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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:14 AM

So basically, every configuration of chicken coop that I have tried has ended up with more than half of my chickens dying, sometimes dropping from 8 to 2. I've tried water moats around the edge of the enclosure, varying depths, I even had them in a 8x9 and 5 deep pit at one point. Somehow, they're managing to kill themselves. I think they're pressing themselves into blocks and suffocating or something... I'm at kind of a loss here. Does anybody have any info on how to prevent this? Because harvesting eggs from the survivors now and then and hoping to rebuild my flock every day is getting old. :(

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:15 AM

Possibly pictures or a video or in-depth explanation of how your chicken coop works, would help?

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:25 AM

View PostFlannelboy, on 20 October 2011 - 02:15 AM, said:

Possibly pictures or a video or in-depth explanation of how your chicken coop works, would help?

Of course, sorry.

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Nothing in the way of elaborate automation or anything, just a surface level pen, with one cobblestone block perimeter with fence on top.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:26 AM

Maybe they are despawning? If you havent tamed them with a mod, im pretty sure that they disappear. Unless you see them actually dying (red body of chicken), then somethings wrong.
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:27 AM

I've encountered the same problem. I managed to fix it by lining the enclosure walls with glass, which isn't counted as a solid block so they won't suffocate even if they momentarily glitch inside it. I assume fences would work as well.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:29 AM

They ARE suffocating. Glass and fences can fix that.
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:34 AM

Yeah, they're actually dying. I find meat and feathers in there. :<

So if I remove the cobblestone layer and just keep the fence, or replace the stone with glass it won't happen?

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:35 AM

I always knew there were hidden foxes in minecraft.
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:41 AM

Ah! There goes another one! D:

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:41 AM

could be a glitch?
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:44 AM

You don't need the cobblestone fence. Fences count as 1.5 blocks high, so no animals can jump out (and no mobs can get in ). Do that and you're sweet. Putting a fence gate helps a lot too

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 03:05 AM

Well, I've replaced the stone with glass blocks. Here's hoping.

On another note, it seems that I am unable to milk my cows. o,o

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 03:18 AM

I've had a terrible time with herding animals.

First I built a chicken coop with a single wooden fence surrounding it.  They were escaping.  Someone told me that they occasionally fly over the fence.

So I made the fence double-height.  At the same time, I made double-height fences around several other pens for cows, pigs, and sheep.  Animals kept escaping from those too.

So I made the fences triple-height and included a fence overhang around the inside of the pens.  Animals *still* escaped.  Someone said that fences were buggy, and because they only occupy a portion of the block animals sometimes teleported through them.

So I rebuilt all my pens with double-height glass walls all the way around.  THEY'RE STILL ESCAPING.

I'm about to put all-glass ceilings over all the pens.  Will that work???
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 03:30 AM

For milking cows, it takes a while. just rapidfire click and hope for the best. :)
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 03:31 AM

View PostGitherax, on 20 October 2011 - 03:18 AM, said:

I've had a terrible time with herding animals.

First I built a chicken coop with a single wooden fence surrounding it.  They were escaping.  Someone told me that they occasionally fly over the fence.

So I made the fence double-height.  At the same time, I made double-height fences around several other pens for cows, pigs, and sheep.  Animals kept escaping from those too.

So I made the fences triple-height and included a fence overhang around the inside of the pens.  Animals *still* escaped.  Someone said that fences were buggy, and because they only occupy a portion of the block animals sometimes teleported through them.

So I rebuilt all my pens with double-height glass walls all the way around.  THEY'RE STILL ESCAPING.



I'm about to put all-glass ceilings over all the pens.  Will that work???


What version of MC do you have? I had the same problem, but it turned out my fence hadn't joined to the nearby blocks properly.

If you can't see fence posts between a normal block (ie dirt) and the fence block, the chickens can squeeze through that gap (try pushing them through it! it's easy to do). You can fix this by getting 1.5 (which binds fences to blocks) or alternatively just adding more fences to the corners or whatever.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:29 AM

Weird. I have all my animals in underground pens at the moment, and have never had a problem with them escaping/dying. Herding them however, that's something else...

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 05:32 AM

With cows, you have to target the rectum, not the udder. The hit box for the juice machine is a little too high. Occasionally you get a cow that just won't milk. I call these "male cows". Even though they have udders.
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 05:41 AM

Well, the glass blocks have worked like a charm and I now have at least a dozen cluckers. I can't even leave the pen without needing to go back in and grabbing an egg I missed. :D

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:31 PM

Click on the cows udder or ears under the horns (pink parts in original texture) to milk them.  Standing one block below them makes clicking the udder much easier. Make a milking stall to keep them in place with a hole you can stand in outside and look up and in to milk them.
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Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:38 PM

my chickens are in a coop filled with water underground with a run off that gathers all the eggs for me :) as for milking cows I jus spam rightclick with a bucket, doesn't seem to matter where I point on em I get my milk :)
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