The Black Chicken

A rare breed, said to be possibly the most coveted chicken breed on the globe, the Ayam Cemani (Java Chicken) is a heritage breed with unusual pigmentation. They have a dominant gene that causes hyperpigmentation (Fibromelanosis), making the chicken entirely black; including feathers, beak, and internal organs. Consequently, they are highly prised for their eggs and for use in rituals and ceremonies. Considered magical, this chicken is understood since ancient times to have healing properties. Unknown-2.jpegUnknown-1.jpeg

At 5eyesfarm we are aiming to breed this chicken for the eggs. The birds are not good brooders so we will be designing incubators. The chicken coup is 150 meters squared and is totally covered and secure. The birds have ample space to free range, are fed organics (corn, vegetables, grains) and they have excellent roosting quarters.

 

The Indonesian chicken breed known as Ayam Cemani takes ‘dark’ into an entirely different realm. Their feathers are black. Their skin is black. Cut open an Ayam Cemani and you’ll find black muscle anchored to black bones. Even their organs are black. And what do you get for all this unrelenting blackness? One of the most beautiful chickens in the world; a chicken so spectacular and exotic that it is referred to as the “Lamborghini of poultry.”

In Asia, Ayam Cemani are renowned as much for the mystical powers of their black meat as they are for their extraordinary ink-black feathers that shimmer with a metallic sheen of beetle green and purple. Greenfire Farms was able to locate and legally import into the United States the first pure specimens of this breed despite the current USDA export ban on importing live chickens from Indonesia. We have unrelated bloodlines of ayam cemani that should produce healthy and beautiful chicks for many generations. 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. The birds pictured here are our breeding stock, and they were selected from many birds for their exceptionally black features. However, we cannot guarantee the distribution of black pigment in their offspring.

Despite their hypnotic otherworldly beauty Ayam Cemani are usually hardy, low maintenance, and by disposition easy to handlecemani pr.JPG