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Chickens are passive animal mobs that live throughout the Overworld.

Behavior

Chickens are slower than most mobs. One ability unique to chickens, is that they flap their wings when falling, safely floating down to the ground, and avoiding fall damage. Chicks also flap their wings to prevent death in water, while other baby mobs drown in water deeper than 2 blocks. Chickens will follow players who are holding seeds. This is particularly useful when trying to corral them into a fenced area. Adult chickens will lay an egg every 5-10 minutes. An egg will remain on the ground for quite some time after being laid by a chicken, allowing a player time to gather it before despawning.

Breeding

Feeding two chickens who are standing near each other wheat seeds, beetroot seeds, melon seeds, or pumpkin seeds will produce a chick. Like other mobs, the two parent chickens cannot enter "Love Mode" for another 5 minutes after making a chick. Alternatively, chicks can be spawned 1/8 of the time when an egg is thrown.

Chicks are the baby counterpart of chickens and are the third smallest mob in the game. Any time an egg is thrown, there is a 18 chance that a chick will spawn, or a 1256 chance that 4 chicks will spawn from the same egg. One can be sure that a chick will spawn by breeding two chickens, which is why this is the preferred method. Chicks will always follow the nearest adult chicken. Like many baby mobs, chicks have a head that is the same size as an adult, but their body size and feet/leg size is noticeably smaller.

Drops

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    Egg
     - Laid by a chicken every 5-10 minutes. These items can be used as a damaging projectile, which has a 18 chance to spawn a new chick upon impact, as well as a 132 chance of spawning three, and a 1256 chance of four. Eggs are also one of the ingredients used to bake a cake.
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    Raw Chicken
     - A source of food for players. Each chicken will drop 1 drumstick when killed, which must be cooked before a player can safely eat it.
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    Feather
     - One feather is dropped when a chicken is killed. They can be used to craft arrows, or a book and quill.

Trivia

  • Chickens will sometimes spawn underground, or in the Nether. This is due to the existence of chicken jockeys and pigman jockeys.
  • Chickens are the only mobs other than bosses that can be spawned without commands or Creative Mode being active.
  • When using an egg, the chick that spawns may sometimes spawn before the egg is removed, causing it to appear to take damage (aesthetic only); this is also caused when the next egg a player throws hits the chick.
  • In the changelog for Pocket Edition version 0.3.0, chickens were referred to as ducks.
  • Unusually, on the Legacy Console Editions (Xbox, Xbox One, PS3, and PS4 editions) of Minecraft, chickens can be fed Nether warts.
  • There is a statue of a chicken inside a woodland mansion.
  • The chicken could resemble a real life White Leg horn.
  • It could be possible that their eyes are like nearly every other farm animal in the game, normal eyes looking right, instead of just two dots.

Gallery

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Mobs in Minecraft
Passive Mobs
BatFace.png Bat OcelotFace.png Cat ChickenFace.png Chicken CowFace.png Cow
CodBody.png Fish (various) Link=Fox Fox Glow Squid Face.png Glow Squid HorseHead.png Horse
MooshroomFace.png Mooshroom BrownMooshroomFace.png Brown Mooshroom OcelotFace.png Ocelot ParrotFace.pngParrot
PigFace.png Pig Big-rabbit-face.png Rabbit SheepFace.png Sheep Snowgolemhead.png Snow Golem
Squidface.png Squid StriderFace.png Strider TurtleFace.pngTurtle Villagerhead.png Villager
WanderingTraderFace.png Wandering Trader
Neutral Mobs
AxolotlFace.png Axolotl BeeFace.png Bee DolphinHead.png Dolphin EndermanFace.png Enderman
GoatFace.png Goat Vg face.png Iron Golem Big-llama-face.png Llama Panda FaceZ.png Panda
PiglinFace.png Piglin PolarBearFace.png Polar Bear SpiderFace.png Spider CaveSpiderFace.png Cave Spider
BetterWolfFace.png Wolf ZombifiedPiglinFace.png Zombified Piglin
Hostile Mobs
Blaze Face.png Blaze CreeperFace.png Creeper Drownedheaad.png Drowned Enderdragon Face.png Ender Dragon
EndermiteFace.png Endermite EvokerFace.png Evoker Link=Evoker Fang Evoker Fang GhastFace.png Ghast
Link=Guardian Guardian Big-elder-guardian-face.png Elder Guardian Hoglin face.pngHoglin HuskFace.png Husk
Magma Cube Face.png Magma Cube PhantomFace.png Phantom PiglinBruteFace.png Piglin Brute PillagerFace.png Pillager
RavagerFace.png Ravager Big-shulker-face.png Shulker SilverfishFace.png Silverfish SkeletonFace.png Skeleton
SlimeFace.png Slime Spider SkeletonFace.png Spider Jockey StrayFace.png Stray VexFace.png Vex
VindicatorFace.png Vindicator Warden Face.png Warden 50px-WitchFace.png Witch Wither face.png Wither
WitherSkeletonHead.png Wither Skeleton Spider WitherSkeleton.png Wither Skeleton Jockey ZoglinFace.pngZoglin ZombieFace.png Zombie
ZombieVillagerFace.png Zombie Villager
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