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. Details: Origin: Indonesia Purpose: Ornamental Egg laying: ± 70 eggs annually Broodiness: Poor Climate tolerance: Fair Weight: Cock: 4.4 - 7.7 lb Hen: 3.3 - 4.4 lb Pic by @cafrhe Pic by sumi Pic by sumi Pic by @Pyxis BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/ayam-cemani-chicken BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1047687/ayam-cemani-breeding-discussion/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/862688/the-american-cemani-breeders-club-open-forum/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/849946/ayam-cemani-pure-black-chicken-inside-and-out/0_30 Do you own Ayam Cemanis? Are you an Ayam Cemani breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!