An automatic chicken farm in Minecraft is a great way to get a recurring source of food. Very few materials are needed to build, but having one can essentially eliminate the need for farming crops if a player prefers cooked meat.
Although the automatic chicken farms in the game differ from each other, they tend to follow the same premise.
A dispenser takes chicken eggs and shoots them to spawn new chickens. The chicken grows to its full size and dies in a pool of lava, which immediately spews out cooked chicken. The chicken is then funneled into a chest via the hopper, where players can pick it up whenever they want.
Materials needed to create a basic automatic chicken farm
Different farm layouts require different amounts of blocks and items in Minecraft, but a basic automatic chicken farm shouldn’t require much.
For a basic farm, players will need:
- One chest or double chest
- a dispensing block
- two hoppers
- 10 glass blocks (other building blocks may be enough but will not provide vision inside the machine)
- a bucket of lava
- A slab block made from any type of stone (wooden slabs will burn in the machine)
- A piece of redstone dust
- Three standard building blocks (the sturdier the better)
- A red stone comparator
- A fence post (wooden posts can work, but a fireproof material like nether brick or crimson or warped mushroom is a better idea)
- Some chickens to start
While this may sound daunting, building an automatic farm is not as difficult as it might seem.
Minecraft players won’t need extensive knowledge of redstone mechanics or anything like that. In just a few minutes, they should be able to easily create a recurring platter of cooked chicken.
Players need to make sure to bring multiple chickens to the farm early on. Otherwise, the machine can kill chickens faster than it can create them with eggs.
Steps to build a basic automatic cooked chicken farm in Minecraft
Here are the steps you can follow to build a basic automatic cooked chicken farm in Minecraft:
- Place your chest block in a spot that you feel is appropriate. Attach one of the hoppers to it. On top of the hopper, place your stone slab block.
- Place two of your glass blocks on top of the chest block vertically. Behind the stone slab, place your dispenser block. Make sure the dispenser is facing the slab. Next, connect your second hopper to the dispenser. This can be done by placing the hopper on top of the dispenser.
- Box in the top of the hopper indicated in Step 2. This will be the holding area in which the chickens will reside. Directly in front of the hopper, create another boxed-in area, leaving space directly in front of the hopper to place your lava before sealing it.
- Place a building block behind the dispenser block. On top of this building block, place your redstone comparator, making sure the arrow on the comparator is facing away from the lava. Behind the comparator, place an additional building block.
- Place another building block two blocks down. On top of this final block, place your redstone dust.
- Lure your chickens into the hole you created in Step 3 and seal the top with the fence post. The chickens will not be able to escape. Alternatively, if you have eggs, you can just throw them into the hole until a few chickens spawn.
- As a finishing touch, you can lay slabs on your glass blocks on top of the farm. This is not exactly necessary. However, if you are using a piece of wooden fencing, it can prevent chickens from escaping. It also protects the nearby lava fence piece from fire. Depending on the difficulty mode you’re playing on, the heat from the lava can cause some flammability issues if you’re not careful.
If built correctly, Minecraft players should now be able to see their auto farm go live. It may take some time, depending on how long it takes for the hens to lay eggs. However, once they do, the farm will start spawning chickens and kill them with lava once they reach adulthood. All that’s left afterward is picking up your cooked chicken.
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