Whether you don’t know how to start having animals on your farm in Stardew Valley or you just want some help, here are some tips for cows, pigs, ducks, and rabbits.
How to Get Farm Animals
In Stardew Valley, you can’t just buy animals if you don’t have anywhere to leave them. So, the first thing you need to do is building a barn or a coop. To build them, you need to talk with Robin at the Carpenter’s Shop, located in the Mountain area north of Pelican Town.
The options are:
Houses cows, goats, sheep, pigs, and ostriches
Barn: Houses 4 barn-dwelling animals.
Big Barn: Houses 8 barn-dwelling animals. Allows animals to give birth. Unlocks goats.
Deluxe Barn: Houses 12 barn-dwelling animals. Comes with an auto-feed system. Unlocks sheep and pigs.
Houses chickens, ducks, rabbits, and dinosaurs
Coop: Houses 4 coop-dwelling animals.
Big Coop: Houses 8 coop-dwelling animals. Comes with an incubator. Unlocks ducks.
Deluxe Coop: Houses 12 coop-dwelling animals. Comes with an auto-feed system. Unlocks rabbits.
In order to build each one of them, you need a lot of gold, stone and wood. The cheapest one it’s the coop so, if you want to start by it, you’ll begin taking care of chickens.
After you pay Robin, she’ll begin building them for you and, usually after three days, they are ready. Just then, you can buy animals. Animals can be bought at Marnie’s Ranch, south of your farm.
Some animals can also be hatched from an Incubator, if they come from an egg, of course. That it’s the case not only with chickens, but also with dinosaurs and ostriches. Finding them is more difficult and have a whole different process, so they won’t be in this guide.
After you buy the animal and choose where it will live, you can begin taking care of them.
The first thing that you need to know is, baby animals won’t produce anything. So don’t keep waiting for eggs or milk until they are full-grown adults. There are some differences between barn and coop animals, but, in general, they both like the same thing: love. So, some tips are:
Pet them to raise the heart symbol
Make them warm in the winter with a heater placed inside their houses
Don’t let them locked outside during the night
Keep them fed
If animals like you and are happy, there are bigger chances of higher-quality goods and also more goods.
All the animals eat one portion of grass or hay per day. But they do prefer to eat grass directly from the ground.
However, you can’t just decide to never cut the grass since there is no grass during the winter. You have to store some hay. It’s possible to buy some hay with Marie’s or store the hay you cut if you asked Robin to build a silo. The grass you cut has a 50% chance of automatically become hay and then go directly to the silos.
Cows and goats produce milk and a milk pail is required to milk them. Sheep give wool after you harvest it with a pair of shears. Both the shears and the milk pail can make it yourself or buy with Marie. Pigs will find truffles after being let outdoors. It’s possible to make or purchase with Marie an Auto-Grabber to automatically harvest milk from cows and goats and wool from sheep.
Chickens, ducks and rabbits drop eggs. The only thing you have to do is grab them. Ducks can also drop feathers. Sometimes rabbits shed precious wool.
And that’s it what you need to do to take care of the common animals in the barn and in the coop.
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