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When thrown, eggs have the same particle effect on impact as snowballs and additionally have a 1⁄8 chance of spawning one baby chicken. If that happens, there is an additional 1⁄32 chance of the egg spawning 4 baby chickens instead of one. This also works in The Nether and The End.
 As a crafting ingredient
|Ingredients||Input » Output|
|Chicken Egg +
 Resource farming
- See also: Egg farming tutorial
Since eggs can be made into cake and Pumpkin Pie, and are probably the rarest item in the cake recipe to acquire through normal activities, it can be useful to try and stock up on as many as you can. An easy way to accumulate eggs (without inventory hacking) is to dig a deep pit (preferably at least 3x3, 44 blocks deep). If your pit is deep enough, all non-chicken mobs will die when they stumble into it, thus protecting you from aggressive mobs. If you wait long enough, eventually chickens will fall in of their own accord and start laying eggs. It helps to periodically return to the surface to see if a chicken flock has spawned around your pit. (Animals do spawn, although very rarely, so you will need to lead chickens to your pit.) While you can push them in yourself, or knock them in with snowballs, the easiest way to lead chickens is to hold seeds in your hand, which will make them follow you.
If the player has already collected one or more stacks of eggs they can be thrown to manually spawn baby chickens in a confined area. Each stack has an 88% chance of producing at least one chick, and will average slightly over two. This allows producing a chicken farm anywhere, but it can take quite a few eggs to get things started. If you already have chickens available, it's best to first breed them with seed to produce a large flock, which can then produce enough eggs to replace a decent "harvest" of chickens.
As of Beta 1.9 Pre-releases, it is rather easy to start a farm with as much as two or even one chickens, as they can reproduce both by breeding and (albeit unreliably) with eggs.
Until Minecraft 1.0RC1 eggs hatched adult Chickens because baby animals were yet to be added.
- When a chicken is spawned by an egg in Pocket Edition, it will have 9 health instead of 4.
- If too many chickens are in a small area they will start clipping into walls, and suffocating and dying. This can be alleviated by using glass walls for a chicken coop, since transparent blocks do not cause suffocation.
- Like arrows and snowballs, eggs are fired from the dispenser and have the same effects as a thrown snowball when placed into a dispenser and then activated. Eggs fired in this manner have the same chance of spawning chickens when breaking on the ground.
- If an egg is thrown through lava, it will catch on fire similarly to an arrow, and will not burn away.
- If an egg is thrown through water, it will leave a trail of bubbles, much as snowballs and arrows do.
- Eggs push mobs back, but do not deal damage to them.
- If the player is standing near a chicken when it lays an egg, a "pop" can be heard.
- Throwing eggs at neutral enemies will provoke them.
- Eggs will break midfall if hit by another projectile; The chance of spawning a baby chicken is not affected.
- Throwing an egg at a portal will break the egg when it hits the portal, but a spawned chicken will still go through the portal.
- If a player is killed with chicken eggs in a server, it will say [victim] was pummeled by [killer]. This message is unused because eggs don't cause damage. Ender pearls and snowballs will also display this message.
- If an egg is thrown at an adult chicken and a baby is hatched, the baby chicken will follow the adult chicken around, thinking the adult chicken is its mother/father.
- Despite chickens being birds, they give offspring immediately after being bred with seeds.
- In order to have a 99% confidence level of getting a chicken from an egg, 35 eggs are required. As eggs only stack up to 16, if you want to be (almost) sure of getting a chicken, 32 eggs are recommended. Also, each stack offers a 62% chance of getting at least two chickens (which will allow you to breed them with seeds).
- Eggs can only be found in Pocket Edition by inventory editing.
- They spawn baby chickens like in the PC and are fully functional (except they are not laid by chickens)