How Rare Are All-Black Chickens?
It's not often that you look at an animal and think I bet all the goth kids wish they had a chicken like that meet the IM to money the Peter Murphy or Robert Smith Smith or Lydia dates or darth vader chickens. Pick your pop culture reference. All visible parts of this chickens exterior feathers beak tongue comb and talents are black back and it would seem as if darkness should end there but not so it's inky exterior is just a teaser darkness within it turns out the bones organs begins and muscles of the IMG are all black as well which in addition to their rarity explains why these birds are so popular amongst chicken aficionados. They're also dubbed the Lamborghini of poultry because the going price for these guys can range between two hundred dollars for a single egg layer hen and five thousand dollars for a full grown mating pair her native to the Indonesian island of Java. Im Toumani has been used in rituals and kept status pets by the elite for centuries. They were thought thought to have black enchanted blood. The lift curses or heal ailments strangely enough. The blood is one of the only obviously normally pigmented things about these birds aside from there cream colored eggs but when you look at an im money the superstitions around. It's being magical seemed completely rational because this chicken is gorgeous gorgeous in the sunlight. Their plumage matt black like a charcoal briquet. It's cured dozens like a Hubble telescope rendering of Nebula in deep space like looking into the most hypnotic not all covered pedal in the mall parking lot. These chickens are complete knockouts but why what could possibly cause a chicken's flesh and bones to appear to have been pickled in India ink it turns out I am to money is the world's most extreme example of a condition called dermal hyper pigmentation or fiber melanomas three other chicken varieties have this condition to varying degrees the silky Bam tim the Vietnamese Kung and the Swedish sport Kuna and I couldn't find pronunciations on those last two. I hope I didn't butcher them too. Terribly research published in two thousand eleven revealed this genetic condition causes strange behavior in chicken in embryos precursors to Melanin sites which are the cells that produce the pigment Melanin pigment that gives our human hair eyes and skin dark color usually the precursors to Mona sites in chicken embryos wind up in just the skin and eyes of the developing birds but in chickens with fiber melanomas those precursors travel throughout all the tissues of the embryo and what's more they don't shut down the usual stage instead they continue to multiply by creating way more Melania sites than usual which leads to the hyperinflation that we see in these birds once they hatch strangely enough scientists believed the mutation that leads to fiber melanomas and chickens is so unusual that it most likely happened only once in a single bird that lived thousands of years ago. No one knows how gene transfer I the globe from one jet black bird but Marco Polo wrote in twelve ninety eight about black boned chickens while he was traveling in Asia so the gene probably made its way around the world via trade routes interestingly even though the flesh I am. Toumani looks strange. It reportedly tastes just like chicken.