How to Feed Chickens in Stardew Valley

The critically acclaimed farm life game Stardew Valley is filled with many different animals for players to raise. Shortly after inheriting your dearly departed grandfather’s farm, raising the livestock becomes your number one priority. That’s why it’s best to start small with chickens. With this brief guide, we’ll show you the easy steps on how to feed your chickens and start farming eggs.

How Do You Feed Chickens in Stardew Valley?

Stardew Valley How to Feed Chickens - Coop with hay

Chickens in Stardew Valley love to eat grass and hay. You can let chickens feed on grass freely by letting them out of the coop. They’ll go outside and eat the grass on their own, while also gaining a boost in mood as well. In addition, stacks of hay can be placed in front of the feeding trough at the back of the coop.

Feeding your chickens will return produce either a brown or white egg every morning. Down the line, as you feed them more grass and hay, you’ll eventually be able to produce larger eggs with the friendships you’ve established with the animals.

Letting them eat grass is a no-brainer, but you still need to know how to prepare hay for chickens. One simple route is to head over to Marnie’s Ranch and purchase bales of hay for 50g. The other option is to harvest it with a scythe by cutting grass. However, you have to keep an unfilled silo on deck for when you use your scythe; otherwise, it’s a dead effort. Silos can be constructed by talking with Robin. After you build one, the hay you harvested will be kept in a box at the top left corner of your coop, ready to be fed.

Remember to Stockpile Hay for Winter

While grass can be plentiful when it comes to maintaining resources, it’s also important to remember that grass is essentially dead during the winter season. In other words, grass will not grow, so stock up on hay while you still have time in the season. The chickens will need it, especially since they’ll refuse to go outside if it’s cold. The better you take care of them, the better of a chance they’ll lay some big eggs for you.

The winter season can bring harvesting to a halt, so be sure to keep a silo ready to be filled with hay. It’s probably one of the easiest resources to obtain too, so make sure you have enough to maintain a stable farm.

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C. Anthony Rivera is a freelance writer from Chicago, IL. He graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Writing and has been published on several gaming websites with reviews, news articles, and guides. He is currently working on a novel.