Stardew Valley: The Ultimate Guide To Raising Animals

Mastering Stardew Valley is about learning to manage the game’s various systems of farming, mining, fishing, foraging, and fighting. Needless to say, one of the best ways to make money out of these systems is by divining head first into farming. While many players focus on crops, animals can be just as profitable, especially when you learn to manage and change animal products into artisan goods.

Getting animals can be a bit complicated at first as you will need to build both a coop and barn to get started. Some animals will even be impossible to get at first, while others will require you to upgrade the building they live in before Marnie will sell them.

Raising Every Animal

Raising animals is a fun and rewarding process in the game, but many players won’t be able to get started right away as both the coop and barn need to be built. Building the coop will take 4,000g, 100 stone, and 300 wood. The barn is even more expensive to build at 6,000g, 150 stone, and 350 wood. Needless to say, these facilities won’t be built by most players until their first summer and can only hold four animals each.

After both the coop and barn are built, players will also need to worry about upgrading the facilities. Both the coop and barn have two upgrades after initially being built, and without upgrading them, players won’t be able to have every type of animal on their farm. Even getting the horse requires extra effort, as a stable needs to be built before receiving the animal, and this will require hardwood, a hard to get mid-game item. Here are the upgrade requirements for the barn

Big Barn – 8 Animals

  • 12,000g
  • 450 Wood
  • 200 Stone

Deluxe Barn – 12 Animals

  • 25,000g
  • 550 Wood
  • 300 Stone

The Coop upgrades cost slightly less than the barn:

Big Coop – 8 Animals

  • 10,000g
  • 400 Wood
  • 150 Stone

Deluxe Coop – 12 Animals

  • 20,000g
  • 500 Wood
  • 200 Stone

Once the coop and barn are built, players will need to acquire their animals through Marnie, who is located south of the farm. Animals will be delivered as babies and will need to mature before producing any product. Each animal’s maturing process varies. Animals also have a heart level; the higher the level, the better quality product they can produce. Petting them daily and ensuring that they have hay to eat is the only way to raise the heart level. Luckily, animals don’t get sick in Stardew Valley even when left out in the rain or not being fed for several months.

To help players better prepare to raise animals, the guide below lays out everything gamers need to know. Below you will find how to get each animal, how much they cost to buy, what their max sell values are, the products they produce, and how much each product can be sold for.

Standard Coop

Chicken – 800g

  • Produces: Egg, Large Egg
  • Can be Sold For: 1,040g
  • Mature Time: 5 Days

Egg Value:

  • Normal Quality: 24g
  • Silver Quality: 62g
  • Gold Quality: 75g
  • Iridium Quality: 100g

Large Egg Value:

  • Normal Quality: 95g
  • Silver Quality: 117g
  • Gold Quality: 142g
  • Iridium Quality: 190g

Void Chicken -1,200g

  • Produces: Void Egg
  • Can be Sold For: 1,040g
  • Mature Time: 5 Days

Void Egg Value:

  • Normal Quality: 65g
  • Silver Quality: 81g
  • Gold Quality: 97g
  • Iridium Quality: 130g

Big Coop

Duck – 1,200g

  • Produces: Duck Egg, Duck Feather
  • Can be Sold For: 1,560g
  • Mature Time: 5 Days

Duck Egg Value:

  • Normal Quality: 95g
  • Silver Quality: 118g
  • Gold Quality: 142g
  • Iridium Quality: 190g

Duck Feather Value:

  • Normal Quality: 250g
  • Silver Quality: 312g
  • Gold Quality: 375g
  • Iridium Quality: 500g

Dinosaur – Random Egg Drop

  • Produces: Dinosaur Egg
  • Can be Sold For: 1,300g
  • Hatch Time: 12. 5 Days

Dinosaur Egg Value:

  • Normal Quality: 350g
  • Silver Quality: 435g
  • Gold Quality: 525g
  • Iridium Quality: 700g

Deluxe Coop

Rabbit – 8,000g

  • Produces: Wool, Rabbit’s Foot
  • Can be Sold For: 10,400g
  • Mature Time: 6 Days

Wool Value:

  • Normal Quality: 340g
  • Silver Quality: 425g
  • Gold Quality: 510g
  • Iridium Quality: 680g

Rabbit’s Foot Value:

  • Normal Quality: 565g
  • Silver Quality: 706g
  • Gold Quality: 847g
  • Iridium Quality: 1,130g

Barn

Cow – 1.500g

  • Produces: Milk, Large Milk
  • Can be Sold For: 1,950g
  • Mature Time: 5 Days

Milk Value:

  • Normal Quality: 125g
  • Silver Quality: 156g
  • Gold Quality: 187g
  • Iridium Quality: 250g

Large Milk Value:

  • Normal Quality: 190g
  • Silver Quality: 237g
  • Gold Quality: 285g
  • Iridium Quality: 380g

Ostrich – Finding Egg on Ginger Island

  • Produces: Ostrich Egg
  • Can be Sold For: 20,800g
  • Mature Time: 16.5 Days From Start of Incubation

Ostrich Egg Value:

  • Normal Quality: 600g
  • Silver Quality: 750g
  • Gold Quality: 900g
  • Iridium Quality: 1,200g

Big Barn

Goat – 4,000g

  • Produces: Goat Milk, Large Goat Milk
  • Can be Sold For: 5,200g
  • Mature Time: 5 Days

Goat Milk Value:

  • Normal Quality: 225g
  • Silver Quality: 281g
  • Gold Quality: 337g
  • Iridium Quality: 450g

Large Goat Milk Value:

  • Normal Quality: 345g
  • Silver Quality: 431g
  • Gold Quality: 517g
  • Iridium Quality: 690g

Sheep – 8,000g

  • Produces: Wool
  • Can be Sold For: 5,200g
  • Mature Time: 4 Days

Wool Value:

  • Normal Quality: 340g
  • Silver Quality: 425g
  • Gold Quality: 510g
  • Iridium Quality: 680g

Deluxe Barn

Pig – 16,000g

  • Produces: Truffle
  • Can be Sold For: 20,800g
  • Mature Time: 6 Days

Truffle Value:

  • Normal Quality: 625g
  • Silver Quality: 781g
  • Gold Quality: 937g
  • Iridium Quality: 1,250g

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