Ayam Cemani - Rare Black Chicken Breed

Ayam Cemani is a rarely kept black chicken breed originated from the island of Java,Indonesia. The word 'Ayam Cemani' comes from Javanese that means "completely black chicken". Breed was first imported into Europe in 1998 by Dutch breeder Jan Steverink. 

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The birds are completely black inside out: black plumage with a greenish shine, black legs and toe nails, black beak and tongue, black comb and wattles, black meat and bones and even dark organs. 

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Ayam Cemani chickens are highly regarded in their country of origin, Indonesia. Their meat is thought to be higher in Iron, therefore beneficial to women before and after childbirth. Birds are sometimes sacrificed during childbirth believing fortune will come to the labouring mother. The chicken is also sacrificed on other special occasions, as it is thought to bring luck. There are many legends surrounding the breed. Some Asian people believe that eating this chicken will ease their conscience. An ayam cemani cockerel is thought to bring prosperity if he crows and being black he is linked to evil spirits.

Ayam Cemani are friendly birds, and the hens lay about 60 to 100 cream-colored eggs their first year. A typical laying cycle lasts for about 20 to 30 eggs, then the hen will stop laying for three to six months. The eggs are unusually large in proportion to the size of the hen’s body.


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