Hay Bale

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Hay Bale
First Appearance 1.6.1
Type of Block Solid Block
Stackable Yes 64

A hay bale is a decorative, flammable block added in 1.6.1. Created with nine pieces of wheat, it can be used as a decoration block for farm-related buildings (e.g. stables, barns) or to breed llamas and feed horses. When placing hay, it will behave much like wood blocks in that they will orient themselves according to a player's location relative to the block.


Hay Bales can commonly be found scattered around in Plains Villages, and to a lesser extent in savanna and desert villages. They can also generate as part of targets/scarecrows in pillager outposts.


Though not edible by players, Hay Bales can be fed to horses, donkeys, or mules to heal up to 10 hearts and can also speed up the growth of baby horses ("foals") by three minutes.

Hay bales can be used to breed llamas.

Hay bales also neglect fall damage by 80% when you fall on top of them. An unarmored player with full health and no effects can fall as far as 110 blocks onto a hay bale and still survive with half a heart remaining.

If a hay bale is placed under a campfire, the height to which its smoke particles will rise will be increased from 10 to 25 blocks.


Wheat x9
(Shapeless recipe)
None None None
None Hay Bale None
None None None
None Redstone None
Redstone Hay Bale Redstone
None Redstone None


A Hay Bale can be harvested with any tool or by hand, but a hoe is the fastest.


  • Creating hay from wheat is biologically/technically impossible as hay is a completely different type of plant than wheat.
  • During the snapshots of Minecraft 1.6, the hay bale was called hay block.
  • The hay bale can be placed in two different ways which are vertical and horizontal (like barrels).