I have created a vertical trap that uses water to drag unsuspecting creatures from the surface into a vertical pit, they literally fall to death.
Well, except chickens, and sometimes spiders.
Right now I have to open a door and enter the trap periodically to recover loot from the creatures.
I would like to set up a water "slide" at the bottom that would make items dropped by dead mobs flow with the water out of the trap and to where I stand. However, to do this I have to open one cube of the bottom of the trap for the water to flow through, and apparently that's enough for chickens to get past. I tried this, and when I got back from dinner, I had about 15 chickens flying around me, outside the trap.
I have created an elaborate drowning tool to handle chickens and spiders that survive, but this of course only works if the mob is still in the trap, and not roaming around outside, and I have to manually activate and deactivate this, so it's not automatic. However, if the spiders and chickens could just stay in the trap, I have no problems with activating this from time to time.
However, I don't want to go chicken-hunting in the cramped area outside the trap.
Is there any way I can set up such a water slide, get the items to exit the trap, without getting the outside of my trap filled with chickens?
Basically, the bottom of my slide, seen from above, was like this:
RRRR <-- R is rock R WR <-- W is a water source, this will flow down and to the left R R R R <-- vertical shaft is over R R <-- this 2x2 area (the spaces between the rock) R R R RR RSRR <-- S is where I stand
In this case, everything is covered up, except that the cube just above the
S has to be open for the water to pass, and thus the chickens can escape.
Is there any way for me to get the loot, without opening up for chickens?