Black Sumatra Chicken

(20 customer reviews)

As low as: $5.98

Hatching on July 17, 2024

Order now for estimated delivery by July 20, 2024.

  • Black Sumatra – Sold as Baby Chicks Only – No Sexing Available
       Minimums – Not Sexed = 3
                                Total of 3 birds to ship
 Seasonal/Shipped Feb thru mid August


Breed Facts

  • Poultry Show Class: All Other Standard Breeds, Orientals Class
  • Weights: Hen ——-4 lbs
    Rooster—-5 lb
    Pullet——-3 1/2  lbs
    Cockerel—4 lbs
  • Purpose: Ornamental, Egg Laying;Exhibition
  • Egg Shell Color: White
  • Egg Production: Fair
  • Egg Size: Small
  • Temperament: Active
  • Fertility Percentage: 40-55%
  • Broody: Setter
  • Mating Ratio: 9 Females to 1 Male
  • Roost Height: 4+ feet
  • Country of Origin: Asia, Island of Sumatra
  • APA: Yes, Recognized by American Standard of Perfection in 1883
  • TLC: Yes, Threatened Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.
  • Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of pure Black Sumatra since 1979.


Cackle Hatchery® offers multiple varieties of the Sumatra chicken, including the Black Sumatra. There are a few things that are notable about this chicken’s appearance like the dark to black skin on their face and long tail with black plumage. Originally bred to be a fighting chicken in Southeast Asia, it was admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in the late 1800s. You can place your order and we will ship them to you as soon as possible. For additional details about this chicken breed, contact Cackle Hatchery® today!

Newbie Note: There are some white feathers in their 1st and 2nd stage feathering which is normal but by the 6th month they are solid black feathers.


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20 reviews for Black Sumatra Chicken

  1. Tami

    Love our babies

    Our black Sumatras hatched 5/18/20. Received 5/20/20. Ordered 4 received 5. Sadly 2didnt make it very long but the others are doing amazing. They will eat out of my hand and run towards me when I walk into their room. Can not wait for them to grow into the beautiful birds I know they will be. We were so happy I ordered the last suprise box of the year. Have recommended your site to several people and will definitely order more.

  2. Kayla

    Sumatra chicks

    These are actually very friendly chicks considering they are game chickens. They all arrived healthy and very lively. We will definitely be ordering again from crackle hatchery. These are my favorite by far! Thank you!

  3. Doug

    9 months old, going strong

    I needed a few extra birds to round up my order. I bought these on a whim; understanding they are not the best layers, because of their coloration.

    Ordered 3, one was a roo. At first they were extremely skittish, they have since calmed down. I have a mixed flock of 30 birds who free range over 3 acres. The only issue I have is my other rooster is substantially bigger than the female sumatras. I was worried about mating due to the size difference, however the girls seem to be holding their own. I live in the northeast of PA, they have managed the cold temperatures well, I do not heat the coop.

    Zero issues with them returning to the coop at night.

    When the sun hits their feathers, they are stunning birds!

  4. No Name

    Great service

    This order came very quickly. I only lost a few after arrival, which is to be expected. I wasn’t very pleased with these chickens. Unfortunately, a cougar in my area decide does to have some sport and killed all of my chickens. I will be ordering from cackle hatchery again!

  5. LMask

    Great Chickens

    I received 4 Sumatra’s in my mix that I bought. All were healthy and were great to raise. Have all 4 still love to watch them. Will get more when it’s time.

  6. Wolfee

    Superb Birds

    Were a little leery of the breeds historical hype, but we are very experienced/knowledgeable bird nerds & thought we could handle seeing for ourselves- The hype was nonsense, MY GOODNESS. Wonderful experience- we got several of this breed in our order, got 1 rooster (which is perfect & usually doesn’t statistically happen), as a poult he began to grow so strikingly beautiful & his ‘crow’ call so uniquely different from our spitzhaubens & polish. We were expecting his feathers to be all black with the green iridescence in most peoples pictures, he ended up growing two super bright red feather markings on his back above his flanks- they look like some type of beast slashed him with a clawed hand (we of course made absolute certain he wasn’t injured multiple times, the unique feathers look like a realistic theater makeup job of stereotypical image of a claw slash marks).. If you asked a little boy to draw the coolest looking rooster he could think of, this bird would be the imaginative drawing. He looks so stealthy & regal, like an all-black sports car with detailing that flashes bright shines of green in the blackness, like beetle wings. They all make noises sometimes which sound like you would hear coming from a loon on a lake somewhere up north or a native flute, whereas other chickens make mainly various clucks. The sumatras we got, personality-wise, are not overtly cuddly like a puppy but they behave well, were raised appropriately so they handle as good as any other chicken, you should give them the most amount of space that you can offer them in your shelter structure, run, &/or enclosure. (as for any bird- do not crowd, but that’s especially important for the more intelligent/natural breeds like Sumatras). Their beaks & talons being darker colored do not make it any harder to trim for anyone experienced in bird well-being maintenance. We tell some of our Sumatra hens apart by subtle color differences on their feet & claws, some hens have bright yellow markings on their palms, or a couple certain light colored claws among otherwise dark ones. Overall highly satisfied with our order.

