- Breed Purpose:
- Climate Tolerance:
- Egg Productivity:
- ± 70 eggs annually
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Cream to tan
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Breed Size:
- Large fowl
Mystical, unusual, rare and shrouded in mystery, the Ayam Cemani breed is hard to ignore, or forget, once seen in the flesh. The word "Cemani" means "total black" and best describes this unusual breed that is rumoured to be black as tar right down to it's organs! Pure Cemanis sport black combs, wattles, skins and feathers. A look inside their mouths should show a black tongue as well.
Originally from Indonesia, off the island of Java, the breed is shrouded in mystery. Little is known about the origin of the breed, except that they have been used for centuries by warriors and shamans as sacrifices, or to bring good luck and wealth to their owners. The breed was reintroduced to Europe by a Dutch breeder by the name of Jan Steverink and has since been introduced to the United States as well. Pure Cemanis are highly sought after and steadily gaining popularity with breeders in Europe, the UK and USA.
Ayam Cemani egg
Ayam Cemani chicks
Ayam Cemani juvenile
Ayam Cemani hens
Ayam Cemani rooster
For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-ayam-cemani.1072107/
Chicken Breed Info:
Broodiness: Not typically broody
General Egg Info:
Egg Color: Light Brown to White
Breed Colors / Varieties: All Black
Chicken Breed Photos:
Recent User Reviews
Pros - curious
hen is friendly
Cons - rooster is not friendly at all
I have 2 ayams, Phil (roo) and Lil (hen) they were sooo funny as chicks, I'd let them out during the summer when they were growing up while I cleaned the coop everyday, and they'd jump on my back and chill- then they stopped once they got bigger (like 7-9 weeks) and Phil turned skiddish, and so did Lily. For a good while they both never wanted pets, and Phil is/was on the bottom of the pecking order. Currently Phil still is at the bottom of the pecking order because he tries to fight all my hens, and he's still skiddish, as for Lily she's actually pretty friendly again, and she loves occasional pets, as for eggs they not super big.
Pros - Beautiful docile relatively sturdy and cold tolerant
Cons - Smaller eggs=smaller chicks and can get trampled easier if mixed with larger chicks in brooder
We have bred and sold them for a couple of years now and they are really wonderful birds. Obviously beautiful but also more docile and cold hearty than one might assume from their exotic.
"Best hen in my flock..."
Pros - Docile and friendly, with an excellent personality and stunningly beautiful.
Cons - Not a reliable layer and expensive.
View attachment 1247927 View attachment 1247928 View attachment 1247929 View attachment 1247930 View attachment 1247930 View attachment 1247927 View attachment 1247928 View attachment 1247929 View attachment 1247930 Becky, my super goth ayam cemani hen, is hands down the nicest bird in my flock. She came out of some hatching eggs I got from feather lover farms a few years ago and was the only female! Becky comes a runnin' to me when I go outside for attention and worms. It's hilarious. Sometimes she'll even jump on my lap. Highly recommend these birds as pets and as an addition to your flock. Since she doesn't lay reliably, I wouldn't recommend as the only type of chicken.