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Chicken Jockey
Chicken Jockey.pngVillager Jockey.pngPigman Jockey.png
Health points

Baby Zombie: 20 (Heart.svg × 10)
Chicken: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)

Attack strength

Scales with baby zombie's health

HP Easy Normal Hard
16–20 2 (Heart.svg) 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)
11–15 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)
6–10 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg) 7 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
1–5 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg) 6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg) 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)

Light level of 7 or less, anywhere but slabs (half blocks) or glass.
Randomly spawns instead of a Baby Zombie.

First appearance


Network ID

Baby Zombie: 54
Chicken: 93

Savegame ID

Baby Zombie: Zombie
Chicken: Chicken

Baby Zombie

Rotten Flesh
(0–2) on death.


(0-2) on death

Raw Chicken
(1) on death

Cooked Chicken
(1) upon death by fire

randomly every 5-10 minutes while alive

Rare drops
Baby Zombie


Iron Ingot


Equipped items (may be enchanted):

Iron Shovel

Iron Sword

Random Armor


5 upon Baby Zombie's death.
1-3 upon Chicken's death.

A Chicken Jockey is an extremely rare appearance of a baby zombie, baby zombie villager, or a baby zombie pigman riding a hostile chicken.


[edit] Behavior

  • Chicken Jockeys run around like baby zombies, instead of using the chicken AI.
    • Even though the zombie AI is used, the chicken still randomly lays eggs.
    • Chicken Jockeys will not avoid bumping into walls that would potentially suffocate the baby zombie.
  • Chicken Jockeys do not take fall damage, as the chicken flaps its wings quickly, slowing the falling speed.
  • The chicken moves at the speed of the baby zombie, which is much faster than a normal chicken.
  • Chicken Jockeys can track the player over a very large distance.
    • Like zombies, Chicken Jockeys will also track villagers.
  • Although a Chicken Jockey's hitbox is 3 blocks tall, the chicken can still run through 1 block high gaps. If the above block is solid, the Baby Zombie will take suffocation damage.
  • Chicken Jockeys can pick up/equip items.
  • Chicken Jockeys ignore attacking players if the chicken notices him/her holding seeds, and will follow like a normal chicken.
  • Chicken Jockeys will not hurt a player in water.

[edit] Spawn

Each baby zombie or baby zombie pigman that spawns has a 5% chance to spawn riding a chicken. This includes baby villagers turning into baby zombie villagers. There is an additional 5% chance of it mounting any existing chicken within a 10x6x10 box centered on the baby zombie's spawn location. In a chicken-free environment, this gives each spawned zombie a 0.25% chance of becoming a Chicken Jockey; if chickens are present, the chance increases to 0.4875%.

Chicken Jockeys may spawn with items equipped. Baby zombie pigmen versions of the Chicken Jockey will always have their Golden Sword equipped. Provoking the Zombie Pigman chicken jockey will cause it to attack, like a normal Zombie Pigman.

[edit] Video

[edit] History

Official release
November 29, 2013 A two-image gallery was uploaded to Imgur, and showed a Baby Zombie inside a Chicken. It was also posted to Reddit.
November 30, 2013 Dinnerbone tweeted the link to an image of Chicken Jockeys, after seeing the image on Reddit.
1.7.4 13w49a Chicken Jockeys were added.

[edit] Issues

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[edit] Trivia

  • The command to spawn a Chicken Jockey is /summon Zombie ~ ~ ~ {IsBaby:1,Riding:{id:Chicken,IsChickenJockey:1}}
    • This is not exactly the same mob, but it is close, the real Chicken Jockey is positioned lower on the Chicken's back, which you can get by spawning a large number of zombies, do this in daylight so adults burn. Then kill the babies that don't have a chicken to ride.
  • The baby zombie's hitbox is larger than the chicken's.
    • Attacking the chicken may harm the zombie instead, unless the player carefully attacks its feet.
    • If the chicken moves too close to a wall two blocks high, the zombie half will take suffocation damage unless the upper block is transparent.
  • Since they can spawn in the Nether, eggs, feathers, and raw chicken are renewable in that dimension, without having to bring eggs from the Overworld.
  • When a Splash Potion of Harming is tossed at a Chicken Jockey, the chicken dies, but the baby zombie gains some health. Vice versa, if a Splash Potion of Healing is thrown at a Chicken Jockey, the chicken is healed, but the baby zombie takes damage (and may be killed). This makes healing them as a single mob very unlikely. Splash potions of regeneration will not, however hurt either the chicken or the zombie, so they can be healed this way.
  • Chicken Jockeys and Spider Jockeys cannot pass through portals.
    • It is possible to have a pigman chicken jockey in the Overworld by having a portal with a chicken near it.
      • It is also possible to have a generic chicken jockey in the Nether by killing a zombie pigman, spawning in normal zombies.
  • If the zombie happens to be a villager zombie, curing it will separate the formed villager from the chicken.
  • Unlike ordinary chickens, the chicken from a Chicken Jockey can despawn.

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[edit] References