The Ultimate Guide to Animal Husbandry in Stardew Valley: From Chickens to Ostriches

Animal husbandry is a critical aspect of Stardew Valley, impacting everything from your daily income to relationship building with villagers. Understanding each animal’s quirks and benefits can vastly improve your farming experience. In this comprehensive guide, we delve into each animal type to give you a leg-up in your farming journey.

Chickens

Chickens are the bread and butter of Stardew Valley animal husbandry. They provide a consistent source of income through their eggs, which can also be used in cooking recipes. You can also donate eggs to the museum or use them for offerings.

Income

  • Eggs: 50g
  • Large Eggs: 100g

Chickens in a coop in Stardew Valley
A well-maintained coop is important for keeping your chickens happy.

Ducks

Ducks are less productive than chickens but offer a different range of products, including duck feathers. Their eggs are also useful for offerings and cooking.

Products

  • Duck Eggs
  • Duck Feathers (High-quality product)

Income

  • Duck Eggs: 75g
  • Duck Feathers: 200g
ducks

Dinosaurs

Though not traditional farm animals, dinosaurs in Stardew Valley are more like pets. Their eggs are a low-yield product but can be used for various purposes such as making Dinosaur Hats or donated to the museum.

Products

  • Dinosaur Eggs

Income

  • Dinosaur Eggs: 100g

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Dinosaurs need to be hatched from dinosaur eggs and produce a dinosaur egg every seven days

Void Chickens

These mysterious birds lay Void Eggs. While initially more profitable than regular chickens, they’re less so in the long run.

Income

  • Void Eggs: 100g

Rabbits

Rabbits offer two types of products: rabbit’s foot and wool. Both are useful for offerings and the former is a favorite gift among many villagers.

Products

  • Wool
  • Rabbit’s Foot (High-quality product)

Image of a rabbit
Rabbits produce animal wool every four days and may drop rabbit’s feet under certain conditions

Cows

Cows are reliable animals that produce milk daily. The milk can be processed into cheese or used for offerings.

Products

  • Milk
  • Large Milk (High-quality product)

Income

  • Milk: 150g
  • Large Milk: 250g

Image of a cow
Cows come in white and brown and produce milk every day

Goats

Goats are less productive but their products can also be turned into cheese.

Products

  • Goat Milk
  • Large Goat Milk (High-quality product)

Image of a goat
Goats produce goat milk every other day when their mood value is high enough

Sheep

Sheep are unique for their wool, which can be sheared every few days. With certain upgrades and good care, they can even produce wool daily.

Products

  • Wool

Income

  • Wool: 300g

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Sheep produce wool every three days and may be sheared using shears

Pigs

Pigs are high-maintenance but also high-reward. They produce truffles that can be processed into truffle oil. These can be a significant source of income.

Products

  • Truffles

Income

  • Truffles: 1250g

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Pigs forage for truffles outside and produce them when certain conditions are met

Ostriches

Ostriches are late-game animals that provide decent income. They are more like pets and are not available until later in the game.

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Ostriches require an Ostrich Incubator to hatch Ostrich Eggs

Conclusion

Animal husbandry in Stardew Valley offers a rich and rewarding experience. Each animal comes with its unique benefits and challenges, contributing to the complexity and enjoyment of the game. With this guide, you are now better equipped to maximize your farming venture in the valley.

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