Chicken Jockey

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Chicken Jockey
Chicken Jockey.pngHusk jockey.pngPigman Jockey.pngFarmer jockey.pngLibrarian jockey.pngPriest jockey.pngSmith jockey.pngButcher jockey.pngNitwit jockey.png
Health points

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

Armor points

Baby Zombie: 2 (Armor.svg)

Attack strength

Chicken Jockey:
Easy: 2 (Heart.svg)
Normal: 3 (Heart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
Hard: 4 (Heart.svgHeart.svg)
Pigman Chicken Jockey:
Easy: 5 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
Normal: 9 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)
Hard: 13 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg)


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

First appearances

See history


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
Chicken: 93
Baby Zombie: 32
Baby Zombie Villager: 44
Baby Husk: 47
Baby Zombie Pigman: 36
Chicken: 10

Entity ID

Baby Zombie: zombie
Baby Zombie Villager: zombie_villager
Baby Husk: husk
Baby Zombie Pigman: zombie_pigman
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]

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

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Each baby zombie, baby husk, baby zombie villager or baby zombie pigman 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 it will 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, 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.

In Bedrock Edition and Legacy Console Edition, baby zombies can ride:

Drops[edit | edit source]

Chicken[edit | edit source]

Chickens drop:

Baby zombie[edit | edit source]

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 if the zombie has equipment.

Baby zombie pigmen[edit | edit source]

Baby zombie pigmen 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 will usually be badly damaged, and may be enchanted.

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

Halloween[edit | edit source]

If a baby zombie/zombie pigman wearing a pumpkin or jack o'lantern is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there will be 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.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

  • 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 will run through 1 block high gaps. If the above block is solid, the baby zombie will suffocate.
  • Chicken jockeys can pick up/equip items.
  • The chicken does not lay eggs. However, they can still be bred into regular chickens.
  • In Creative mode, a chicken jockey that isn't already targeting a player will follow a player holding seeds, like a normal chicken, and can be fed. In Survival mode, the chicken jockey will target a player who attempts to do this, and the chicken cannot be fed.

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Official release
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.
1.7.4 13w49a Chicken Jockeys were added.
1.7.5 Chickens that are part of Chicken Jockeys can now despawn when no longer ridden.
1.7.8 Chicken Jockeys no longer lay eggs.
1.8 14w02a Chicken Jockeys no longer lay eggs.
1.10 16w20a Added new variant of Chicken Jockey, Baby Husk riding adult Chicken.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.11.0 build 1 Added chicken jockeys.
0.14.0 build 1 Baby zombie have 15% chance to mount chicken to become a jockey.
0.15.0 build 1 Baby Husk have 15% chance to mount chicken to become a jockey.
Legacy Console Edition
TU31CU191.22Patch 3Added chicken jockeys.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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 will take suffocation damage unless the upper block is transparent.
  • 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 will separate the cured villager from the chicken.
  • Name tags will 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 will attempt to attack the chicken being ridden by the zombie, however the zombie will also take damage even though it is an undead mob.
  • Adult zombies and zombie pigmen can also control a chicken while riding on it, though they do not naturally spawn on chickens.
  • If the chicken is killed or attacked zombie pigmen will not become hostile.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]