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Chicken Jockey
Chicken Jockey.pngChicken Husk Jockey.pngChicken Zombie Pigman Jockey.pngChicken Drowned Jockey.pngChicken Plains Zombie Jockey.pngChicken Desert Zombie Jockey.pngChicken Savanna Zombie Jockey.pngChicken Taiga Zombie Jockey.pngChicken Jungle Zombie Jockey.pngChicken Snowy Zombie Jockey.pngChicken Swamp Zombie Jockey.png
Health points

Baby Zombie: 20♥ × 10
Chicken: 4♥♥

Armor points

Baby Zombie: 2 ()
Chicken: 0 ()



Attack strength

Chicken Jockey:
Easy: 2♥
Normal: 3♥♥
Hard: 4♥♥
Chicken Zombie Pigman Jockey:
Easy: 5♥♥♥
Normal: 8♥♥♥♥
Hard: 12♥ × 6


Randomly spawns instead of a baby zombie, baby husk or baby zombie pigman
Chicken Jockey:
Light level of 7 or less
Chicken Husk Jockey:
Desert, Desert Hills, Desert M
Chicken Zombie Pigman Jockey:
Any 2 block high space in any light level in the Nether


See Drops


12 upon Baby Zombie's death
10 upon Chicken's death

Internal ID

Baby Zombie: 54
Baby Zombie Villager: 27
Baby Husk: 23
Baby Zombie Pigman: 57
Baby Drowned: 12
Chicken: 93
Baby Zombie: 32
Baby Zombie Villager: 44
Baby Husk: 47
Chicken: 10

Namespaced ID

Baby Zombie: zombie
Baby Zombie Villager: zombie_villager
Baby Husk: husk
Baby Zombie Pigman: zombie_pigman
Baby Drowned: drowned
Chicken: chicken

Jens Bergensten Mojang avatar.png

It’s a zombie that rides a chicken. This was made by Nathan as a, well, I think it’s partly a joke. He thought it was funny. And they are quite scary because they’re very aggressive. We had a huge problem with, er, when the zombies, they spawn and despawn all the time in the game, but with the chickens, they always remain. So for a while we had a problem that they would just fill the caves with chickens. Because they would spawn chicken jockeys but then despawn the zombie, just leaving the chicken behind. But Nathan fixed that, so now the chicken despawns as well.

Jens Bergensten[1]
Three chicken jockeys in a superflat world.

A chicken jockey[2] is the rare appearance of a baby zombie, baby zombie pigman, baby zombie villager, baby husk, or baby drowned riding a chicken.


Each baby zombie, baby husk, baby zombie villager, baby zombie pigman, or baby drowned that spawns has a 5% chance to check for an existing chicken within a 10×6×10 box centered on the baby's spawn location, and spawn riding one of those chickens if there are any. If it fails that 5% chance to check for existing chickens, there is an additional 5% chance of the baby zombie spawning mounted on a new chicken. In a chicken-free environment, each spawned zombie has 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 always have a golden sword equipped, while baby drowned versions may have a trident. Provoking the zombie pigman chicken jockey causes it to attack, like a normal zombie pigman.

In Bedrock Edition and Legacy Console Edition, baby zombie, baby husk and baby zombie villagers have 15% chance to become jockey, which can ride:

Any rideable or tameable mob can become unrideable or untameable, respectively, after being mounted by a baby zombie.

In Bedrock Edition, if a baby zombie has spawned on another type of mob (such as an Adult zombie), killing the chicken jockey's current ' mount ' in an area populated with chicken may result in the baby zombie jumping onto a chicken rather than attacking the player.

Using the summon command: /summon chicken ~ ~ ~ {Passengers:[{id:zombie,IsBaby:1}]} yields a chicken jockey.‌[Java Edition only]

In Java Edition, there is an extremely low chance for a baby zombie villager to spawn wearing enchanted full diamond armor and holding an enchanted diamond sword while riding a chicken; the chance is 1.9921×10-33%, making this mob the rarest in the game.