  7. Beautiful Roo and 2 Hens

    Absolutely love my Black Sumatra’s

    All my chicks arrived perfect in their little cozy shopping container. I love them all but these Sumatra’s are my favorite! My Roo is a great addition to my 15 hens, he is a good protector and has the most beautiful crow! The hens lay small white eggs about every other day but are just gorgeous to look at. They have hues of purple and green and look like black silk. I’m very happy I chose this breed as an addition to my flock.

  8. Shellie

    Nice birds

    Bought some black and splash Sumatras after receiving a blue in each of the 2 Surprise Boxes we got this year (2019). Nice birds! Friendly and beautiful. As straight runs, we recieved real close to 50% in pullets.

  9. Wendy

    I love these birds! Unique and gorgeous

    I love these birds! These are beautiful birds. I ordered 5, ended up with 4 hens and a roo. Perfect. They are mellow

  10. Shelia

    Happy healthy babies!

    Super shiny and healthy!

  11. Licorice is their named lol

    Black sumatras

    I have had these chickens in the past
    They are gorgeous with the black feathers and the blues, greens and purple hues in the sunlight.
    They are quiet, small and really are interesting because they really dont.look like a chicken

  12. MCP

    My Favorite Fowl

    Ordered around 10. All made it safely and healthy. This is my favorite chicken and they always have spunk and personality. Not the best egg layer but I do not order them for that. They are a great addition to my flock and I always try to keep them around.

    I have ordered them from McMurray and Cackle but Cackle did a better job ensuring they were sent healthy.

  13. chiquitita230

    Gorgeous but ALL ROOS

    Ordered 5, knowing these were straight run, but every single bird was a roo! I was hoping for at least 1 hen. Gorgeous roos, but way too many for a “luck of the draw” order. Beware if you don’t want roos.

  14. Glen

    Excellent birds!

    I ordered 25 Chuck’s and they all lived, usually a person will loose a few weak chicks. Some have some white feathers don’t worry they will all molt out black. As youngsters they are very wild, but they really mellow out nice. Mine well follow me back to the coop after free ranging and some will even eat out of my hand. These birds once mature are black with brilliant green sheen. They are not black like a crow. They have a nice typical crow, and are good foragers. Not great egg layers but these are awesome birds. Mature roosters will get a somewhat red rose combe but it is small. Sub adult hen and rooster can be hard to tell apart. Look at feather length over the saddle and nape of neck.

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  16. Heather F

    Unfortunate start, great ending

    I ordered 3 black Sumatra and 3 white Yokohama chicks. When they arrived, the post office called me at 6 am, I picked them up at 6:30. When I got them home to the brooder, I found they hadn’t all made it. I lost another the next day. I contacted the company and was offered a refund or replacement with additional order to meet the minimum order. I ended up getting blue Sumatra and more Yokohama since the black were backordered a few weeks. I now have two healthy flocks and I’m working on their coop and run when they’re ready to see the real world. This company really came through. The shipping gets costly, but how they package to keep the little ones safe must get costly.

  17. Hi


    Wow! My chicks just arrived. They are really pretty, and in great condition. The packaging was shocking it was so well! They were also really sweet, they ate out of my hand and were drinking within 15 minutes. They of corse were really sleepy at the end of rhe day. I really do recommend this program, you will not be let down.

  18. Jessica

    Beautiful chicks

    I am very happy with the look and condition of our Sumatra chicks we received from Cackle Hatchery today. They came when they were supposed to, in a clean box and peeping chicks. All are bright and appear to be healthy as well as eating and drinking. Thank you!!

  19. Carrie New York May 2010


    I wanted to let you know that our chicks arrived!! I was very impressed with the packaging and service from your company. Right now they are all doing well and we are the most excited.

  20. Michael New York May 2011


    I am letting you know I received my chicks today. They were all healthy and are eating, drinking and sleeping. Thank You Very Much.

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