These days, social media isn’t just for catching up on your friends’ lives, liking every single photo of your cousin’s new puppy or casually seeing what your ex is up to. It’s also a place where tricky brain games, difficult puzzles and positively head-scratching Easter riddles go viral! Like thousands of other people, you may have seen the “If I Had 4 Eggs” riddle come up on your screen during your scrolling downtime and been totally stumped. But ponder no more! We’ve found the answer to this deceptively challenging and viral egg riddle and laid it out below, along with a clear explanation.

You’ll still have to figure it out yourself, but you can see if you’ve solved this egg riddle for the right answer. The next time you see the “If I Had 4 Eggs” riddle come up on your social media feed, you can add it to your Easter caption to challenge your friends and family to solve it as well.

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## What is the viral riddle about 4 eggs?

Here’s the full “If I Had 4 Eggs” riddle: If I had four eggs, and a thief gave me three, and my rooster laid five more, how many eggs do I have?

This viral egg riddle requires careful reading! Your first thought may be that this is a simple math problem: Just add four, plus three, plus five, and you have 12 eggs! Wait, is that it? That seems too easy. Reading the riddle again, you might get stuck on the third line. Whoops! Roosters can’t lay eggs, so those five eggs are impossible. So is the answer seven eggs?

Another popular answer to this egg riddle is one egg, but that answer is incorrect. You’d get to one egg by starting with four and then getting confused about the thief. Why would a thief give you three eggs? But that detailāthat there’s a thiefāis only there to throw you off: The thief doesn’t steal three of your eggs (giving the answer of one); the thief gives them to you. So how do we get to the correct answer to this egg riddle?