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Ayam Cemani Chicken

From: $11.00

Country of Origin: Indonesia

Bird Size: 3-6.5

Comb Type: Single Comb

Primary Use: Dual Purpose

Egg Production: Good

Egg Size: Medium

Egg Color: Tan

Hardiness: All Temps

Temperament: Friendly, Indifferent, Assertive

Environment Type: Free Range, Small Range

Livestock Conservation Status: N/a

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SKU: ayam-cemani-chicken Category: Product ID: 828

Ayam Cemani Chicken

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Chicken Grower
1 Fertile Egg
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6 Fertile Eggs
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In Indonesia, the Ayam Cemani is renowned for its mystical healing powers attributed to its black hyper-pigmentation. As a melanistic breed, these birds exhibit an overdevelopment of melanin, resulting in their striking appearance. The Ayam Cemani’s ink-black feathers possess a unique sheen of beetle green and purple when illuminated by the sun, adding to their allure. While generally amicable, these birds can display assertive behavior towards other flock members, establishing their rank within the group.

Despite their dark appearance, Ayam Cemani eggs are surprisingly not black. This breed of chickens adds a touch of visual delight to any farm setting, with their distinctive features and intelligent demeanor. Known for their sociable nature, these birds may seek attention, treats, or companionship from their human caretakers. Additionally, some Ayam Cemani hens exhibit excellent mothering instincts, displaying broody behavior and attentiveness to eggs, whether their own or others with dedication.

Adapted to thriving in hotter climates, Ayam Cemani chickens can adapt to various temperature conditions. In colder environments, safeguarding their combs and wattles is advisable, along with the option of providing supplemental heat during winter months. Due to their acclimation to Vermont’s climate, the Ayam Cemani at our farm demonstrate resilience to different temperature ranges, showcasing their versatility and adaptability.

Feed Recommendations: we recommend starting baby chicks out with Sugar Feather Farm chick starter for the first 3 weeks, then switch to our Chicken Grower. Use the Grower Feed until they hit maturation (which is when they start to lay) then switch to Sugar Feather Farm Adult Feed

We highly recommend using the Oil of Oregano in their water daily as a supplement to aid with digestion and overall health.

Breeding Information for Ayam Cemani Chicken

Our Ayam Cemani stock comes from years of selective breeding. Our aim is to produce birds that adhere to the Ayam Cemani Breeders Association’s proposed standard of perfection, with straight combs, high fibro showing, and a gamier appearance. However, imperfections can occur, which is common due to past breeding practices.

All our Ayam Cemani are purebred, although some may exhibit traits from their Ayam Kedu ancestry. We cannot guarantee perfect birds, as breeding Ayam Cemani is complex and unpredictable. It’s important to understand that not all offspring will be solid black, and some may have “flaws” in their pigmentation. We prioritize transparency and honesty in our breeding program, striving to perfect our flock according to the working Standard. While challenges may arise, we remain dedicated to the breed and encourage thorough research for those interested in hatching eggs or acquiring birds.


The Ayam Cemani is a rare chicken breed from Java in Indonesia. The word Ayam means chicken in Indonesian, while Cemani has two possible translations: it either means entirely black, or it comes from a place called Cemani in Java.

The history of the Ayam Cemani is very unclear, and there are several versions on how they came to be. Some versions are a little scientific and some are hereditary stories, and each who believes in it has his own belief in the truth. One version from Kalikuto Village, Grabag Subdistrict, Magelang Regency, named Tjokromihardjo. Figure Tjokromihardjo, devotes a lot of his attention in the field of livestock in addition to serving as the village head. It was reported by Sunday Morning magazine that Mr. Tjokro’s knowledge in the field of animal husbandry was obtained from a course held by Dr. Douwes Dekker in 1919, in Bandung, and his correspondence with a Peruvian from Colorado, Mr. Schelter. Based on information from Mr. Tjokro’s son, Mr. Bambang Irawan  it is said that chicken kedu was obtained through the perseverance of Mr. Tjokro in crossing and making selection continuously. It is alleged that in 1835, black chickens were exported to the United States. The chicken was then developed with a good breeding program, it was able to show superior production and be used as a standard breed known as The Black Java Breed. We have seen several dates on when the Ayam Cemani came to the United States, so we really are not sure what is accurate.

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