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Egg JE2 BE2.png





Yes (16)


Height: 0.25 Blocks
Width: 0.25 Blocks

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]

Item Structure Container Quantity Chance
Java Edition
Egg Village Fletcher's chest 1–3 23.3%
Bedrock Edition
Egg Village Fletcher's chest 1–3 23.3%


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.


In Bedrock Edition, expert-level farmer villagers buy 16 eggs for an emerald as part of their trade.[until BE 1.16.0]


SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Egg flies? ? entity.egg.throwsubtitles.entity.egg.throw? (<1.0)16
Gear equippedPlayersWhen thrown in survival
See MC-97507

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

EggNamespaced IDTranslation key
Itemegg item.minecraft.egg
Entityegg entity.minecraft.egg

Bedrock Edition:

EggNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key

Entity Data[edit]

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


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
The LieBake a cake using: wheat, sugar, milk and eggs.Pick up a cake from a crafting table output.30GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Namespaced ID


[upcoming: JE 1.16]
Hit the bullseye of a Target block from at least 30 meters awayTake AimShoot the center of a target with a projectile from at least 30 blocks away.adventure/bullseye



Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14Egg JE1 BE1.png Added eggs.
Eggs currently have no purpose.
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 been changed.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 2Breeding has 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 now been changed from ThrownEgg to egg.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 344.
1.1418w43aEgg JE2 BE2.png The texture of eggs has been changed.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.7.0Egg JE1 BE1.png Added eggs.
Eggs 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 has now been changed from thrownegg to egg.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta JE2 BE2.png The texture of eggs has 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.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.16.0beta has now been changed, eggs can no longer be sold to farmer villagers.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Egg JE1 BE1.png Added eggs.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Egg JE2 BE2.png The texture of eggs has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Egg JE1 BE1.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.
  • A thrown egg faces toward the player in first-person view while it appears rotated horizontally in third-person view. This is the case for all throwable items (ender pearls, eggs, snowballs, and all type of throwable potions).