A New Meaning To The Term “Blackened Chicken”

This black chicken is known as the Ayam Cemani. Only recently available in the U.S., these unusual birds have captured the attention of chicken keepers.

by Cari Jorgensen

If you’re looking for a unique-looking chicken, this black chicken, the Ayam Cemani, may be for you. The Indonesian bird is all black—from its head to its feet and even on the inside. The Ayam Cemani is banned from being directly imported into the U.S. from Indonesia, but a well-known and reputable breeder, Greenfire Farms, offers the birds, Nautilus reports.

Their website states, “The Indonesian chicken breed known as Ayam Cemani takes ‘dark’ into an entirely different realm. Their feathers are black. Their skin is black. Cut open an Ayam Cemani and you’ll find black muscle anchored to black bones. Even their organs are black. And what do you get for all this unrelenting blackness? One of the most beautiful chickens in the world; a chicken so spectacular and exotic that it is referred to as the ‘Lamborghini of poultry.’”

This “Lamborghini of poultry” goes $199 for an unsexed day-old chick, plus $35 shipping and handling, according to the Greenfire Farms website. Up to 20 chicks can be shipped at a time, availability permitting.

Photo via Greenfire Farms

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