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The universal meat.








Health (Rooster/Hen) 3
Health (Chick) 1.5


Base Attack (Rooster) 0.25
Base Attack (Hen/Chick) 0
Satiety to Mate (portions) 3
Incubation Time (days) 5
Growth Time (days) 7
Poultry 1 - 1.5*
Feathers 8 - 16*
Bone 0.5*

Chickens are one of the common animals found in the world, and are the main source of poultry, feathers, and eggs.


Chickens will spawn in light levels 12 and higher, at temperatures down to -2, in areas with as little as 0.32 rainfall. They spawn in groups that average 4 individuals, but can include many more.


Chickens will tend to wander around a small area aimlessly, usually in groups of 4 individuals. The chicks tend to stay close to the hens and the hens will try to stay close to roosters. All chickens will flee from the player on approach, generally moving directly away from the player when possible and are extremely difficult to hit while running. They don’t try to avoid obstacles and will fall straight off cliffs or into pits. Upon receiving damage, hens and chicks will try to flee, while roosters will either flee or directly attack the player.

Domestication and Breeding

After being rounded up in a pen, chicken can be fed with grain using a small trough. Hens will lay eggs on their own every 8-15 days, which can then be picked up and used as additives in meat stew and vegetable soups.

To produce fertile eggs a rooster will be necessary, with hens needing to eat at least 3 portions before they are ready to mate. A henbox is also required, as hens will lay eggs in a henbox by preference and will need to sit on them to incubate the eggs. Once the henbox has 3 eggs, a broody hen will sit on them until they hatch (5 days). Be careful not to spook them or the incubation period might take longer. If every henbox is occupied, hens wanting to lay may start laying eggs on the ground, from where they can be picked up. The player can also collect eggs from a henbox, by right-clicking.

Once the eggs hatch a chick will appear. Chicks will grow up after 168 hours, with a 90% chance to be a hens and only a 10% chance to be a rooster


Butcher the animal by right-clicking while crouching with a knife in the active hand to harvest its corpse.

An adult hen will drop:

  • 1-2 poultry
  • 8–16 feathers
  • 0–1 bones

An adult rooster will drop:

  • 1–2 poultry
  • 8–16 feathers
  • 0–1 bones

Killing a chick yields no items.

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