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So I'm trying to get a group of 3 villagers, including one shepherd, to begin breeding while I finish the construction on my new castle. I have had success before using a setup very similar to the one shown. Initially I just grouped the villagers in a rudimentary pen with a few crops. The 'census' villager was placed between 8 doors a little ways away.

After having no success, even after trading and feeding them, I added a door-less structure, more crops, and more room. It's been hours now and even though the villagers have repeatedly been shown to be 'willing' none of them have hearts.

Can anyone tell what I might be doing wrong or what I could do better? Is the census villager too far away? Any help is awesome, would love to get them working soon.

Census villager top right, farmer etc. on left

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You need more valid doors

Villagers will mate depending on the number of valid doors (beds‌[BE only]‌[upcoming: JE 1.14]). If "willing" (see below), villagers will mate as long as the population is less than 35% (Bedrock Edition: 100%) of valid doors (beds‌[BE only]‌[upcoming: JE 1.14]), rounded down. The type of villager that spawns is independent of the villager's parents.[until JE 1.14] All baby villagers are initially unemployed.‌[upcoming: JE 1.14] A valid door is any door within the village radius where the number of "outside" spaces within 5 blocks in a straight line on one side of the door is not the same as the number of "outside" spaces within 5 blocks on the other side of the door. A space is considered to be "outside" if it has nothing but transparent blocks above it all the way to the sky.‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only][until JE 1.14] A census is periodically taken to determine the current population of the village. All villagers within the horizontal boundary of the village and within 5 vertical blocks‌[Java and Legacy Console editions only] of the center will be counted as part of the population to determine if continued villager mating is allowed. However, any villager within the horizontal boundary of the village and within the spherical boundary of the village will attempt to enter mating mode as long as there is at least one villager within the boundary. If two villagers simultaneously enter mating mode while they are close to one another, they will mate with each other and produce a child.

The population needs to be under 35 percent of valid doors. Also, as you have stated, the villagers need to be willing to breed.

Willingness Additionally, villagers must be "willing" in order to breed. After mating, they will no longer be willing, and must be made willing again. Villagers may become willing when the player trades with them. Willingness is granted the first time a new offer is traded, or at a one-in-five chance on subsequent trades. Green particles will appear if the villager becomes willing by trading. This will not cause them to immediately seek out a mate, however. Villagers can also become willing by having either 3 bread, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes, or 12 beetroots[Not in Java Edition][2] in one stack in their inventory. Any villager with an excess of food (usually farmers) will throw food to other villagers, allowing them to pick it up and obtain enough food to become willing. The player can also throw bread, carrots, beetroots, or potatoes at the villagers themselves to encourage breeding. Villagers will consume the required food upon becoming willing.Willingness Additionally, villagers must be "willing" in order to breed. After mating, they will no longer be willing, and must be made willing again. Villagers may become willing when the player trades with them. Willingness is granted the first time a new offer is traded, or at a one-in-five chance on subsequent trades. Green particles will appear if the villager becomes willing by trading. This will not cause them to immediately seek out a mate, however. Villagers can also become willing by having either 3 bread, 12 carrots, 12 potatoes, or 12 beetroots[Not in Java Edition][2] in one stack in their inventory. Any villager with an excess of food (usually farmers) will throw food to other villagers, allowing them to pick it up and obtain enough food to become willing. The player can also throw bread, carrots, beetroots, or potatoes at the villagers themselves to encourage breeding. Villagers will consume the required food upon becoming willing.

This is essentially a guide of how to breed villagers, and it should help with your breeding problems.

  • You can find all of the Villager information at minecraft.gamepedia.com/Villager#Willingness – Ginge Apr 20 at 1:07
  • Thanks for the response. I've definitely read that article a few times over in the past and have implemented everything. I made one improvement to my system by adding a roof over the census villager, but no luck, and I don't even know if my doors were invalid previously. Any other thoughts on my setup specifically? – Sawyer R. Apr 20 at 1:34
  • Regarding your answer specifically, as I understand it, the number of people that the game counts is relative to five blocks spherical distance from the center of the existing doors-- i have one person within that distance in my setup, so the number of doors should be sufficient to trigger breeding (and was previously). – Sawyer R. Apr 20 at 1:36
  • you really need doors to breed villagers? i didn't know. i just put them together in a hole on ground and after a few minutes hearts and little villagers. – BlackCrystal Apr 22 at 5:35

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