The Ayam Cemani is a breed developed from the selective breeding of a naturally occurring mutation of wild landrace chickens in Central Java. This mutation is black hyperpigmentation called fibromelanosis (fibro). While the mutation had occurred sporadically in this landrace variety for centuries, steps were taken to select towards an all-black bird in the early 20th century.
There is some variety in type and breeders have selected towards the purification of black coloring as well as for single comb in a game bird with an alert upright stance. The defining characteristic of this breed is intense black coloring that make them completely black all the way to the bone. The blackest birds are sought after in Asian countries for belief in their mystical and medicinal powers and ceremonial dishes. We are members of the Ayam Cemani Breeders Association and enjoy learning more about this amazing breed.
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