Because I Is Black

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Due to  a genetic trait known as ‘fibromelanosis‘, everything about the rare Indonesian Ayam Cemani chicken is black: plumage, beak, legs, feet, tongue, organs, bones and meat.

Everything except its blood, which is red. Very dark red.

They retail for €1,900 each.

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35 thoughts on “Because I Is Black

  1. the good helen

    we do eat with our eyes too (Not literally I KNOW), but I wouldn’t be able to sit down to a dinner with lovely mash potatoe, some veg, and a big black chicken breast!! rotten.com

  2. Spaghetti Hoop

    They breed black chickens in England – they’re called Silkies. Apparently they’re full of flavour and breed easily but the supermarkets can’t order in decent quantities until their customers get used to the black skin. It’s like apartheid for poultry out there.

    1. Reppy

      Silkies are also tiny compared to normal size chickens. They have silk-like hairs as opposed to feathers and blue earlobes. Very broody breed will often sit on a nest even if there’s no eggs under her. Great for hatching out other eggs. Black skin and bones as well as an unusual 5 toes on each foot! Can buy them for €10-€15 at a poultry meet

  3. Sinabhfuil

    Not great layers, it seems; 80 eggs a year.
    I used to have silkie araucana crosses, adorable, sweet-natured little loves that laid blue eggs.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Just curious….are chickens like cattle; some are bred solely for dairying (laying in this case), some for slaughter?

    2. chimpy

      I like this comment because I can almost tell your tone of voice by it. im guessing you sound something like sarah millican. but i think you might look like the child catcher from chitty chitty bang bang. Lollipops!

  4. Mark Dennehy

    That’s not black. It’s just really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really dark blue.

  5. Rob

    A “generic trait”? Glad to see the big pharmaceuticals aren’t making money from this one…no name brand black chickens are JUST as tasty and JUST as full of protein as those other more “WELL KNOWN” brands!

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