Ayam Cemani Mature Roosters
When you purchase an ayam cemani cockeral, rooster or breeding pair from Gypsy Shoals Farm, you will work closely with us and actually pick your own birds from videos and photos that we will exchange with you via email.
Our ayam cemani cockerals / roosters (and all our ayam cemanis for that matter) are hand raised and very friendly.The ayam cemani is a friendly and social breed by nature with tons of personality; so get ready for some entertainment from these funky chickens. We spend tons of time with them, petting, talking and holding from hatch to maturity. Videos can be found on our Facebook Page. We love our ayam cemani cockerals and roos so it's hard for us to see one leave for a new home.
By far, the largest advantage to buying a sexually mature ayam cemani rooster is that he is already feathered and colored out, for the most part, so you can be alot more certain in regards to what he is going to look like for a breeding program. Hens are much trickier and will hide color defects in her genetic make up much more, than the males do. As far as offspring are concerned, with a male you will pretty much get the traits that you see in the father. Whereas, the offspring may not throw the traits you were hoping to bring from the mother hen. She may throw some random trait hidden down her genetic line.
With that being said, the ayam cemani has its’ challenges in any breeding program. The ayam cemanis black color occurs as a result of excess pigmentation of the tissues, caused by a genetic condition known as fibro melanosis. A genetic mutation. The genetic mutation which causes ayam cemanis to “throw” all black, is completely healthy for the chicken. However, because it is a mutation, there is always that random chance that an ayam cemani can “throw” a random colored feather, white toe nail, etc. from their genetic makeup. It’s important for anyone purchasing ayam cemanis to understand this and consider how it fits their personal circumstance. If you are starting a breeding program, you will probably not get 6 perfect chicks. I never even get 6 perfect chicks. This is where that old adage “chicken math” applies. We cannot guarantee the distribution of black pigment in the offspring you receive as each pairing will turn out different. It’s important to wait until your offspring ayam cemani chicks have at least feathered in before judging on color, toe nails, tongue. And then, they can even change again after their first molt. You can judge on quality of black skin and eye color at chick age.
The quest for the perfect ayam cemani bird is a passion we have that some might even say is unattainable, but yet we keep striving.