Black Chickens

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No, you’re not mistaken, this is an all black chicken. It’s called an Ayam Cemani, a breed that originated from the island of Java in Indonesia. Ayam means “chicken” and Cemani means “local village.” What makes this species so unique is that it is entirely black – feathers, beak, comb, eyes and tongue. Even the bird’s internal organs, meat and bones are black. The colour occurs due to a genetic condition known as fibromelanosis – an excess pigmentation of the tissues. Contrary to popular belief, the chicken’s blood is not black, it’s a very dark red. The Ayam Cemani is a friendly, intelligent animal whose docile personality makes it less intimidating than its outward appearance might suggest. Considered to be a good luck charm in Indonesia, this chicken is still used by some to make traditional medicines.

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