Chickens drop:

Baby zombie[edit]

Baby zombies drop:

If killed by a charged creeper, it drops a zombie head.

They drop 12 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf, 1–3 extra experience is given if the zombie has equipment.

Baby drowned[edit]

Baby drowned drop:

Baby drowned also have an 8.5% chance each of dropping their:

The chance of each can be increased by 1% per level of Looting, up to 11.5% chance. It is usually badly damaged and never enchanted.

Baby drowned always drop their Nautilus Shell, but only when held in their offhand.

Like baby zombies, they drop 12 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

Baby zombie pigman[edit]

A zombie pigman chicken jockey.

Baby zombie pigman drop:

Baby zombie pigmen also have an 8.5% chance each of dropping their golden sword. The chance of each can be increased by 1% per level of Looting, up to 11.5% chance. It is usually badly damaged, and may be enchanted.

Like baby zombies, they drop 12 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.


If a baby zombie or zombie pigman wearing a pumpkin or jack o'lantern is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there is a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the pumpkin or jack o'lantern, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop.


  • Chicken jockeys generally run around, behaving like the zombie, instead of using the chicken AI.
  • Chicken jockeys fall slowly and do not take fall damage, like normal chickens.
  • The chicken moves at the speed of the baby zombie, which is much faster than a normal chicken.
  • The chicken can run through 1 block high gaps. If the above block is solid, the baby zombie suffocates unless the block is transparent.
  • Chicken jockeys can pick up/equip items.
  • The chicken does not lay eggs. However, they can still be bred into regular chickens.
  • The baby zombie and the chicken can be separated by using a bucket of water on them.
  • In Creative mode, a chicken jockey that isn't already targeting a player follows a player holding seeds, like a normal chicken, and can be fed. In Survival mode, the chicken jockey targets a player who attempts to do this, and the chicken cannot be fed.



Java Edition
November 29, 2013A two-image gallery was uploaded to Imgur, and showed a baby zombie inside a chicken. It was also posted to Reddit.
November 30, 2013Dinnerbone tweeted the link to an image of chicken jockeys, after seeing the image on Reddit.
1.7.413w49aAdded chicken jockeys.
1.7.5Chickens that are part of chicken jockeys can now despawn when no longer ridden.
1.814w02aChicken jockeys no longer lay eggs.
1.1016w20aAdded baby husk jockey variant.
1.1318w11aAdded baby drowned jockey variant.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0build 1Added chicken jockeys.
0.14.0build 1Baby zombies variant have 15% chance to mount a chicken to become a jockey.
Removed Pigman chicken jockey.
0.15.0build 1Baby husk have 15% chance to mount a chicken to become a jockey.
Baby zombie variants can ride adult husk.
Baby zombie variants can ride horse variants.
Pocket Edition
?Adult zombie pigmen are no longer rideable by baby zombie variants.
Bedrock Edition
1.8.0beta zombie variants can ride pandas and adult stray cats.
1.13.0beta zombie pigmen can now be ridden again by baby zombies.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added chicken jockeys.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Added Chicken Jockeys.


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


  • 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.
  • Chicken jockeys, like spider jockeys, cannot pass through portals.
    • Zombie pigman chicken jockeys can spawn from portals in the Overworld.
    • A normal chicken jockey may spawn in the Nether if a zombie pigman calls a normal zombie as reinforcement.
  • If the zombie happens to be a zombie villager, curing it separates the cured villager from the chicken.
  • Name tags prevent the chickens from despawning, and they can be bred to spawn normal egg-laying, non-despawning chickens.
  • Chicken jockeys can spawn from zombie spawners.
  • The wither attempts to attack the chicken being ridden by the zombie and the zombie also takes damage.
  • Adult zombies and zombie pigmen can also control a chicken while riding on it, though they do not naturally spawn on chickens.
  • A zombie pigman chicken jockey does not become hostile if the chicken is killed or attacked.