Stardew Valley is a farming simulator where earning income from crops and farm animals is essential to progress through the game. Barns are one of the buildings that you can place on your farm in order to raise cattle, and they can be upgraded. As you invest more and more resources into a barn you can raise more kinds of animals.

Buildings are especially important on the new Beach map, where crops aren’t as easy to grow. The barn animals’ products can also be turned into even more valuable goods, with a little extra time. This guide details everything you need to know about your shiny new barn, and how to earn the most money from your investment.

Updated on August 19, 2021 by Gabrielle Huston: Barns are one of the first buildings you’ll be able to add to your farm, but they may be able to hold more than you realize! We’ve updated this guide to provide extra information about barns so that you can optimize where you place them, which animals you keep in them, and more.

Barn Levels

Stardew Valley Barn and Upgrades Split Image

Every barn takes up a 7×4 space on the farm, so there’s no need to worry about extra space as it gets upgraded. To move your barn, speak to Robin at her home outside of town, ask to build new buildings, and then select the ‘Move Buildings’ option in the bottom right. These are the different barn levels available:

BarnBig BarnDeluxe Barn
Construction Details
  • Built brand new!
  • Takes x days to build
  • Must be built on top of an existing barn.
  • Takes 2 days to upgrade
  • Must be built on top of an existing barn.
  • Takes 2 days to upgrade
Building Materials Required
  • 6,000g
  • 350 Wood
  • 150 Stone
  • 12,000g
  • 450 Wood
  • 200 Stone
  • 25,000g
  • 550 Wood
  • 300 Stone
Number Of Animals It Can Hold4812
Kinds Of Animals It Can Hold
  • Cow
  • Ostrich
  • Goat (once unlocked in a Big Barn)
  • Sheep (once unlocked in a Deluxe Barn)
  • Pig (once unlocked in a Deluxe Barn)
  • Cow
  • Ostrich
  • Goat
  • Sheep (once unlocked in a Deluxe Barn)
  • Pig (once unlocked in a Deluxe Barn)
  • Cow
  • Ostrich
  • Goat
  • Sheep
  • Pig
Kinds Of Animals Unlocked
  • Cow (unlocked after building your first Barn, then can be purchased from Marnie)
  • Ostrich (unlocked by incubating Ostrich Eggs in an Ostrich Incubator in any size barn)
  • Goat (unlocked after building your first Big Barn, then can be purchased from Marnie)
  • Sheep (unlocked after building your first Deluxe Barn, then can be purchased from Marnie)
  • Pig (unlocked after building your first Deluxe Barn, then can be purchased from Marnie)
Size7 spaces long, 4 spaces wide7 spaces long, 4 spaces wide7 spaces long, 4 spaces wide
Special Features
  • Hay Hopper
  • Feeding Bench
  • Hay Hopper
  • Feeding Bench
  • Ability For Animals To Get Pregnant
  • Hay Hopper
  • Feeding Bench
  • Ability For Animals To Get Pregnant
  • Auto-Feed System

Special Features, Explained

Stardew Valley - Inside a Deluxe Barn with arrows pointing out special features

The preliminary barn comes with a hay hopper, which permits you to get right of entry to hay from your silos within the barn, in addition to a feeding bench to put out hay for the animals to devour.

On pinnacle of the hay hopper and feeding bench, the massive barn allows your animals to get pregnant and have infants. Pregnancy is an alternative that may be switched on and rancid for each person animal, except for ostriches. You will understand that an animal were given pregnant because, while getting into a barn for the primary time that day, a message will pop up to mention that they gave start and asking you to go into a call for the new baby.

The Deluxe Barn comes with the hay hopper, feeding bench, and being pregnant alternatives from the previous models, however it additionally provides an “vehicle-feed machine” that distributes hay alongside the feeding bench as long as you’ve got sufficient stored to your silo. While it’s a large relief now not to ought to feed your animals each day through hand, it additionally approach which you want to be greater careful to keep your silo stocked. If you show up to now not check on a selected barn or coop in the future, you can not be aware which you’ve run out of hay.

The Animals

Stardew Valley Barn Animals, (Left to Right) Cow Sheep Pig Ostrich Goat Split Image

Animals need to be fed one portion (one hay or a bit of fresh grass) every day, except under special conditions:

  • They don’t need to be fed the first day they arrive on the farm (whether born, hatched, or purchased)
  • They don’t need to be fed on any festival day; the game will consider them fed but will consume no hay or grass (the exception to this rule is the Night Market in winter, which you can leave or enter freely)

If an animal isn’t fed they will not die, but they will stop producing their products.

Note: The sale price for animal products is increased by 20% if you have the Rancher Profession. Likewise, the processed artisan goods made from animal products will sell for 40% more gold if you have the Artisan Profession.

Cow

Stardew Valley - Player milking Cows
  • How To Unlock And Obtain: Purchased from Marnie for 1,500g once you’ve built your first barn
  • Produces: Every Day – Milk (or Large Milk, once sufficient friendship and happiness levels are reached)
  • Tools Needed: Pail
  • Associated Artisan Good(s): Cheese, made by putting Milk into a Cheese Press
  • Sell Price At Full Friendship: 1,950g

There are two varieties of cows (white and brown) and the game chooses a color at random (50/50 chance) when you purchase one. The type of cow does not make a difference to the milk they produce.

