Chicken Jockey
A rare, hostile mob that has a 5% chance of spawning, and a 0.25% chance of spawning in a Chicken-free enviornment.
Health Points: Baby Zombie
20HP (10x Heart)

4HP (2x Heart)

Attack Strength: Easy
4HP (2x Heart)

6HP (3x Heart)

8HP (4x Heart)

Drops: 0-2 feathers, 1 raw chicken, (1 cooked chicken if killed while on fire) an iron ingot, a potato, a carrot, and a zombie head if killed by a Charged Creeper
Location: Light level >7, on a solid block
First Appearance: 1.7.4 13w49a
Experience Points: 12 from the Baby Zombie

10 from the Chicken


A Chicken Jockey is a very rare hostile mob, which consists of a Baby Zombie or Husk riding a Chicken. The chicken uses the rider's A.I. Instead of being passive, the mob is hostile, and it moves just as fast as the Baby Zombie or Husk would. However, if you kill its hostile rider, the chicken will become passive. These mobs are very similar to the Spider Jockey. The chances of finding one are around 1%. There is also a Pigman Jockey (Baby-Pigman riding a Chicken) and a Villager Jockey (Baby-Villager zombie riding a Chicken).


Chicken Jockeys will chase Players and Villagers in an attempt to kill them, similar to a regular Zombie or Husk. It can pass through a one-block-high gap if it is the only possible path for it to reach its target, but the rider will suffocate as it passes through.


Should you ever encounter a Chicken Jockey in survival mode, it's best to try to engage it in close combat. Their high speed and small hit-box make long-range projectiles like Arrows somewhat ineffective. The more effective, and more expensive, alternative is to get in close and throw Splash Potions of Healing at your feet. This will heal you, defeat the rider, and spare the chicken. This strategy is inadvisable for Spider Jockeys, because the Spider will still attack after its rider dies. Since the hostile mob is riding a Chicken, it takes no fall damage.




Since Baby Zombies or Husks have a 5% chance of mounting a nearby Chicken, the Chicken Jockey can also drop the Weapons or Armor they had before riding the Chicken. Additionally, if killed by a Charged Creeper , they drop a Zombie Head.

Baby Villager Zombie Jockey

This type of jockey has exactly the same health, drops, Experience points, and attack strength as a regular Chicken Jockey, except the rider is a Baby Zombie Villager.


  • Chicken Jockeys can be summoned through the command /summon Zombie ~ ~1 ~ {IsBaby:1,Riding:{id:Chicken}} while Pigman Jockeys can be summoned through the command /summon PigZombie ~ ~1 ~ {IsBaby:1,Riding:{id:Chicken}}.
  • The Pigman Jockey is the only jockey who is completely neutral.
  • It is the only jockey with four different variant types: Baby Zombie, Baby Husk, Baby Villager Zombie, and Baby Zombie Pigman.
  • There is a bug in Minecraft: Pocket Edition where a baby zombie can spawn riding a Cow or a Wolf.
  • The Wither can harm the Baby Zombie while attacking the Chicken, despite the Baby Zombie being an undead mob. This is due to the Chicken still being a passive mob.


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