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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).

An egg is an item that can be used to craft food items, or thrown for a chance to spawn chicks on impact.


Mob loot[]

A chicken drops 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%


Crafting ingredient[]

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

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


Players are able to throw eggs and deal knockback to mobs (but not other players‌[JE only][1][until JE Combat Tests]), 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 (12.5%) chance of spawning a chick. If this occurs, there is a 132 (3.125%) 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 13.7%. This means that on average, a chick is spawned every 7.3 eggs, a stack of 16 eggs spawns 2.188 chicks, and a full inventory including the hotbar and off-hand (37 * 16 = 592 eggs) is expected to spawn approximately 81 chicks.


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

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Egg fliesPlayersWhen an egg is thrownentity.egg.throwsubtitles.entity.egg.throw0.513-0.516
Dispensed itemBlocksWhen a dispenser shoots an eggblock.dispenser.launchsubtitles.block.dispenser.dispense1.01.216
Chicken plopsFriendly CreaturesWhen an egg is laid by a chickenentity.chicken.eggsubtitles.entity.chicken.egg1.00.8-1.216

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
PlayersWhen an egg is thrownrandom.bow0.50.33-0.5
PlayersWhen a dispenser shoots an eggrandom.bow1.00.83-1.25
Friendly CreaturesWhen an egg is laid by a chickenmob.chicken.plop1.00.8-1.2

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
NameIdentifierEntity tagsTranslation key
Thrown Eggeggimpact_projectilesentity.minecraft.egg

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormTranslation key
NameIdentifierNumeric ID Translation key

Entity Data[]

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

Java Edition:

Main article: Entity format
  • 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

Bedrock Edition:

See Bedrock Edition level format/Entity format.


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other
The LieBake a cake using: wheat, sugar, milk, and eggs.Pick up a cake from a crafting table output.30GBronze


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



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14Egg JE1 BE1 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.[2]
1.2Eggs are now used to craft cakes.
Eggs can now be thrown by dispensers.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Breeding has been added, making eggs easier to obtain.
RC1Thrown eggs now hatch chicks instead of adult chickens.
The egg's throw sound has been changed.
1.4.212w37aEggs are now used to craft pumpkin pies.
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 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 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 1Eggs are now used to craft pumpkin pies.
build 3Thrown eggs now have a chance of spawning chicks instead of adult chickens.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha entity ID has now been changed from thrownegg to egg.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.0Eggs now deal knockback to players.
1.10.0beta The texture of eggs has been changed.
1.11.0beta can now be found in village fletcher chests.
beta can now be sold to farmer villagers.
1.13.0beta foxes, which can drop eggs.
1.16.0beta has now been changed, eggs can no longer be sold to farmer villagers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 1Egg JE1 BE1 Added eggs.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Egg JE2 BE2 The texture of eggs has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Egg JE1 BE1 Added eggs.


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


  • Eggs break mid-fall if hit by another projectile; the chance of spawning a chick 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 throwable potions).


  1. MC-3179 — resolved as "Works As Intended".
  2. https://twitter.com/notch/status/11773078791000065