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FAQ/Walkthrough by Lirishae

Updated: 08/25/16

Animals

Once Doc gives you a barn and Hunter arrives in your valley, your ranch story will begin. Hunter sells five types of livestock: calves, lambs, chicks, a horse, and a dog. Cows, sheep, and chickens will produce milk, wool, and eggs in various qualities ranking from normal to Great, Ultimate, Supreme, and Miracle. These products will be necessary for crafting and to complete various quests, so it is advisable to own at least one of each animal. In order to raise chickens, you must first purchase a coop from Doc for 8,000 G, 15 Softwood Lumber, 15 Material Stone, and 10 Soil. A normal barn and chicken coop can house up to five animals while an upgraded barn will hold seven. For more information about the basics of animal care, see the Farming and Ranching Basics section.

Feeding Time
Once they reach the food trough, animals will continue to eat until the top of the hour (e.g. 7:00 AM, 8:00 AM, etc.). Since animals move around the barn rather clumsily, you may want to "warp" them to their positions at the feeding trough by opening the save/load menu or checking the notebook in the lower left corner of the barn. The first animal in your roster will eat the first unit of food you place, the second animal will eat the second unit of food placed, and so on. You can use this knowledge to make specific animals eat different types of feed. Since animals can't be milked or sheared unless they are full, you may want to care for your chickens while waiting for them to finish eating.

Hibernation
If you use ARCHITECT to place your barn or coop in your bag, the animals inside will hibernate. They do not get hungry, sick, stressed, dirty, or lose hearts, and their lifespans will not decrease in this state. Any time you are tired of barn chores or need a few extra hours in a day to work on a project, try putting away your barn and coop for a bit until you're ready to tackle animal husbandry again.