Ayam Cemani, aka "The Lamborghini of Poultry"

Posted by Crystal Long
Ayam Cemani chicken poses for photo

The monochromatic Ayam Cremani is the coolest chicken we've ever seen.

We've talked about the Ayam Cemani a lot, but do you blame us? This chicken breed is just, so, cool. The rare chicken is solid black. And when I say black, I really do mean it - Ayam Cemani chickens are all black inside and out, from the black feathers to the black skin, this rare breed also has a black comb, a black wattle, and a black beak. Even their insides (meat, bones, and organs) are black. Luckily, their blood is of normal color and NOT black. (But can you imagine, black blood?)

So, if you are into unusual birds, the Ayam Cemani is for you. Read on for more on this stylish black bird.

Where Did the Ayam Cemani Come From?

Lovingly named the "Lamborghini of poultry," this beautiful bird is as rare as they come. They are somewhat hard to come by in the United States, largely due to a hefty price tag. An Indonesian breed, Ayam Cemani originates from the island of Java in Indonesia, where it is thought of as having mystical powers such as facilitating communication between the living and the spirits.

They were first imported to Europe in 1998 by a Dutch breeder named Jan Steverink.

Why is the Ayam Cemani Black?

This all-black chicken has a mutated fibromelanosis gene, which causes hyperpigmentation, i.e. producing extra melanin/black pigment. The fibromelanosis is what gives the bird a striking, black color appearance all over.

How Do You Care for an Ayam Cemani? What Color Are Their Eggs?

The breed is no doubt a striking sight. Along with the all-black feathers on the bird, there is also a beetle-green iridescence when the sun hits that makes this stunning chicken just so unforgettable.

They are very friendly and likable birds. The gentle Ayam Cemani is a great candidate for backyard chickens; their docile nature makes them easy to handle and easy to care for - this lovable personality trait also goes for the Ayam Cemani roosters. A low maintenance bird, they make a great all-weather bird. They do well in cold climates, and because of their Indonesian origin, it's safe to say they also do well in the heat.

While they don't need an excessive amount of space, Ayam Cemani hens don't make the best egg layers. Egg production is pretty low with these gorgeous chickens - you can expect to get around 80 eggs per year. Ayam Cemani eggs are cream-colored, with a slightly pink tint to them (Oh how pretty!).

Interested to add one to your flock? You can find more information on this fascinating breed from the Ayam Cemani Breeders Association.

What do you think of this rare 'mystical' chicken? Tell us in the comments below!

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Ayam Cemani, aka "The Lamborghini of Poultry"