Ayam Cemani

An Ayam Cemani hen poses in front of a white background with her head looking over her shoulder.

Extremely rare and beautiful, Ayam Cemanis have a gorgeous shadowy brilliance that makes them unique and highly desired. Likely originating from Java, Indonesia, Ayam Cemanis were once considered sacred because of the black pigment that pervades their body: feathers, comb, beak, skin, wattles, internal organs, meat, and bones (their blood is not black, however). This hyperpigmentation is called by a genetic condition known as fibromelanosis. Their haunting look is thankfully paired with a friendly, gentle personality. Not the greatest layers, Ayam Cemanis are known to lay steadily for weeks and then take several months off before beginning to lay again.


Class: Not recognized
Type: Large Fowl
Size: Medium (6-7 lbs)
Rarity: Rare
Purpose: Ornamental
Recognized Varieties: Black

Egg Facts:

Egg Laying: Fair (2/wk)
Egg Color: Cream or Tinted
Egg Size: Small

Fancy Features:

Comb Type: Single Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4

Suitability to Backyard Life:

Cold Hardiness: Hardy in winter
Heat Tolerance: Tolerates heat well
Bears Confinement: Tolerates confinement
Especially Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: No
Personality: Friendly, gentle