Farmer Notices Eggs About To Hatch, But Wasn’t Prepared For This Rare Chicken

Almost all of us have at one point in our lives seen an ordinary chicken, they’re simply orangey brown with variations of red and white speckles. Those would be normal, yes?

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And their eggs, when laid, would be standardly white or brown. Yet there is a chicken that can hatch out of a standard egg without being standard at all. In fact, it could be a rare black chicken. So you say you’ve seen a black chicken before, but it was probably a black-feathered chicken and wasn’t entirely black from beak to toe. This is a real rare black chicken. Everything of the chicken is black.

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From the muscles and bones to its skin, beak, legs and even feet! Thus of course the meat of the chicken is black as well. Natively the black chicken is Indonesian, known as Ayam Cemani (Indonesian for “chicken” is Ayam and Javenese for “completely black” is Cemani). A condition called Hypermelanosis is the cause for the complete black coloring. Hypermelanosis causes the dark traits within the species, in contrast to the normal coloring, making the chicken look black-blue in color.

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It is a mutation occurring genetically that causes the production of more than the normal amount of melanin in the species. It is very rare among the animal kingdom. Fortunately, hypermelanosis is a condition that causes no harm to the chicken, it just alters the coloring. As hatchlings, they are pitch black, even inside their mouths the pigmentation is altered. The feathers even have a metallic shine to them.

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With all the excess melanin the Indonesians consider them charms that will bring upon them power, wealth and the best fortune. They have been sacrificed, as they believe the dark chickens to have powers of a mystical sense and would thus bring upon them luck and good fortune. These Ayam Cemani, evidently rare, are worth anything around $200(normally you could buy 15 chickens for just $85). Is that worth it for mutated poultry? $200 for just a chicken? Really?