So the chickens I have laid 2 eggs. The first egg was a success while the second one was a failure.

But when I looked down it isn't one chicken that spawned, it was four.

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All my other chickens were grown and 2 eggs yielded me 4 chickens.

Is this a normal Minecraft probability that is coded where multiple babies come out of an egg or did Minecraft just glitch on me?

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According to the game wiki:

When thrown by a dispenser or by pressing the use button, an egg has a 1⁄8 (12.5%) chance of spawning a chick. If this occurs, there is a 1⁄32 (3.125%) chance of spawning three additional chicks (on average, 1 out of every 256 eggs spawns 4 chicks). In other words, whenever an egg is thrown, there is a 31⁄256 chance of spawning 1 chick and a 1⁄256 chance of spawning four chicks.

Is it normal? Yes - it is not a glitch. It is just uncommon.

  • Then what are the odds of 2 or 3?
    – Aceplante
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 23:15
  • @Aceplante I think it's either no chicken, 1 chicken, or 4. It can't be 2 or 3.
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 23:45
  • That does seem to be the case
    – Aceplante
    Commented Dec 30, 2022 at 23:54
  • 1
    For linguistic curiosity, I'm asking myself whether we can call something uncommon "normal". Hmm...
    – justhalf
    Commented Dec 31, 2022 at 4:25
  • 4
    @justhalf That reasoning is part of why the preferred terminology for this type of thing among developers is not ‘normal’, it’s ‘expected behavior’. Commented Dec 31, 2022 at 12:40

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