What is black chicken?

What's black chicken, exactly? I'm not talking about blackened chicken, black chicken is probably a different species or a sub-species of a chicken, but I can't find an exact definition for it. It's used for cooking.

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Black chicken is better known as a Silkie. I don't know if it belongs to the same biological species as the normal chicken, but I guess you're right and it's a different species -- at least it looks very different. It has black skin and bones, it has stronger taste than normal chicken, and it's used mostly in the Asian kitchen. You can read

a good article about the Silkie from the NY Times.

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I didnt know either and searched the web. Here's what I've found.....

black chicken is called a "silkie" bantam because of the construction of its feathers, which lack the usual forms of webs to give the appearance of silky hair, and are prized for their gentle barnyard nature 

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Please see feathersite.com. It lists a variety of breeds that have blackskin, and flesh. There are pictures of each breed and yes, they are chickens. Not a different species, just a breed of chicken selectively bred through the years to produce specific characteristics such as the soft feathers, black skin, bones and flesh. They are considered a gamebird which may account for their taste... it may also be because of their diet. If you go to feathersite make sure to look up the ayam cemani. It is a true black chicken. Everything about it is black: blood, skin, feathers, comb, legs, toes, internal organs... beautiful yet kinda creepy.

black chicken is also called Taihe chicken,we believe soup made from black chicken has medicinal properties that are especially helpful to women.

found this on wiki

The Silkie (sometimes spelled Silky) is a breed of chicken named for its unique, fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot (most chickens only have four). They are often exhibited in poultry shows, and come in several colors (red, buff, blue, black, white, and partridge).

In addition to their distinctive physical characteristics, Silkies are well known for their calm, friendly temperament. Among the most docile of poultry, Silkies are considered an ideal pet. Hens are also exceptionally broody, and make good mothers. Though they are fair layers themselves, only laying about three eggs a week, they are commonly used to hatch eggs from other breeds and bird species.

Silkies most likely originated in China, but Southeast Asia is also sometimes proposed. The first written account of the breed comes from Marco Polo, who mentioned chickens with fur-like plumage in his Asian travelogues in the 13th century. The Renaissance author Ulisse Aldrovandi also spoke of chickens akin to Silkies. Today, the breed is recognized for exhibition, and is fairly common in the poultry world.

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