Ogye Chicken

     The Ogye is an extremely rare and old breed of Chickens, that has been found and raised in South Korea for centuries. The bird is believed to have been developed from Cemani-like chickens, that came to the country from south-east Asia. Ogye chickens are highly prized in their country of origin, and they are usually considered as a living national treasure.

     The Ogye is a unique chicken breed with a beautiful black plumage that has an iridescent sheen. Actually, it’s a completely black bird from head to toe, with some red heus that might happen occasionally in the comb only. Also, it’s not easy to differentiate between the Ogye and the Ayam Cemani of Indonesia, as both birds inherited the same black gene. But, simply the Ogye is a very delicate bird, unlike the Ayam Cemani which is larger and has a gamey appearance.

     Despite being a small bird, the Ogye is a dual-purpose chicken, which is used for producing both eggs and meat. The bird produces high quality eggs and meat, which  represent a high-energy food source too. Ogye hens lay small white eggs of a creamy white color. The number of laid eggs and the broody nature of the hens are somewhat unclear. It’s because few farms raise the bird and they are all only in South Korea.


Place of originSouth Korea
UseDual-purpose and preservation

Male: 1.5 – 1.7 kg

female: 1.2 – 1.4 kg

Comb typeSingle comb
Skin colorBlack
Egg colorCreamy-white


1 20 - Ogye Chicken
An Ogye cockerel by Doolbob
3 12 - Ogye Chicken
An Ogye hen by Doolbob
2 19 - Ogye Chicken
Ogye chicks by Doolbob