It takes a little effort to get the perfect Ayam Cemani rooster, but when you see one of these incredible birds crowing from his favorite roosting spot, it is all worth it. An absolutely stunning bird.
I got my Cemanis as adults. I bet if I raised them from chicks they would be more friendly. They're really pretty and quiet. They like to forage so they don't eat as much as my other hens. They sure are a pain to get in the coop when it's time to be put away though!
After doing much volunteering at my daughter's ex-primary school with their huge flock of free range chickens the head gave us 4 chicks. 2 turned out to be boys. Poppy our AC was one of them. Rose, the other male, was returned to the school but my daughter sobbed that she couldn't possibly be parted from Poppy. They have a very strong bond. So here he is.
He will follow my 11 year old daughter to the ends of the earth and back. He is nice to the chickens. He is absolutely gorgeous and just loves to be cuddled, I had no idea that cockerels could be so very gentle. He doesn't seem to mind whether he is in our house or in their enclosure (we will free range them soon, just finishing up chicken-proofing it) I have read that ACs are quite flighty and our boy Poppy (his girl-name just stuck) does have very powerful wings, so we'll probably have to trim one soon to keep him contained.