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Traditional Serama

The Traditional Serama is referred to in context with table-top exhibition of the Serama. Table-top exhibition is at the core of what the Serama is. The Traditional Serama is similar only in appearance to the American Serama, but the standard for exhibition is very different. The Table-top Judging procedure for the Traditional Serama removes all color and minimum weight restrictions used in In-cage judging of the American Serama, with an increased focus on judging Character and Performance. Table-top demands more on Character and Performance than can be displayed with in-cage exhibition only. 

The Serama Council of North America (SCNA) is the oldest, largest, and leading organization to promote the Serama and table-top exhibition in North America. The SCNA continues to encourage the breeding of Serama with type and character, as type and character define the breed in table-top exhibition.

Traditional Serama Standard (for Table-top Exhibition)

Country of Origin: Malaysia (& America after 2001)

American Status: Fairly Common

serama drawing black chalk

 

Shape of Male

Comb:

Single, medium, set firmly and evenly on head, straight and upright,   evenly serrated with five regular and distinct points (pointed, not a rounded   nub), the middle points the same length as the width of the blade, moderately   arched, blade should extend well over back of head.

Beak:

Strong, stout, and well curved

Face:

Small, rounded, smooth, fine in texture, free from wrinkle or folds

Eyes:

Round, conspicuous

Wattles:

Medium, round, fine in texture, free from wrinkles or folds.

Ear Lobes:

Small, oval, fitting closely to head

Head:

Small, carried well back in proud manner

Neck:

Medium length, backward arched showing off breast, full, tapering   gracefully from shoulders to head.

Hackle:

Abundant, flowing naturally from front of neck reaching far back   covering both shoulders.

Back:

Short, broad, in profile, shaped like a V with neck and tail forming   the vertical sides

 

Slightly curved, sword shaped hanging over the abdomen and covering   back, widely spread, overlapping the tail and lesser sickles

Tail:

Moderately large and upright, carried in an upright position so as to almost   contact the back of head

Main Tail:

Feathers wide, moderately spread in a neatly overlapping manner, rising   above the head, 'A' shaped from the rear view

 

Medium to long, strong, firm, broad sword-shaped slightly curved

 

Well spread, medium length slightly upright, sword-shaped sickle   feathers covered with coverts

Coverts:

Abundant, becoming very broad, flowing well up tail

Wings:

Large, long, closely folded, carried vertically not quite touching the   ground,

 

Prominent, slightly concealed by hackle

Bows:

Well rounded.

Coverts:

Feathers broad, forming two distinct bars across wings

Primaries:

Moderate width, rather long, completely concealed by secondaries

Secondaries:

Broad, tapering convexly to rear, wing bay well exposed

Breast:

Highly lifted, well developed, full, carried prominently forward beyond   vertical line drawn from point of beak, broad and well rounded, from head to   neck to breast 'S' shaped profile

Body &   Stern:

Body- short, good depth and width, sloping from front to rear

Stern: Fluff, short, abundant

Legs

Legs- average length, widely set, parallel to each other without bowing   or knock knees, well proportioned.

Leg Length: should be proportionate to the bird, at least enough so   that wings do not touch ground.

 

Short, stout at top and tapering to hocks

Shanks:

Medium, smooth, round, evenly scaled

Toes:

Four, straight, well and evenly spread, evenly scaled

Overall Appearance:

Small, broad, compact, active, tame, standing up majestically


 

Shape of Female

Comb:

Single, medium, set firmly and evenly on head, straight and upright,   evenly serrated with five regular and distinct points (pointed, not a rounded   nub), the middle points the same length as the width of the blade, moderately   arched, blade should extend well over back of head.

Beak:

Strong, stout, and well curved

Face:

Small, rounded, smooth, fine in texture, free from wrinkle or folds

Eyes:

Round, conspicuous

Wattles:

Medium, round, fine in texture, free from wrinkles or folds.

Ear Lobes:

Small, oval, fitting closely to head

Head:

Small, carried well back in proud manner

Neck:

Medium length, backward arched showing off breast, full, tapering   gracefully from shoulders to head.

Hackle:

Abundant, flowing naturally from front of neck reaching far back   covering both shoulders.

Back:

Short, broad, in profile, shaped like a V with neck and tail forming   the vertical sides

Cushion:

Short, feathers broad and plentiful.

Tail:

Moderately large and upright, carried in an upright position so as to almost   contact the back of head

Main Tail:

Feathers wide, moderately spread in a neatly overlapping manner, rising   above the head, 'A' shaped from the rear view

Coverts:

Abundant, becoming very broad, flowing well up tail

Wings:

Large, long, closely folded, carried vertically not quite touching the   ground,

 

Prominent, slightly concealed by hackle

Bows:

Well rounded.

Coverts:

Feathers broad, forming two distinct bars across wings

Primaries:

Moderate width, rather long, completely concealed by secondaries

Secondaries:

Broad, tapering convexly to rear, wing bay well exposed

Breast:

Highly lifted, well developed, full, carried prominently forward beyond   vertical line drawn from point of beak, broad and well rounded, from head to   neck to breast 'S' shaped profile

Body &   Stern:

Body- short, good depth and width, sloping from front to rear

Stern: Fluff, short, abundant

Legs

Legs- average length, widely set, parallel to each other without bowing   or knock knees, well proportioned.

Leg Length: should be proportionate to the bird, at least enough so   that wings do not touch ground.

 

Short, stout at top and tapering to hocks

Shanks:

Medium, smooth, round, evenly scaled

Toes:

Four, straight, well and evenly spread, evenly scaled

Overall Appearance:

Small, broad, compact, active, tame, standing up majestically

  

Disqualifications

  • Comb: Comb foreign to the breed, single comb falling below the horizontal plane on level with top of head, single comb with side sprig, split comb, inverted comb
  • Legs: Creeper Legs
  • Wings: Horizontal Wing
  • Disease/Illness/Parasites: If any of these can be observed without touching the bird it is considered a disqualification
  • Feather trimming of any type is considered a disqualification for the Traditional Serama. 

  

Defects

  • Comb: Thumb marks. Large combs
  • Wattles: Large wattles. Wattles with wrinkles or folds
  • Head: Narrow head, crow head
  • Back: Long or narrow back
  • Chest/Breast: Shallow or narrow breast
  • Legs: Short Legs
  • Tail: Wry Tail, Squirrel Tail

  

Color of Male and Female for Table-top (TT) Judging

All Variety (AV) Serama

  • COMB, FACE, WATTLES, EAR LOBES, BEAK, EYES, SHANKS & TOES: No color requirement
  • PLUMAGE: No color requirement

  

Suggested Weight Divisions

Experience has shown that events with over 250 entries will benefit by splitting entries into weight classifications. Here are the weight divisions if a show chooses to have weight divisions:
 

Mature Cocks
Class A - up to 350 grams (12 oz)
Class B - up to 481 grams (17 oz)
Class C - up to 539 grams (19 oz)


Mature Hens
Class A - up to 325 grams (11 oz)
Class B - up to 425 grams (15 oz)
Class C - up to 482 grams (17 oz)


Cockerels

One Class Up To - 500 grams (18 oz)


Pullets

One Class Up To - 425 grams (15 oz)

 

 

*Notice there is no lower weight limit on Class A Cocks/Hens, Cockerels, or Pullets.

  

Arranging classes based on weight division is only a suggestion for events with over 250 entries and not a requirement for table-top. At all events regardless of entries, the maximum weight limit should follow the weight listed for Class C Cocks/Hens, Cockerels, and Pullets.

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