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We can’t decide whether this is the chicken you buy for your best friend or worst enemy. At any rate, the exotic Ayam Ketawa, with its maniacal laughing vocalizations, will leave an indelible impression on both.
Ayam Ketawa Day-Old Chick Unsexed59.00
Ayam Ketawa Eggs
In stock: 10
Breed History

The Ayam Ketawa, or laughing chicken, was created in the South Sulawesi Province of Indonesia and are so revered in their native Indonesia that until recent times they could only be owned by the royal family. Their remarkable crowing –which sounds more asylum than barnyard — is a cherished cultural touchstone in Indonesia, and each year a national award for superior crowing is awarded with much fanfare to the best Ayam Ketawa.

This breed belongs to a group of chickens known as longcrowers. The Ayam Ketawa is more unique than other longcrowers due to the vocalizations that resemble a human laugh.

Appearance and Behavior

In appearance, the birds tend to have the red-shouldered color pattern in black or white, but appearance is secondary in importance to the sounds the birds make. The hens normally weigh about 5 pounds at maturity and the roosters weigh about 7 pounds at maturity.

We have noticed that the hens do become broody. The hens aren't prolific layers and will normally lay about 180 eggs per year. This breed loves space and tends to be flighty. They are also very active foragers. The roosters seem to do very well at a rooster-to-hen ratio of about 1:12.

Breed Standard

There isn't a standard for the breed, but you can read more about them here - https://web.archive.org/web/20140714133137/http://ditjennak.deptan.go.id/berita-341-bangga-dengan-ayam-gaga%EF%BF%BD.html.

Check Out That Laugh!


We imported Ayam Ketawa in 2019 from two different bloodlines. This was one of our more difficult imports because direct importation from Indonesia is banned by the USDA because of avian influenza in that region. But, by patiently working with Ayam Ketawa breeders, we were able to engineer a legal workaround that eventually allowed us to import this rare breed. Greenfire Farms is the only source of legally imported Ayam Ketawa in the United States.

Hatching Egg Disclaimer

When hatching eggs from this breed, any chick color is acceptable. However, check the chick's toes to confirm that there isn't a 5th toe. This is very rare however it has been observed in our flock.
Egg Color tinted
Egg Size Small to Medium
Average number of eggs per year 150 - 180
Gamefowl no
Table Breeds no
Country of Origin Indonesia
Also called Gaga' or Ayam Gaga
Cold tolerant no
Year of import(s) 2018