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This article is about chicken eggs. For the similar item that spawns mobs, see Spawn egg. For other uses, see Egg (disambiguation).
Egg
Egg JE2 BE2.png
Rarity color

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (16)

Size

Height: 0.25 Blocks
Width: 0.25 Blocks

Eggs are items that can be used to craft food items, or as a throwable entity to spawn chicks.

Obtaining[]

Mob loot[]

Chickens drop an egg item every 5–10 minutes. The theoretical average would be expected at 1 egg every 7.5 minutes, or 0.1333 eggs per minute.

A fox sometimes spawns holding an egg, which it always drops upon death. Alternatively, a player dropping a food item causes the fox to drop the egg.

Chest loot[]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Egg Village Fletcher's chest 1–3 23.3%
Bedrock Edition
Egg Village Fletcher's chest 1–3 23.3%

Usage[]

Crafting ingredient[]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Cake Milk Bucket +
Sugar +
Egg +
Wheat

Empty buckets remain in the crafting grid after crafting the cake.
Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin +
Sugar +
Egg


Combat[]

Players are able to throw eggs and deal knockback to mobs, but no damage is dealt, similar to a snowball. Likewise, throwing eggs at neutral mobs provokes them. Eggs can also be fired from dispensers and are affected by gravity.

Spawning chickens[]

When thrown by a dispenser or by pressing the use button, an egg has a 18 chance of spawning a chick. If this occurs, there is a 132 chance of spawning three additional chicks (on average, 1 out of every 256 eggs spawns 4 chicks). In other words, whenever an egg is thrown, there is a 31256 chance of spawning 1 chick and a 1256 chance of spawning four chicks.

The expected value of the number of chicks an egg produces is 35256 or 0.137. This means that on average, spawning a single chick requires 7.3 eggs, a stack of 16 eggs spawn 2.192 chicks, and a full inventory including the hotbar and off-hand (37 * 16 = 592 eggs) can spawn approximately 81 chicks.

Sounds[]

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
distance
Egg fliesPlayersPlayer throwing an eggentity.egg.throwsubtitles.entity.egg.throw0.50.33... - 0.516
Dispensed itemBlocksDispenser shootsblock.dispenser.launchsubtitles.block.dispenser.dispense1.01.216

Data values[]

ID[]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDFormTranslation key
EggeggItemitem.minecraft.egg
NameNamespaced IDEntity tags (JE)Translation key
Eggeggimpact_projectilesentity.minecraft.egg

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Eggegg344Itemitem.egg.name
NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Eggegg82entity.egg.name

Entity Data[]

See also: Chunk format

Thrown eggs have entity data that define various properties of the entity.

  • Entity data
    • Tags common to all entities
    • Tags common to all projectiles
    •  Item: The item to render as, may be absent.
      • Tags common to all items

Achievements[]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
The LieBake a cake using: wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs.Pick up a cake from a crafting table output.30GBronze

Advancements[]

Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID
Advancement-fancy-raw.pngBullseye
Hit the bullseye of a Target block from at least 30 meters away Take AimBe at least 30 blocks away when the center of a target is shot with a projectile horizontally by the player.adventure/bullseye

Video[]

History[]

Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14Egg JE1 BE1.png Added eggs.
Eggs currently have no purpose.
Java Edition Beta
1.0Eggs are now throwable at the request of a fan as the result of a Twitter conversation about a man eating his USB, if Notch added egg throwing.[1]
1.2Eggs are now used to craft cake.
Sound UpdateThe egg's throw sound has been changed.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Breeding has been added, making eggs easier to obtain.
RC1Thrown eggs can now hatch baby chickens.
1.4.212w37aEggs are now used to craft pumpkin pie.
1.915w32aEggs no longer damage the ender dragon.
15w36bEggs now produce particles when thrown at an entity.
15w49aEggs, like all throwable projectiles, now take the thrower's motion into account when fired.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has now been changed from ThrownEgg to egg.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 344.
1.1418w43aEgg JE2 BE2.png The texture of eggs has been changed.
18w50aEggs can now be found in chests in village fletcher houses.
Therefore, chickens are no longer the only source of eggs.
19w07aAdded foxes, which sometimes spawn with eggs in their mouths.
1.16.2Pre-Release 1Eggs are now affected by bubble columns.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.4.0Egg JE1 BE1.png Added eggs. They are currently unobtainable.
Eggs are throwable, but are unable to spawn chickens.
v0.7.0Chickens now occasionally lay eggs.
Eggs can be used to craft cake.
Thrown eggs now have a chance of spawning adult chickens.
v0.8.0build 2Eggs are now used to craft pumpkin pie.
build 3Thrown eggs now have a chance of spawning baby chickens instead of adult chickens.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha 1.1.0.0The entity ID has now been changed from thrownegg to egg.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Egg JE2 BE2.png The texture of eggs has been changed.
1.11.0beta 1.11.0.1Eggs can now be found in village fletcher chests.
beta 1.11.0.4Eggs can now be sold to farmer villagers.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.1Added foxes, which can drop eggs.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.57Trading has now been changed, eggs can no longer be sold to farmer villagers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 1Egg JE1 BE1.png Added eggs.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Egg JE2 BE2.png The texture of eggs has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Egg JE1 BE1.png Added eggs.

Issues[]

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

Trivia[]

  • Eggs break mid-fall if hit by another projectile; the chance of spawning a baby chicken is not affected.
  • Throwing an egg at a nether portal breaks the egg when it hits the portal.
  • A thrown egg faces toward the player in first-person view while it appears rotated horizontally in third-person view. This is the case for all throwable items (ender pearls, eggs, snowballs, and all type of throwable potions).
  • Due to a bug, it is possible to kill baby chickens that hatched from an egg less than ten seconds ago by throwing four eggs at it.

References[]