Nature offers so much wonder. Unusual species found deep in the jungle or desert can make your jaw drop — and sometimes even farm animals can seem unreal.
I questioned my eyes when I first saw a photo of one of these beautiful black chickens from Indonesia. The breed, Ayam Cemani, produces chickens that are completely black — and I mean completely!
These chickens have black bones, black meat, black organs, black feathers, black eyes, black tongues and black beaks. The only part of them that is not black is their blood, which is still much darker than the typical chicken's. Their breed name keeps it simple: Ayam means chicken, and cemani means “completely black.”
So what makes this chicken breed look this way? This breed carries a genetic trait called fibromelanosis, which translates into black pigmentation. However, their eggs are not black, much to my disappointment. The shells of their eggs are white, or white with a slightly pinkish tint.
This type of chicken would be awesome to own for home breeders, but be aware that they are expensive, with some selling for more than $2,000.
With prices like that, it’s hard to imagine eating them, but some people do. While it would be lovely to see black chickens running around the chicken yard, I have to say that I'm not sure I want to see completely black chicken meat on my plate!
You can find black chickens in the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. I think it’s only a matter of time before people begin breeding them in the U.S., considering our love of chicken breeding right now.
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