Livestock, and Increasing Affection Limit

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Livestock affections

Players who purchased livestock in Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town should quickly notice affection no longer works the same as versions before. All livestock purchased now has a limit of 5 hearts. That is to say, players cannot get L-sized product unless they do something about it.

On a bright note, increasing the affection limit of livestock is not critically difficult. It requires a lot of patience though. Players can increase the livestock’s affection limit by one through breeding. For better understanding:

  • 5♡ limit → give birth → 6♡ limit.
  • 6♡ limit → give birth → 7♡ limit.
  • Cycle continues until 10♡ limit, which is the maximum you can get.
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Breeding takes a lot of time and patience.

Alternatively, once you own a 10♡ limit livestock, if you ever purchase a new livestock of the same kind from ranch or poultry farm, the child it will give birth to will immediately jump to 10♡ limit, not 6♡ limit. Therefore, it is highly suggested for players to breed the normal cow first, and only opt for flavored cows once the normal one has 10♡ limit.

Difference between Normal and Flavored Cows

It is important to note that only normal milk can be used in culinary. Flavored milks produced by flavored cows can only be used for shipping or gifting. So, it is actually more beneficial to own more normal cows.

Difference between Normal and Brown Chicken

Unlike cows, there are actually no difference between the two of them, other than the colors of course. They even produce the same kind of eggs. For players who wanted both colors in their farm, the best way is to increase the affection limit for one of the color first. Once you are ready, purchase the other color from poultry farm and attempt incubate any egg laid in the next morning. Players can save a night before the egg hatch, because the chick color hatched will be random so long you have both adult chicken of different color in your farm.

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Letting your animals out to feed themselves.

Feeding Your Livestock

Keeping your livestock happy will assure them providing you a substantial income in game, especially winter. Be sure to feed them everyday. An easier way is to ring the bell located outside of the poultry barn or barn in your farm to let your animals out to find food for themselves. Chicken and angora rabbits gets “free food” this way, while barn animals (cow, sheep and alpaca) consume grass planted in field (not weed). Always remember that your livestock will not appreciate going out during rainy day or during winter, so only let them out during a sunny non-winter.

Pregnant livestock will not head out when you ring bell though, you need to specifically put food in the designated “pregnant food box” for them to eat. They will not eat food put anywhere else (Hera learnt the hard way to realize that, sigh). Missing food will delay their pregnancy due. On the other hand, you can hand feed them (or any livestock) by giving food to them directly.

Last but not the least, all livestock released outside will return to their poultry barn / barn at 8:30 PM automatically. No more pushing, yay!

Increasing Livestock Affections

The easiest (and free) way is to talk to them everyday. You can also purchase brush from Saibara, and brush your barn animals everyday. It is not too advisable to waste Harvest Spirit in taking care of animals. After all, Harvest Spirits will ship your animal product instantly without further processing them (to fetch even higher price). Also, given you talk and brush your livestock inside the barn, no time will be consumed anyway.

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Brushing your livestock.

33 COMMENTS

  1. My chicken will only have a max of 6 hearts, even though i make sure to sell the adult chicken and put the egg in the incubator right away (i only have one chicken at a time) is this a glitch?

    • AFAIK, you have to keep the chicken until the egg hatches. not too sure but it may be the case, So wait for it to hatch before selling the mother hen

    • Wait until your new baby chicks become adult before you put new egg in the incubator again, don’t put immediately after birth.
      Ex: 5 max heart chicken lay egg -> put in the incubator -> wait until hatch -> baby chick with max 6 hearts (from this point DON’T put another egg in incubator, or else the new second chick will have same max 6 hearts instead of 7) -> baby chick become adult chicken (now you CAN put new egg in incubator).

      • So when your 6-star chick becomes a hen, do you need to sell your 5-star hen to make sure the next egg you incubate will hatch into a 7-star chick? Or does any incubated egg will automatically hatch into a 8-star?

  2. if you have one 10 star chicken how can you get all of the eggs the normal,good,excellent, for the recipes or if it calls for a good egg but all you have is excellent will that count?

    • You would have to buy a new chicken and starts from the bottom, the best egg cannot be used for recipe that requires normal/good

  3. How long it take to make Sheep, Alpaca, and rabbit become adult? Cause i have 5 heart sheep and alpaca but cant make it pregnant and still look same since i bought it 2 seasons ago

  4. Sheep & Alpaca: Pregnancy (12~ Days) -> Baby Sheep/Alpaca (14 Days) -> Adult Sheep/Alpaca

    so by 14 days your sheep and alpaca -should- be adult. did you remember to feed them?

  5. Can anyone verify this phase? is it true? “Alternatively, once you own a 10♡ limit livestock, if you ever purchase a new livestock of the same kind from ranch or poultry farm, the child it will give birth to will immediately jump to 10♡ limit, not 6♡ limit. Therefore, it is highly suggested for players to breed the normal cow first, and only opt for flavored cows once the normal one has 10♡ limit.”

    • I don’t understand the logic at play here, it’s not like if you breed the normal cow to 10♡, the normal cow can give birth to other color cows… so what does the sequence/order matter? You are gonna have to breed all the different color cows to 10♡ anyway if you want all of them at max.

    • I can NOT confirm this. I bred my normal cows to 10 hearts, then wanted to breed my coffee cow who had 5 hearts. The offspring only had 6 hearts and not the promised 10. Unless this is related to the fact that the 10 heart normal cow was still a baby when I got the coffee cow pregnant, which doesn’t make any sense whatsoever, this is a rumor. I will breed my fruit cow and see if that baby will now get 10 hearts, but I doubt it.

      • It’s not a rumor, you’re just misunderstanding where it says “if you ever purchase a new livestock..” Once you have a cow with 10 and want coffee/fruit cow(s) with the level cap raised to 10, you only need to go buy them and the new *purchased* cow will have the 10. It doesn’t apply for breeding. That’s also why it recommends holding off altogether on buying/breeding the cow variations until you have one cow at 10.

        Tldr: don’t bother breeding your fruit/coffee cows that you already have, just go buy new ones and they’ll be at 10 if you already have at least one cow type at 10.

        Hope that helps! Sorry if it was a bit redundant haha

        • This isn’t true though either?
          Right now I have 2 normal cows at 9 and 10 hearts (and 2 strawberry cows at 5 and 6 each). I bought a coffee and a fruit cow *after the 10 heart cow was born*. Both had 5 hearts. Both offspring of those 2 only have 6 hearts. So something is clearly off here? The only thing I can think of is selling all non 10 heart cows and try again? Though that doesn’t sound logical either tbh…

  6. 1. How long it takes for the pregnacy period of each animals. For chicken how long the egg need to be in the incubator?

    2. How long it takes for each animal to become adult?

    Thanks!

  7. Why are my livestock consuming twice the amount of food every day?

    Example: i feed all animals by hand, leave 8 fodder in the bins and one in the pregnancy bin (i have a pregnant Alpaca) for the next day. I also have 2 cows (1 adult, 1 calf) and 1 adult sheep.

    The next morning, animals are all hungry, but food placed in bins are all gone.

    Why?

    • You don’t need to place food in the bins for animals you feed by hand, it already counts as them being fed for the day, adding food to the bins after is just a waste of fodder/feed.

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