FUN FACTS; world most expensive chicken costing Kshs 500,000 a pair.
Ayam Cemani is a unique breed of chicken. It is easily recognizable by its completely black fur, skin and flesh.
The breed was created in Indonesia where it is preserved by the upper class of society. It is believed to have magical powers and is very important and is sought after in Asian countries. At present, it is still a very rare bird and very hard to find, famous American breeders are on sale until 2019.
According to “Phoenix New Times”, Indonesian black chicken Ayam Cemani will reimburse you $ 5,000 per pair, making them very expensive.
Ayam Cemani is often associated with a group of communities known as Kedu, native to central Java. It is believed that Ayam Bekisar’s chicken coop lives in a small group of islands in Indonesia.
They are believed to be the result of crosses between native chickens and green birds in the forest. Not all crosses will remain, but the ones that sometimes have the black color of Ayam Cemani. Their dark-black fur has a green iridescence in the sun which is beautiful.
Ayam Cemani is black because of the many colors. This is called fibromelanosis. Fibromelanosis is a genetic result.
The bird must have two copies of the fibromelanosis gene to be the real Ayam Cemani. Birds with only one copy will appear blacker than birds without a copy of the gene, but they will not be completely black according to Earth News.
They are considered to be charms, blood and other parts of the bird used in the preparation of traditional medicine.
Ayam Cemani is said to have magical powers and can facilitate communication between the living world and the spirit world. As such, it is used as a sacrificial bird to please the gods, whose meat is rarely eaten in Indonesia.
Ayam Cemani is a poor rank. On average, they will lay about 80 eggs a year, or 1 egg a week. They seem to be off for a long time.
They usually lay 20 to 30 eggs and then stop laying. It can be up to 6 months and then they will start again!
Compared to chicken size, the eggs are quite large and creamy with a slight pink tinge, not black depending on the field.