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For other uses, see Chicken (disambiguation).
"Baby Chicken" redirects here. For the Minecraft Dungeons mob, see MCD:Baby Chicken.
"Duck" redirects here. For the Minecraft Dungeons mob, see MCD:Duck.

A chicken is a passive mob found in grass biomes and the main source of Chicken, feathers and eggs. This mob can be attached to a lead.


Chickens spawn naturally in the Overworld in groups of four on grass blocks with 2 blocks of free space above it at a light level of 9 or more. They do not spawn in deserts, snowy plains, ice spikes, snowy slopes, meadows, wooded badlands, jagged peaks, frozen peaks and stony peaks. In Java Edition, chickens are more common in sparse jungles.

After the world generation, chickens spawn individually.

5% of chickens spawn as baby chickens.

In Bedrock Edition, chickens require a light level of 7 or more to spawn and are found in groups of two to four.

Chicken Jockey[]

Java Edition[]

Main article: Chicken Jockey

All baby zombie variants and baby zombified piglins have a 5% chance to spawn riding a Chicken, forming a chicken jockey. Because a baby zombie occurs from 5% of zombie spawns, the chicken jockey spawns consist of 0.25% of all zombie spawns in a chicken-free environment; if chickens are present, the chance increases to 0.4875%. A chicken jockey can also be spawned by using the following command:

/summon minecraft:chicken ~ ~ ~ {IsChickenJockey:1b,Passengers:[{id:"minecraft:zombie",IsBaby:1b}]}

Chicken jockeys may spawn with items equipped. Baby zombified piglin versions of the Chicken jockey always wield a golden sword. Harming or killing the chicken does not cause the zombified piglin to attack.

Bedrock Edition[]

Baby zombie jockeys do not spawn riding chickens, but check for nearby adult Chickens to mount prior to attacking a player, wandering trader, adult villager, snow golem or iron golem.


Adult Chickens that were not part of Chicken jockeys lay an egg every five to ten minutes.

When an adult Chicken is killed, it drops from zero to two feathers. The maximum is increased by one per level of Looting, for a maximum of zero to five with Looting III. The chicken also drops a raw chicken (one cooked chicken if killed while on fire). The maximum is increased by one per level of Looting, for a maximum of one to four with Looting III. 1–3 experience orbs are dropped when a Chicken is killed by a player or tamed wolf or 10 if it was part of a Chicken jockey. When two adult Chickens breed, 1–7 orbs are dropped.

Killing a baby Chicken yields no items or experience.


A Chickens wanders aimlessly but go after players holding various seeds within a six by four by six cubic area, while a baby Chicken follows adult Chickens.

Chicken following seeds

Some chickens going after a player holding wheat seeds.

Chickens avoid falling off cliffs and flap their wings when they are in middle air and fall slowly, thus Chickens are immune to fall damage.

When harmed, Chickens flee around for a few seconds.

Chickens uniquely attempt to jump up to climb stairs instead of climbing them normally.[1]

Ocelots, untamed cats[JE only] and foxes pursue and attack chickens.

While in a loaded chunk, an adult Chicken lays an egg every five to ten minutes (6000–12000 ticks), unless it is or was, a part of a Chicken jockey. If the player is close enough to a chicken when it lays an egg, a pop sound is heard.

Chickens stay underwater for 15 seconds or can swim, visibly flapping their wings and staying on the water surface. While swimming, a Chicken needs only one block of air above its head.

A chicken is 11 pixels or 0.6875 blocks tall. A chick is 5.5 pixels tall or 0.34375 blocks tall.


Main article: Breeding

If two adult Chickens are fed wheat seeds, beetroot seeds, melon seeds, pumpkin seeds, torchflower seeds, or a pitcher pod, a baby Chicken spawns. They cannot breed for 5 minutes afterward.


A baby chicken with its parents.

Chicks take 20 minutes to grow up, but the growth time can be accelerated by 10% each time it is fed seeds. A baby chick fed a seed once per second will grow up in approximately 48 seconds using 47 seeds. A baby chick fed a seed once per tick ( assuming 20 tps ) will grow up in approximatedly 3 seconds using 56 seeds.

