We are passionate and dedicated breeders of Ayam Cemani chickens. At first glance, Ayam Cemani may look like ordinary black chickens, but a closer look will show that the Ayam Cemani is black through and through - meat, bones, mouth, feathers, and skin. The extreme black pigmentation is due to a genetic mutation called fibromelanosis that happened among their ancestors in Indonesia.
Due to the genetic mutation, breeding Ayam Cemani for that completely black coloration provides quite the challenge and keeps us on our toes. Currently, the Ayam Cemani is not a recognized breed by the American Poultry Association, but we hope that will change soon.
Unlike many keepers who breed to "flip" Ayam Cemani to make a buck due to the rarity of the breed, we are active members of the Ayam Cemani Breeders Association and work towards the proposed Standard of Perfection.
Before we started breeding Ayam Cemanis, we purchased hatching eggs and chicks from over a dozen breeders to evaluate the stock available. Through our experience with a large variety of Ayam Cemani and genetic research, we were able to get a good handle on the different genetics, how they grow out, and how they show flaws.
Our chosen breeders come from beautiful blood lines and do not have comb sprigs, short legs, or fat wide bodies that are common among U.S. Ayam Cemani. However, no Ayam Cemani is perfect and our breeders are included!
When breeding, our priorities are currently in choosing for pigment expression and body type. As mentioned on our Ethical Poultry statement, we do not kill our culls and do sometimes have pet quality birds available. We do not currently ship eggs or birds.
As there is a lot of misinformation about this breed, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask any questions you may have.
Purchasing hatching eggs is a great way to add pure Ayam Cemanis to your flock at a fraction of the price. Not to mention, hatching your own eggs is always a fun and exciting process!
(Please note: Ayam Cemani eggs are a cream color - NOT black. The doctored images on social media are actually Cayuga duck eggs. Please be aware of any deceptive claims!)
There are cons that come with hatching your own eggs, of course. As mentioned, the Ayam Cemani's extreme black pigmentation is due to a genetic mutation and is not always 100% expressed. With hatching eggs, we cannot predict the level of fibromelanosis in the resulting chicks. Even with amazing breeders, a chick can hatch with a white toe tip.
If you wish to breed Ayam Cemani yourself, we recommend starting with at least 50 eggs or chicks to choose the top 5 (10%) when they are all grown for your program. Or better yet, purchase juvenile birds who have already been through the process of selection! (Believe it or not, its cheaper to buy a juvenile trio - I know from experience!)
We hatch baby chicks in the Spring and Fall, flock production permitting. Upon hatch, chicks are evaluated for health, vigor, and fibromelanosis expression. Any chicks exhibiting low vigor are separated, given special treatment, and placed in our egg/meat production flock.
For fibro checks, we look at their skin, toe nails, inside their mouth, and their vents to check the level of pigmentation. Birds that have flaws in these areas are assigned "pet quality" status and are available at a discount to non-breeder pet homes.
If pet quality chicks are not placed in pet homes, they remain on our homestead and live out happy healthy lives as part of our egg/meat production flock.
Birds that do not have flaws and have excellent vigor are available as "acceptable quality," meaning that they pass initial checks and we would keep them ourselves, if needed.
While chicks may pass initial checks and show excellent type, we cannot guarantee their quality as adults. Any dedicated breeder will tell you that Ayam Cemani can grow into better fibro expression, but they can also grow out of it. Hens have a tendency to conceal flaws well, while roosters tend to give them away via mulberry combs, patchy foot pads, feather leakage, etc.
If you need help evaluating the quality of your Ayam Cemani as they grow out, you are welcome to contact us for guidance.
It is not possible for us to sex Ayam Cemani chicks, so you will receive straight run (unsexed) chicks. Avian DNA sex testing, using blood or feathers, is available through multiple labs, if you wish to test your purchased chicks.
With Ayam Cemani, the further along they are, the fewer surprises you'll have. If you are looking to ensure that you do not purchase a rooster due to local regulations or want to add specific traits for your breeding program, Ayam Cemani juveniles are the way to go.
We are happy to work with you to choose the proper pullet or cockerel for your needs.