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Yes (16)

Internal ID

JE: 7
BE: 82

Network ID

JE: 62

Entity ID


Data value

dec: 344 hex: 158 bin: 101011000

Namespaced ID


Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Eggs were added to Minecraft in Alpha version 1.0.14, released in July 2010. They appeared in the same patch as chickens, so there’s no firm answer to the question of which came first. Following a request from a fan who promised to eat a USB stick if egg-throwing was added to the game, they became throwable in Beta version 1.0. Unfortunately, there’s no record of what happened to the requester. Don’t eat USB sticks, kids.

Duncan Geere[1]

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



Chickens drop an egg item every 5–10 minutes.

Foxes that are holding eggs also have a chance of 8.5%‌‌[JE only]/100%‌‌[BE only] to drop the egg they are holding upon death. Alternatively, a player dropping a food item causes the fox to drop the egg.

Natural generation[edit]

Eggs can be found in 23.3% of village fletcher chests in stacks of 1–3.


Crafting ingredient[edit]

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 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[edit]

When thrown 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 chicken requires 7.3 eggs, a stack of 16 eggs spawn 2.192 chickens, and a full inventory including the hotbar and off-hand (37 * 16 = 592 eggs) can spawn approximately 81 chicks. If the inventory is at maximum capacity (including shulker boxes, which means 15,984 eggs), then a player could expect to get about 2,190 chicks.


In Bedrock Edition, expert-level farmer villagers buy 16 eggs for an emerald as part of their trade.


Sound Subtitle Namespaced ID Subtitle ID Source Pitch Volume Attenuation distance
Egg flies entity.egg.throw subtitles.entity.egg.throw ? (<1.0) ? 16

Data values[edit]

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


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different)Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Bedrock Legacy Console editions
Xbox PlayStation Nintendo
The LieWheat, sugar, milk, and eggs!Pick up a cake from a crafting table output.AltYesPS3Yes40GSilver
AltPS4, PSVitaYesAlt30GBronze



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14Egg Revision 1.png Added eggs, which had no purpose at the time.
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 cake.
Sound UpdateThe egg's throw sound has now been changed.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Breeding has now been added, making eggs easier to obtain.
1.4.212w37aEggs are now used to craft pumpkin pie.
1.915w32aEggs no longer damage the ender dragon.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID has been changed from ThrownEgg to egg.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 344.
1.1418w43aEgg.png The texture of eggs has now been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.7.0Egg Revision 1.png Added eggs. They can be used to craft cake.
0.8.0build 2Eggs are now used to craft pumpkin pie.
build 3Thrown eggs now have a chance of spawning baby chickens.
Pocket Edition
1.1.0alpha entity ID is changed from thrownegg to egg.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta The texture of eggs has now 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.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Egg Revision 1.png Added eggs.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Egg.png The texture of eggs has now been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Egg Revision 1.png 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 baby chicken is not affected.
  • Throwing an egg at a nether portal breaks the egg when it hits the portal.