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 You will be memorized by the holographic shimmers of translucent luster of beetle greens and purples as the sun dances  reflecting off the natuaral oils in their onyx feathers. This ultra-rare chicken is known for being all black (black comb, waddles, black legs, toe nails, black beak, tongue, black muscle tissue, organs, and black bones. Thanks to their black color which absorbs sunlight, they do great in cold, harsh climates.


Your order will be fulfilled with a hen from the hatch date you select. This means she might be laying now or will gift your family with eggs soon.  


Feather Colors: The reason these rare chickens are pure black is because of a genetic condition called fibro melanosis which is caused by a mutation that affects how pigment producing cells work. The goal for rare breed enthusiasts is to improve the breed to have offspring consistently completely black.  Not every Onyx Sundance posses exhibit quality traits. 


Personality:  Kid friendly


History:   The Onyx Sundance was created through bloodlines of Ayam Cemanis, black silkies, and black austrolorps.  The goal to improving the breed is the large frequent egg laying of the Australorp, the friendliness and unique 5 toes of a silkie (on occasion a Onyx may have a crest), the fibro melanosis black trait unquie to silkies and Ayam Cemanis, and the weather enduring feathers of the Ayam and the Australorps.  

Hen: Onyx Sundance

Only 6 left in stock
  • Most families are attracted to obtaining their chickens from us because we are proud to be completely different than typical feed store/ hatchery industry standards. Industry standard is to sex as accurately as possible and sell as pullets (female chicks) and force customers to accept a >10% chance of an accidental rooster without the ability to accept returns nor refunds. In addition, industry standard is to sell bantams (such as silkies) as straight runs since they are too small for safe vent sexing. We offer multiple sexing options.



    If you are lucky enough to have a rooster, our male sexing option is a great way to save money on a wonderful breed.



    This option means that the chicks have not yet been sexed and are sold as a straight run. While nature usually averages half girls and half boys in high volumes, families should only order if prepared for >50% possible roosters.


    Female Coverage

    This is our most economical choice for families seeking a female. We kept city ordinances that restrict rooster ownership in mind. This option is great for families that want to enjoy a backyard flock of ladies. We use traditional sexing methods on the breeds that capable of being vent sexed, home accidental roosters, and issue store credit of original purchased price. To learn more about how we sex baby chicks based on their breed view: How to Sex Chickens.


    Depending on the breed, sexing accuracy can range as low as 50% for bantam breeds, 90% for standard breeds, and as high as 95% for auto sexing breeds. Our female coverage option is not a service fee for sexing the chick, it is the cost difference between purchasing a male or a female chicken. We do not believe in grinding males alive nor suffocating them as day olds to enable a profit when selling a stated female chick at ridiculously low prices. Thus, our female pricing takes into consideration the male left behind with each female purchased. Male chicks are typically half the price of a female.


    To qualify for rehoming, the rooster must remain in perfect health. If the family decides to return the rooster, a store credit in the amount of original purchase price is provided. As a family, you are welcome to decide to keep any accidental rooster and forfeit the credit.


    DNA Sexed Female Chicks

    For families that get emotionally bonded quickly and do not want to risk a future discovery of a rooster, we offer DNA sexing. DNA sexing is the only true accurate method of sexing baby chicks. DNA testing is a significantly higher financial investment. In most cases, it is 3x the cost as (1) female sex covered chick.



    Balance accuracy with financial investment

    The sexing decision is one that needs to be made at time of purchased and the original order cannot be altered once the order is fulfilled. It is important as a family to determine the right balance between sexing accuracy and financial investment for your family’s situation.


    We provide as much information on our website as possible to ensure families make an informed decision based on their situation and lifestyle. Some breeds are more accurate in sexing and most families find our female coverage adequate in providing a free home for their accidental rooster (up to $100 savings) and use the store credit towards a replacement or our organic feed. While harder to sex bantam breeds, or families that know they will develop a with strong emotional attachment prefer to invest in DNA sexing.


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