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Thread: variable might not have been initialized

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    Default variable might not have been initialized

    Hi all,

    Annoying problem I keep getting as shown in title.

    basic info about my program :

    menu appears, if the user enters 4 then they set some words to a string (for instance String chicken = "feather" ).

    Then if they enter 3 my program is supposed to print the string (in this case feather).

    The variable is declared at the beginning but only assigned a value in 4.

    How can I get around this?

    I tried using an if chicken.equals ("") but that didnt work :/

    Thanks guys

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    Default Re: variable might not have been initialized

    If you don't post an SSCCE, we can't really help you.

    But that Exception is pretty self-explanatory: it occurs when a variable isn't guaranteed to be initialized. Did you google the Exception? I'm sure there are a ton of explanations for why this could be happening.
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