Version 1.0 of Minecraft added baby animals and breeding. So now I've begun animal husbandry, and I'm off to a good start, I'm just growing impatient with a few of them. Specifically, they won't grow up.

How long will it take my calves, chicks, and piglets to grow up into fully -able cows, chickens and pigs?

On a related note, how long do I have to wait after breeding a pair of animals before I can breed them again?

  • If I had to guess they probably have to be in a loaded chunk, so maybe 30 mins afk in a safe spot near them would be your best bet.
    – Ken
    Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 20:08
  • @Maxorq The reason I haven't so far is because my own experience contradicts it. Commented Feb 2, 2012 at 16:51
  • @JohntheGreen maybe they need those 20 minutes, but chunk have to be active or something?
    – lauriys
    Commented Feb 4, 2012 at 14:32
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    Comment by anonymous: "Found that about every 5 minutes at least for chickens, you can feed them and breed. Haven't found out what the time is for full maturity"
    – Michel
    Commented Jan 11, 2013 at 22:08
  • For an explained answer check this post. Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 8:55

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From the wiki Breeding/Baby animals

Baby animals grow into full sized animals after twenty minutes, one day in game time.

  • Ok, then why haven't my calves grown up after 2 full game days? Commented Nov 26, 2011 at 18:35
  • I.e. I would like a personally verified answer. Commented Nov 26, 2011 at 18:40
  • according to this post: minecraftforum.net/topic/786164-my-baby-animals-wont-grow it should take from 1 to 6 minecraft days maximum, let's ask notch :D
    – lauriys
    Commented Nov 26, 2011 at 22:25
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    Notch is an acceptably verified answer! :D Commented Nov 26, 2011 at 23:38
  • Yeah , around 20 minutes, I would say.
    – user16518
    Commented Dec 15, 2011 at 18:29

20 minutes, or one game day. So from dawn until the next dawn (unless you sleep though the night in which case it will be two full daytimes). You can breed an animal once per game day.

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    it akes about 5 minutes till you can breed animals again I belive
    – user48730
    Commented May 18, 2013 at 13:41

Update as of release 1.8: Baby animals grow into full sized animals after twenty minutes (one game day, beds notwithstanding). Their growth can slowly be accelerated using the animal's breeding item, where each use takes 10% off the remaining time to grow up. There are a few variations:

Sheep can grow faster if they eat grass. For dogs (tamed wolves), the puppy does not gain its full health automatically (even when it grows to full size), but must be fed to increase its HP. Foals (baby horses) can be fed to speed their growth.

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