It’s black on the outside and black on the inside thanks to a condition called fibro melanosis, a genetic mutation that causes extra melanin to seep into the bird’s tissue.
The harmless mutation makes Ayam Cemani one of the rarest species on the planet. Currently, Greenfire Farms is one of the most well-known and reputable breeders of Ayam Cemani in the U.S. where you can purchase these chickens from.
Indonesia Cemani has long inspired Javanese folklore beginning in the 12th century when it was seen exclusively as a bird for elites.
And get this, even the blood of the bird bleeds black. Many believed that the blood awarded them power and wealth.