Chicks are smaller than a half-block and can unwillingly pass through openings smaller than a full block, but do not walk through half-block-tall spaces. A chick riding a minecart cannot be hit because it is completely inside the minecart's hitbox.


Chickens are the only Overworld mob that can repopulate without breeding. Adult Chickens lay eggs at random and an egg thrown at the ground by a player or a dispenser has a 18 chance of spawning a baby Chicken. If a baby chicken spawns from a thrown egg, there is a further 132 chance to spawn three extra baby Chickens, or 1256 overall. It is theoretically possible for a stack of 16 eggs to yield 64 chickens if all spawn chances succeed for all eggs.

If the player throws an egg at a glass pane, the baby Chicken can spawn on the far side of the pane.

As Chickens can produce each other with eggs, they're perhaps the only passive mob you can farm with just a single individual, if you're willing to wait patiently and constantly throw eggs.


Java Edition:
Chickens use the Friendly Creatures sound category for entity-dependent sound events.

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Chicken clucksFriendly CreaturesRandomlyentity.chicken.ambientsubtitles.entity.chicken.ambient1.00.8-1.2
(Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Chicken diesFriendly CreaturesWhen a chicken diesentity.chicken.deathsubtitles.entity.chicken.death1.00.8-1.2
(Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Chicken hurtsFriendly CreaturesWhen a chicken is damagedentity.chicken.hurtsubtitles.entity.chicken.hurt1.00.8-1.2
(Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Chicken plopsFriendly CreaturesWhen a chicken lays an eggentity.chicken.eggsubtitles.entity.chicken.egg1.00.8-1.216
FootstepsFriendly CreaturesWhile a chicken is walkingentity.chicken.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
Friendly CreaturesRandomlymob.chicken.say1.00.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesWhen a chicken diesmob.chicken.hurt1.00.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesWhen a chicken is damagedmob.chicken.hurt1.00.8-1.2 (Baby: 1.3-1.7)
Friendly CreaturesWhen a chicken lays an eggmob.chicken.plop1.00.8-1.2
Friendly CreaturesWhile a chicken is walkingmob.chicken.step0.251.0

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierTranslation key

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key

Entity data[]

Chickens have entity data associated with them that contain various properties.

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • Entity data
    • Additional fields for mobs that can breed
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all mobs
    •  EggLayTime: Number of ticks until the chicken lays its egg. Laying occurs at 0 and this timer gets reset to a new random value between 6000 and 12000.
    •  IsChickenJockey: 1 or 0 (true/false) - Whether or not the chicken is a jockey for a baby zombie. If true, the chicken can naturally despawn, drops 10 experience upon death instead of 1-3 and cannot lay eggs. Baby zombies can still control a ridden chicken even if this is set false.

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-fancy-rawIt Spreads
Kill a mob near a Sculk Catalyst Monster HunterKill one of these 70 mobs near a sculk catalyst: Mobs that drop no experience are ignored for this advancement.adventure/kill_mob_near_sculk_catalyst
Advancement-plain-rawThe Parrots and the Bats
Breed two animals together HusbandryBreed a pair of any of these 25 mobs: A mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breedable together. Other breedable mobs are ignored for this advancement.husbandry/breed_an_animal
Advancement-fancy-rawTwo by Two
Breed all the animals! The Parrots and the BatsBreed a pair of each of these 24 mobs: A trader llama does not count as a llama, and a mule must be the result of breeding a horse and a donkey for this advancement as they are not breedable together. Other breedable mobs can be bred, but are ignored for this advancement.husbandry/bred_all_animals


Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14Chicken JE1 BE1 Chickens were added.
Chickens fall more slowly than other mobs and have a flapping animation, but still take fall damage on landing.
v1.0.17Chickens are now immune to fall damage.
Java Edition Beta
1.0Eggs are now throwable, with a chance to spawn a chicken on impact.
1.8Pre-releaseChickens now drop raw chicken. Before this, chickens dropped only feathers upon death.
Chickens now run away when attacked.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Chickens can now be bred using wheat.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 3Baby Chicken JE1 BE1 Added baby chickens.
RC1Thrown eggs can now hatch baby chickens.
1.2.112w04aOcelots now attack chickens.
12w07aChickens now have new AI to avoid hazards.
1.4.212w36aChickens now use wheat seeds, melon seeds, pumpkin seeds and nether wart instead of wheat to breed.
12w38aAdded new step sounds for chickens.
1.7.413w49aAdded chicken jockeys — baby zombies spawned riding chickens.
1.814w02aBaby chicken growth can now be accelerated using seeds.
14w33cBaby chickens can now swim.
14w34dChickens can no longer be bred using melon seeds, pumpkin seeds or nether wart.
1.915w31aChickens can now be led and bred using melon seeds, pumpkin seeds, and beetroot seeds, in addition to regular seeds.
15w43aChickens can now drop several raw/cooked chicken, if killed with a Looting-enchanted weapon.
1.1016w20aChickens no longer spawn in ice plains.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has been changed from Chicken to chicken.
A texture has been added under the chicken's head, which changes the texture from Chicken JE1 (facing NWU) to Chicken JE2 BE2 (facing NWU).[2]
1.1418w43aChicken JE2 BE2 Baby Chicken JE2 BE2 The textures of chickens and baby chickens have been changed.
19w07aAdded foxes, which pursue and kill chickens.
1.1519w37a5% of chickens now spawn as babies.
1.19.4 Pre-release 1Chickens can now be fed using torchflower seeds.[3]
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.3.0Chicken JE1 BE1 Added chickens.
Baby Chicken JE1 BE1 Baby chickens have also been added, but they do not yet spawn naturally.
v0.6.0Baby chickens now spawn naturally.
v0.7.0Chickens now lay eggs and have a 1 in 8 chance to spawn a baby chicken and a 1 in 254 chance for an egg to hatch 4 chickens.
v0.8.0build 1Baby chickens can now be spawned by throwing eggs.
Chickens can now breed.
Chickens now follow the player if the player holds wheat seeds.
v0.9.0build 1Chickens now spawn in small groups.
v0.10.0build 4Chickens no longer have a black texture on their chin due to the texture being missing, which changes the texture from Chicken BE1 (facing NWU) to Chicken JE2 BE2 (facing NWU).
v0.11.0build 1Added chicken jockeys — baby zombies spawn riding chickens.
v0.12.1build 1Added ocelots, which attack chickens.
Chickens can now drop several raw/cooked chicken, if killed with a Looting-enchanted weapon.
v0.14.0build 1Baby zombie jockeys no longer spawn riding chickens, but check for nearby adult chickens to mount prior to attacking a player, villager or golem.
v0.15.0build 1Baby husks can now mount adult chickens.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta JE2 BE2 Baby Chicken JE2 BE2 The textures of chickens and baby chickens have been changed.
1.13.0beta foxes, which attack chickens.
1.18.30beta no longer spawn in snowy taigas.
ReleaseReverted the chicken spawning change made in beta
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Chicken JE1 BE1 Added chickens.
TU5Chickens now run away when attacked.
TU7Baby Chicken JE1 BE1 Added baby chickens.
Chicken can now be bred using seeds.
TU14 1.04 Using a chicken spawn egg, baby chickens can now be spawned by using Left trigger on an adult chicken.
TU31CU19 1.22 Patch 3Baby chicken growth can now be accelerated using seeds.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Chicken JE1 BE1 Baby Chicken JE1 BE1 Added chickens.


Issues relating to "Chicken" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • When a Chicken is killed off a ledge, the corpse also falls more slowly than normal and the wings continue flapping.
  • Chickens are able to "hide" within hoppers due to their small size, which protects them from dangers like lava on top of the hopper.
  • A few weeks before the end of Java Edition Beta, Notch tweeted that he changed the Chickens to ducks,[4] causing a turmoil on Twitter. A few days later, Jeb, still getting feedback on the idea, stated that it was just a joke.[5]



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