I can shoot pigs, sheep and cows with a bow when they're in minecarts, but I'm having difficulty shooting chicken. Is it even possible? I can only hit the minecart.

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    Chickens are hard enough to hit when they're on flat ground, let alone when they've got a sweet ride to protect them. – SevenSidedDie May 11 '11 at 22:45
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    @Zoredache: I think that he means that the chicken is the minecart, not him. – Ullallulloo May 11 '11 at 22:50
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    more importantly, why have you let a chicken be in charge of a complex railway system? they don't even have thumbs! – Alex May 11 '11 at 23:11
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    @Alex - in Minecraft, neither does the player. ;) – Raven Dreamer May 11 '11 at 23:19
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    It's nice to know I'm not the only one who does this sort of thing when they play video games. – GnomeSlice May 12 '11 at 3:36

I've done some testing shooting a chicken in a minecart from directly above it, and I've had no luck hitting the chicken. It seems the hitbox of the minecart envelops the hitbox of the chicken. From my testing, the answer seems to be no, but I may be doing something wrong.

Target practice!


I ran a few simple tests, and it looks like no, you can't. The hitbox of the minecart completely swallows up the chicken, which becomes effectively invulnerable. You just end up breaking the minecart.

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    what texture pack is that? – Raven Dreamer May 12 '11 at 3:47
  • @Raven > It's my still all-time favourite, Piehole – GnomeSlice May 12 '11 at 3:55
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    Your video > my puny screenshot. – Kevin Yap May 12 '11 at 4:53
  • Does anyone know what's up with the vertical shaking in my video? I used fraps. – GnomeSlice May 12 '11 at 5:07
  • @GnomeSlice are you using the half-size option? That may be causing it. Other than that, I dunno, it might be an artifact introduced by YouTube, I've never noticed anything like that with my own Frapsing – Matthew Scharley May 12 '11 at 5:24

If you press F3 + B you are able to see the hit boxes for all entities.

Chicken in mine cart

This shows that there is no way of hitting the chicken without destroying the mine cart first since the chicken's bounding box is way smaller then the mine cart its bounding box.

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