*GreenFire Farms Blood Line VS Feather Lover Farms Blood Line?: For the famous all black chickens, we sell 2 different bloodlines. The FLF line is more rare than the GFF line and is in very limited supply. The FLF line tends to look more wild with less chick fuzz than the GFF line and also tend to have darker black pigment. Please compare photos of our adult breeders for reference. 

*Orders must have 3 chicks minimum for Live Arrival Guarantee.

* Ship Date: Chicks are shipped weekly. Your chicks will hatch & ship on one of the Mondays-Wednesdays of your “estimated ship month”. 


The rarest and most sought after chicken breed on the planet! Our GreenFire Farms Ayam Cemani bloodline, that we sell, were first imported into the US and featured on Time Magazine in 2014 wearing million dollar jewelry. Ayam Cemani originate in Indonesia and are known to have black feathers, black skin, black comb, black wattles, black flesh, black organs and black bones.

This makes this breed one of the most beautiful chickens on the planet, hailing them as “The Lamborghini of Poultry.”

In Indonesia, the black chickens are known for their mystical healing powers due to their black hyper-pigmentation.

The hens lay a surprisingly abundant amount of eggs, 80-120 eggs each year. Their eggs are unusually large proportion compared to the hen’s body, making them a low feed cost breed with excellent egg laying capability. The birds pictured here are our breeding stock and were selected from many Ayam Cemani birds for their exceptionally black features.

However, it is important to understand that not all Ayam Cemani offspring grow up to be solid black, even with solid black parents. We cannot guarantee the distribution of black pigment in the offspring you receive as each chick will turn out different.

Our Ayam Cemani are cold & hot weather hardy, low maintenance, tame and easy to handle.

In 2014, Ayam Cemani, the famous black chickens, were first legally imported into the United States by Greenfire Farms despite the current USDA export ban on importing birds from Indonesia. We have high quality unrelated breeding pens of Ayam Cemani that should produce healthy and beautiful chicks for many generations to come.

The birds featured here on our website are some of our breeding stock and were selectively chosen for their exceptionally dark black features.

Some of our customers have claimed first place blue ribbon prizes at poultry show competitions with their Ayam Cemani chicks they received from us.

If you want to own the rarest chicken breed on the planet, look no further.


Origin: Indonesia
Type: Standard Large Fowl
Size: Large (5-7 lbs)
Rarity: Extremely Rare
Colors: Black
Egg Laying: Good (3-4/week, 80-120/year)
Egg Color: Cream, Light Tan
Egg Size: Medium
Unique Feature: World’s Only All Black Chicken Inside & Out

Cold Hardiness: Ok Winter Tolerance
Heat Tolerance: Great Heat tolerance
Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: Yes, Sometimes
Personality: Very human friendly, curious and docile


Straight Run Chicks: Straight Run Chicks are un-sexed, randomly selected and each chick has a 50/50 chance of being a male or female.

Shipping: You will receive an automatic email and text message when your chicks ship along with tracking info.

Chicks usually arrive in the morning 1-2 days later and your local Post Office will call you for pickup. Chicks are never delivered to your home address, even if you used a home address for your shipping address.

What I Need: Everything you need can usually be purchased at your local feed store. Chick starter feed, waterer, brooder (cardboard box, plastic storage bin, bathtub, or even a kiddie pool are popular), pine shavings, thermometer and a heat lamp or heat source. Baby chicks require heat of about 95 degrees their first week of life. Second week you can lower the temperature to 90 degrees and so on with every week going down 5 degrees until 6-8 weeks old or when they are ready to go “outside”.

How Do My Chicks Survive Shipment?: Baby chicks do not need food or water for the first 72 hours of life. Ingesting their yolk sac gives them the nutrition they need to survive the journey from Feather Lover Farm’s hatching facility to you! Shipping day-old chicks helps ensure a safe arrival since they will usually be just 2 days old when you receive them.

Our packaging is professional with a brand new chick shipping box, nesting material and warm long lasting heat packs depending on the time of the year. Your chicks will look like they just hatched out of a nest when you open the box and jump into your arms, thinking you are their mother hen!


The beginnings of the Ayam Cemani are vague, to say the least.  It possibly originated in Sumatra, where the original breed is now extinct.

The Ayam Cemani is often associated with a group of breeds known as Kedu from the central plains of Java.

It is believed to be an offshoot of the Ayam Bekisar chicken, which lives on a small island in Indonesia.

The Ayam Bekisar originated from matching the green jungle fowl with some domesticated red jungle fowl.

This was a tricky process as certain crosses will be infertile.

Interestingly, this group of fowl has a very distinct crow and was used by seafarers as foghorns on the boats – a practice still used today.

