The sea turtles in Minecraft are among some of the most peaceful and giving creatures to roam the land and sea. With their unique character, they’re able to produce a number of useful items, including their own offspring in the form of turtle eggs. We all know you need seagrass to start the breeding process between two turtles, but what’s the issue with the hatching time? They seem to take forever to crack open, but our notes below will tell you what you need to know on how to hatch turtle eggs.
How to Hatch Turtle Eggs in Minecraft
It takes around four or five in-game days for the turtle eggs to hatch in Minecraft. The process starts once the mother sea turtle lays the eggs in its sand/beach habitat. However, the cracking will occur at night, so it’s best to be near the eggs at all times. As soon as you hear the first crack, be ready for the ultimate hatch. It will crack a second time which will signify the sea turtle’s approaching birth. And once the third crack occurs, the baby turtle will then be a part of your world.
The reason why hatching is a little more complicated to deal with is due to its extensive duration and random ticks. Again, it will take 4-5 days for the hatching to occur, but there’s a quick workaround to that. Players can optionally utilize the “/gamerule” command to manipulate the rate of the random tick speed. This will ensure that the eggs will hatch much quicker. The default random tick speed is set at 5, but we’re going to kick it up a few notches. The command for this is: /gamerule randomTickSpeed 50000. Whenever the eggs are done hatching or whenever you’re ready to move on, be sure to reset the command with: /gamerule randomTickSpeed 3.
It’s important to keep in mind that these little eggs are highly fragile. If you were to jump on top of them, they will break and you’ll have to start again. While the players aren’t the ones we’re concerned about, it’s the zombies that should be on our alert radar. Nearby zombies and their variants will approach the unborn eggs and stomp on them until they’re no more. You can set up a temporary post while wielding your sword and shield to protect the eggs.
Once the babies are free to go, you can start feeding them seagrass to increase their growth rate. They’re baby sea turtles so they’ll probably be eating a lot if you plan on feeding them. And when they finally grow up to be an adult, you’ll receive a scute in your inventory.
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C. Anthony Rivera is a freelance writer from Chicago, IL. He graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Writing and has been published on several gaming websites with reviews, news articles, and guides. He is currently working on a novel.