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First appearances

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Data value

dec: 344 hex: 158 bin: 101011000



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

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

See also: Egg farming tutorial

Chickens[edit | edit source]

Chickens lay eggs every 5–10 minutes and these can be collected while on the ground.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description


Wheat +
Milk +
Egg +

The milk will become buckets and move to the player's inventory after crafting.

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin +
Sugar +

Combat[edit | edit source]

Players are able to throw eggs at mobs and give the same effect as if the mob were being damaged by a weapon. They deal 1 (Half Heart.svg) to Ender Dragons (except when hit in the head), but no damage to other mobs. Eggs can also be fired from dispensers and are affected by gravity. Throwing eggs at neutral mobs will provoke them.

Spawning chickens[edit | edit source]

When thrown, 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 will spawn 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 chicken requires 7.3 eggs, a stack of 16 eggs will spawn 2.1875 chicks, and a full inventory including the hotbar (36*16=576 eggs) will spawn approximately 78.75 chicks.

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

Thrown eggs have entity data which define various properties of the entity. Their entity ID is ThrownEgg.

  • Entity data

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.0.14 Added eggs.
1.0 Eggs are now throwable at the request of a fan as a result of Twitter conversation.[1]
1.2 Eggs are now used to craft cake.
Sound Update Egg throw sound was changed.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre2 Breeding added, making eggs easier to obtain.
1.4.2 12w37a Eggs are now used to craft pumpkin pie.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.7.0 Added eggs. They can be used to craft cake.
0.8.0 build 2 Eggs are now used to craft pumpkin pie.
build 3 Thrown eggs now have a chance of spawning baby chickens.
Console Edition
TU1 Added eggs.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Egg” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If the player is standing near a chicken when it lays an egg, a "pop" can be heard.
  • Eggs will break midfall if hit by another projectile; the chance of spawning a baby chicken is not affected.
  • Throwing an egg at a Nether portal will break the egg when it hits the portal.

References[edit | edit source]