Even the name has confused meanings: Ayam means chicken in the Indonesian language, but Cemani can either mean the ‘village of Cemani’ in local dialect or ‘solid black’ in Sanskrit. You can take your pick.

It is said by some folks to be a landrace bird, but there is evidence that it was a developed breed at some point. It is not a chicken of the ‘common people.

People of wealth and community standing have these birds as status symbols and take great care of them.

They are thought of as good luck charms, with the blood and other parts of the bird being used in traditional medicine preparations.

The Ayam Cemani is said to have magical powers and facilitate communication between the living and the spirit world.

As such, it is used as a sacrificial bird to please the gods. Its’ flesh is rarely eaten in Indonesia.

They were first imported to Europe in 1998 by a Dutchman named Jan Steverink.

Ayam Cemani Appearance and Breed Standard

Ayam Cemani Rooster
Ayam Cemani Rooster


Ayam Cemani is a striking sight. Their all-black feathers have a beetle-green iridescence in sunlight that is stunning.

They are not an overly large fowl; the boys weigh in around 4.5-6.5lb, with the girls coming in at 3.5-4.5lb, respectively, so more of a medium-sized bird.

In appearance, they are strong and muscular with close-fitting feathers, not unlike a game bird. They strike a confident pose and are always alert.

Breed Standard

As of now, the Ayam Cemani is not recognized by the American Poultry Association. The US Ayam Cemani club is currently working on a standard of perfection for this breed.

The standard description below is from the Dutch standard of perfection.

  • The bird should stand upright, alert – almost ‘game-like.
  • The body is of medium size, slim, firm, and muscular.
  • It will have a fairly broad breast and a medium back, which slopes from the neck. The wings are long and strong, arising from wide shoulders.
  • The tail is held moderately high. Thighs are powerful and muscular. The bird should have 4 toes to each foot.
  • Feathers are all black and are close-fitting to the body. Skin, eyes, wattles, and comb should all be black. You should see no other color.
  • The feathers may show a beetle-green to purple iridescence in sunlight.

Temperament and Disposition of BUY AYAM CEMANI CHICKENS FOR SALE

Ayam Cemani Pullet
Ayam Cemani PulletCemani’s in general, seems to be a friendly and likable bird. They are intelligent, gentle, and docile – including the roosters.Ayam Cemani breed has been described as flighty, but most people who have them or raise them to say this is not so. They are easy to handle and low maintenance fowl.They are quite a winter hardy shaking off the Vermont winters easily when given the appropriate housing and shelter.

Since they originated in Indonesia, it will go without saying that they can tolerate heat pretty well also.

Ayam Cemani Egg Laying

The Ayam Cemani is a fairly poor egg layer. On average, they will lay around 80 eggs per year, which is around 1 egg per week.

They do seem to go ‘off lay’ for an extended period of time. Apparently, they will lay 20-30 eggs and then stop laying.

This can be up to 6 months, and then they will start all over again!

Compared to the size of the hen, the eggs are quite large, and they are cream-colored with a very slight pink tint (not black).

I have seen several photos that show black eggs – rest assured, these are fake eggs.

Some folks state they aren’t broody, and yet others say they can be broody. This may be due to differences in the bloodlines obtained.

They tend to make good mothers and care well for their chicks.


There aren’t any health issues that I could discover, but this is a good place to describe the fibromatosis of the Ayam Cemani.

The bird has a mutant fibromelanistic gene – a gene that deposits excessive black pigment.
This abnormal accumulation of melanin makes the skin and tissues appear black.

Three other birds only carry this genetic trait – the Silkie, the Svart Hona from Sweden, and the Kadaknath – a chicken of the Madhya Pradesh region of India.

The blood is red but said to be darker than normal, although the bone marrow is black.
In all other aspects, the Ayam Cemani is a healthy and robust bird.

It does not seem to be prone to any particular chicken ailment.


If you would like to add a couple of these black beauties to your flock, you had better save your pennies.

An unsexed chick from them will set you back $230.00, or a sexed juvenile is a cool $500.00 – not for the faint of heart or anyone short of funds!

Of course, you can get cheaper birds, but they will usually be of inferior quality – as always, buyer-beware.

Described as friendly but not particularly ‘cuddly,’ so it is not really a lap chicken. They will take feed from your hand, so they certainly are not stand-offish with people.

Many people buy them as pets or eye candy – they certainly are unusual and noteworthy.


The Ayam Cemani has probably been around for a hundred years or so, at best guess, but has only come to the attention of chicken lovers fairly recently in the 1990s.

Since that time, they have captured the imagination and hearts of many folks.
Contributing to the rareness of the bird is the ongoing threat of Avian Influenza.

As much of the breeding stock comes from Indonesia, the US importation restrictions are severe to prevent further outbreaks of the disease.


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