some good breeders know the art of breeding them. Unfortunately there are too many breeders who breed them for pet-birds only and not care what those birds looks are. A fine birds has the looks + great character.
There is a saying: world smallest chicken? Is it? The vid below wil show you different. The smallest chicken is the serama, the real ones only. You will notice that the halfblood chicks are smaller sized then the dark ones. They are so much smaller because they inherited 50% genes of the true breed parent. See for yourself.
Regards from Belgium