Type/QualityNormal Quality Sell PriceSilver Quality Sell PriceGold Quality Sell PriceIridium Quality Sell Price
Milk125g156g187g250g
Large Milk190g237g285g380g
Cheese230g287g345g460g

Ostrich

Stardew Valley - Player standing with a bunch of Ostriches
  • How To Unlock And Obtain: Ostriches can’t be purchased. They can only be acquired by hatching an Ostrich Egg in an Ostrich Incubator.
  • Produces: Every Seven Days – Ostrich Eggs
  • Tools Needed: N/A
  • Associated Artisan Good(s): Mayonnaise, made by putting an Ostrich Egg into a Mayonnaise Machine (one Ostrich Egg produces 10 jars of Mayonnaise)
  • Sell Price At Full Friendship: 20,800g
Type/QualityNormal Quality Sell PriceSilver Quality Sell PriceGold Quality Sell PriceIridium Quality Sell Price
Ostrich Egg600g750g900g1,200g
Mayonnaise190g237g237g380g

Goat

Stardew Valley - Player standing with her goats
  • How To Unlock And Obtain: Purchased from Marnie for 4,000g once you’ve built your first Big Barn
  • Produces: Every Other Day – Goat Milk (or Large Goat Milk, once sufficient friendship and happiness levels are reached)
  • Tools Needed: Pail
  • Associated Artisan Good(s): Goat Cheese, made by putting Goat Milk into a Cheese Press
  • Sell Price At Full Friendship: 5,200g
Type/QualityNormal Quality Sell PriceSilver Quality Sell PriceGold Quality Sell PriceIridium Quality Sell Price
Goat Milk225g281g337g450g
Large Goat Milk345g431g517g690g
Goat Cheese400g500g600g800g

Sheep

Stardew Valley - Player standing with her sheep
  • How To Unlock And Obtain: Purchased from Marnie for 8,000g once you’ve built your first Deluxe Barn
  • Produces: Every Third Day – Wool
  • Tools Needed: Shears
  • Associated Artisan Good(s): Cloth, made by putting Wool into a Loom
  • Sell Price At Full Friendship: 10,400g
Type/QualityNormal Quality Sell PriceSilver Quality Sell PriceGold Quality Sell PriceIridium Quality Sell Price
Wool340g425g510g680g
Cloth470gN/AN/AN/A

Wool can be turned into cloth by a Loom. If the wool is high quality, there’s a chance that it’ll produce two batches of Cloth. Silver quality has a 10% chance, gold quality has a 25% chance, and iridium quality has a 50% chance.

Pig

Stardew Valley - Player standing with a bunch of pigs
  • How To Unlock And Obtain: Purchased from Marnie for 16,000g once you’ve built your first Deluxe Barn
  • Produces: Truffles
  • Tools Needed: N/A
  • Associated Artisan Good(s): Truffle Oil, made by putting Truffles into an Oil Maker
  • Sell Price At Full Friendship: 20,800g

Unlike other animals, you don’t interact with the pig to get their product, and the pig won’t produce anything if they’re trapped inside the barn. The reason to buy pigs is so that they will snuff out truffles for you.

Pigs will find one truffle every day, assuming these conditions are met:

  • they have been fed
  • they are outside the barn (so it is not raining, snowing, storming, or Winter)
  • there are available spaces to place a truffle (spaces with no paths, flooring, grass, etc.)
Type/QualityNormal Quality Sell PriceSilver Quality Sell PriceGold Quality Sell PriceIridium Quality Sell Price
Truffle625g781g937g1,250g
Truffle Oil1,065gN/AN/AN/A

Animals Outside

Stardew Valley Barn Animals Outside

During The Day

If you allow your barn animals to be outside, it will help to improve their mood — animals are like plants, they need sunlight too!

While outside, barn animals will eat fresh grass growing on the farm, assuming they can reach it. This will count as their daily portion, so they won’t eat hay from your stash. Just because the grass is technically in a place they could reach does not mean that the animal is guaranteed to find and eat it — if they don’t, they will eat hay.

Eating fresh grass gives animals the very best mood possible (being “very happy today!”) automatically. Animals who wander outside and have access to crops growing on the farm will not eat your crops.

Animals don’t leave the barn, even if the door is open, under certain conditions…

  • if it’s after 6 p.m.
  • if it’s Winter
  • if it’s rainy, stormy, or snowy

At Night

Stardew Valley - Player with sleepy cow

Animals will return to their assigned building around 6 p.m. in the evening and go to sleep. If you aren’t using an Auto-Grabber, you can close the doors at this time so the animals will not escape in the morning before you can interact with them.

If you close a barn door before all the animals have returned for the night, the ones that are still outside will be trapped. If it rains the next day, the animals will even stay out in the rain. No matter the conditions, if they were trapped outside overnight, their mood will be grumpy the next day.

Barn animals left out may also be attacked by wild animals during the night. There’s a 50% chance for a wild animal attack to occur, so long as some animal was left outside and no other events (such as a Bundle event) are set to occur. The attacked barn animal is removed from the farm, and the other animals from its home barn will have a negative mood, with a message reading that the animals “look stressed and paranoid today. It seems like something bad happened last night.”