A black chicken. Kind of confusing and mind blowing but yes, it's black, from feather to the bones!
This rare and relatively modern breed of chicken from Indonesia is called Ayam Cemani. On the back of our minds, we all would like to ask how did a chicken; even their scales on their feet, their beak and internal organs become so black? According to research, these breed of chickens has a dominant gene that causes hyperpigmentation (Fibromelanosis) which is caused by excessive production of melanin.

The most common characteristic of Ayam Cemani is their black color. These includes their feathers with a greenish tint when exposed to light, their wattles are also black, their beak and tongue, their legs and claws/toe nails, the meat and even the bones are all black. While their common distinguishing factor is black, their blood remains red in color. Ayam Cemani hens lay white/cream to pink tinted eggs so it’s typically not all black. The roosters weigh at about 2 to 2.5 kilograms and the hens go for about 1.5 to 2 kilograms.
ayam cerami egg
This breed was first imported to Europe by a Dutch breeder named Jan Steverenik in 1998 and currently kept in Germany, Slovakia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. It was first described by Dutch colony settlers and was thought to be the ones that brought Ayam Cemani to Europe.

The breed got its name from the word Ayam which means chicken and Cemani is Javanese for “completely black”. Cemani is also a village in the central Javanese town of Solo.
black chicken meat
Ayam Cemani is so valued in Indonesia especially the perfect black ones because they believe it possesses mystical powers. This type of breed originated from Java, Indonesia and the locals probably use them on religious and mystical rites far back as time can tell.

This breed became so popular that is was called the “Lambourghini of Poultry” because of its rarity and price range in markets. A Florida-based company sells a one-day old chick of unknown gender for a whopping $200 dollars each. They can go to a thousand dollars or more on black markets.

I don’t know how the meat tastes but for a typical man with typical livelihood, this goes beyond the budget but I’d like a taste out of curiosity. What about a black fried chicken or black chicken nugget? However it tastes, I really don’t think it’s worth a hundred or more bucks. Just my two cents.

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