This is an idea for a decorative block that doubles as a specific option for chicken farms: It could be crafted with an alternating pattern of 4 wheat and 4 sticks, creating a chicken nest the size of a slab.
When a chicken is standing directly on the nest block, the player could right-click it, causing the chicken to sit in the nest. Eggs laid by that sitting chicken will go into a GUI for the nest, kind of like a hopper. Chickens will freely walk around once prompted by the player or when they’ve laid their first egg. Then, they’ll remember the nest as their own, so they’ll go back to sitting in it when they’re about to lay another egg, instead of laying in some random spot the player would have to go to. Eggs won't be hatched into chicks in the nest, so the player can collect the eggs just fine.
In the near future, the nest could maybe perform a similar purpose for other bird mobs added, like the ostrich promised at Minecon.
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