Goth Chicken: The Rare Indonesian ‘Ayam Cemani’ Is Entirely Black

The Ayam Cemani, an all-black bird indigenous to Indonesia, is the most sought-after chicken on the market right now, but not for its taste. In fact, no one would dare eat these Sith Lord birds. According to Greenfire Farms owner Paul Bradshaw, who breeds Ayam Cemani in Florida, Ayam Cemani is ‘the ‘it’ chicken right now,’ due to its inky aesthetic: its internal organs and muscles are entirely black-which means its heart is, by extension, black. Only its cream-colored eggs and blood are not black, though that would’ve been kinda cool.

The source of all this blackness is a gene mutation that emerged in Asia centuries ago and eventually made its way to Europe. The mutation produces about ten times as much melanin as you’ll find in a normal chicken. Even its chicks are goth, which is very on-brand and frankly, adorable.

In addition to being a biological wonder, the Ayam Cemani has long been regarded as a spiritual creature. Centuries ago on the Indonesian Island of Java, the birds were kept by elites or used in rituals, but never eaten; their unique coloring was thought to be a sign of their otherworldliness. There’s also a palpable magical component to the impression the chicken makes, in bright sunlight the black is iridescent with greens and purples. The effect is riveting. You can understand why native Indonesians attribute mystical power to these birds.

If you’re in the market for one of these bad boys, it’ll cost you. Greenfire Farms sells unsexed eggs for $199 a pop. Juvenile males and females are $400 a piece, and they’re already sold out.

Goth Chicken: The rare indonesian Ayam Cemani is entirely black

Goth Chicken: The rare indonesian Ayam Cemani is entirely black

Goth Chicken: The rare indonesian Ayam Cemani is entirely black

Goth Chicken: The rare indonesian Ayam Cemani is entirely black

Goth Chicken: The rare indonesian Ayam Cemani is entirely black

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