With this mod, you no longer have to kill chicken to collect feathers (and craft arrows). Chicken will now naturally shed a feather every 4 to 10 min, in the same way they naturally lay an egg every 5 to 10 min. Download the mod here:
To install this mod, just use WinZip to open your minecraft.jar and simply drag the file rd.class into minecraft.jar.
This mod is for version 1.2.5 of minecraft
Also, in version 1.2.5, you can test this mod easily with the seed: chicken
There will be a bunch of chicken right behind where you spawn. Remember, the feathers only drop after 4 to 10 min.
I also have a really simple texture mod (you can see it in the above pic) that replaces the meat on your food bar by vegetarian/vegan friendly apples! Just replace your icons.png by this one here:
I took the above pic while testing the frequency of feather dropping. I think they where dropping once every 6 or 7 seconds then! I might add different drop rate options of this mod if the demand is there. Just ask, and if the demand is there, I'll do it. Now that I've installed the whole MCP thing and everything, it's quite easy for me to go in and create an other rd.class file with a different drop rate.
For your information, the drop rate of eggs is random(6000)+6000. Since 6000 ticks equals about 5 min, a chicken drops an egg every 5 to 10 min. I've set the feather dropping to random(6000)+5000, so a feather will drop every 4.1 to 9.1 min approximately.
These are my very first mods, and I thought I'd share them with you guys. If you like/dislike them, or just to tell me if the mod work or not for you, please don't hesitate to post below. Any feedback would be real nice
Cool mod! Chickens must be losing their marbles...
Actually, all birds naturally and constantly shed their old feathers, and replaces them with new feathers.
This process of replacement is called molting. The old, worn feathers are loosened in their sockets by the growth of new intruding feathers, which eventually push them out. Molting occurs in regular patterns over a bird's body, and, depending on the type of bird, the entirety of a bird's feathers is replaced in this way once or twice a year.
For example, birds that live in temperate-zones require more insulating feathers in the winter than in the summer. The type of feathers is changed in the process of molting, and winter plumage may contain more than half as many feathers as summer plumage.
Also, many male birds usually molts into their most colorful plumage prior to the breeding season.
Some birds, such as ducks, swans and pelicans, change their feathers all at once in a period as short as two to four weeks! And they cannot fly during this period, making them vulnerable to predators.
Most birds however molt over a much longer period, and in a pattern where new feathers have grown to be functional before the old ones they're replacing are shed. This way it does not impede their ability to fly.
Just wondering if you could make this Modloader compatible down the road? I love this mod to death, and the fact that you actually know about real birds when making a mod about one just makes me feel.... I dunno, safe? Lawl. See ya.
I first saw this mod about a month ago. Now I use a mod that I need feathers for (mystcraft) but its such a pain having to kill the chickens and breed more in the hope of getting feathers, so I spent the last 3 hours searching for this mod.
Are there any plans to update this mod for 1.3.1? It'd be nice to have a way to get feathers without killing chickens again. (Not that I've used the mod before. I'm still remembering when zombies were an alternative feather source.)