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Minecraft Chicken

Chickens are common passive mobs in Minecraft. You can breed chickens to harvest feathers, eggs, and of course raw chicken. Chickens are the easiest animals to breed because seeds are more plentiful than wheat and they generate eggs which can be thrown to make chicks. Chickens have one of the lowest health values in the game, beat only by various fish. Chicken eggs are used to make different food items in the game like cake or pumpkin pie.

Adult Chickens: Two Full Hearts, Baby Chicks: One Full HeartAdult Chickens: 0-2 Feathers, 1 Raw Chicken, Baby Chicks: NothingAdult Chickens: Grass blocks with light level 7 or higher, Baby Chicks: Grass blocks with light level 7 or higher.Adult Chickens: 1-3 EXP orbs, Baby Chicks: Nothing


Chickens have a white body and small yellow legs. They also have red wattles under their mouths.

minecraft chicken

They also have wings that will flap anytime they are falling or jumping over a block. If you are close enough to a chicken you can hear the chicken idly clucking. Baby chicks are identical to adult chickens, just much smaller.



Chickens will wander aimlessly but will avoid falling off of cliffs. This is interesting as chickens are immune to fall damage, flailing their wings as they slowly descend to the ground. If damaged the chicken will run quickly away from the source of the damage. If a chicken is in a loaded chunk the chicken will lay an egg every 5-10 minutes. If the player is close enough to the chicken you can hear an audible β€œpop” sound indicating an egg was laid nearby.

minecraft chicken

If you are holding any seeds, the chicken will look at and follow you until you get too far away or break line of sight.

How to Breed Chickens in Minecraft

There are two ways you can breed chickens in Minecraft. If you have a chicken in a pen you can wait for it to lay an egg. Every egg you throw has a β…› chance of spawning a chick.

minecraft chicken

If you manage to find two chickens you can feed them both any seeds in the game to have them start breeding

minecraft chickens breeding

If seed is in the in-game name, you can feed it to chickens. Feeding a baby chicken seeds will accelerate their growth by 10%.

How to Tame a Chicken in Minecraft

Unfortunately there is no way to tame a chicken and have it follow you around and sit like you can with a wolf. You can hold seeds to have nearby chickens follow you, but they will lose interest as soon as you walk away or break line of sight.

minecraft chicken

The best you can do is set up a pen and lead the chickens into it. Be careful that foxes do not get in your pen!


Do thrown eggs inflict damage?


Thrown eggs do no damage but will aggro neutral mobs. Just like snowballs, they are not very good for fighting, but can make for a fun multiplayer experience by throwing eggs at each other. You can throw chicken eggs into your chicken coop without worry, the chickens hit by the eggs will run and seem like they took damage, but thrown eggs will deal zero hearts of damage.

What do you feed chickens in Minecraft?

Chickens will eat any kind of seeds in the game. Feeding chickens seeds are how you breed chickens and get a chicken farm started.

Do chickens lay eggs in the nether?

Chickens will lay eggs in the nether. Chickens lay eggs every 5-10 minutes, if can keep chickens in the nether if you want.

minecraft chickens in nether

It seems nothing can stop the miracle of life.

What happens if you give a chicken a diamond in Minecraft?

You cannot give a chicken a diamond. There was an April Fool’s event in the java edition of Minecraft that rarely caused a diamond chicken to spawn instead of a regular chicken. This chicken would lay diamonds and lapis lazuli instead of eggs, but would explode if aggroed.

How high can chickens jump in Minecraft?

Chickens are able to jump one block in height. They cannot jump over fences which register as one and a half blocks high. A chicken can fall from the sky and safely land on bedrock as chickens do not take fall damage.

Did you know?

In Bedrock edition, baby zombies will search out nearby chickens to ride them into battle. While a baby zombie is riding a chicken, the chicken will move at the speed of the baby zombie. In java edition some baby zombies will spawn already riding a chicken.


Foxes will attack any nearby chickens and can jump higher than the one and a half blocks of fences! Keep you chickens contained and your pen’s walls high to prevent foxes from massacring your chickens.

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