Introduction to animals
Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of Hay Day is the animals available. They really give the game a lease-of-life compared to just having boring old seeds and crops. There are a large variety of animals that you can buy to help out on the farm, producing resources which you can then process, or sell on straightaway.
It is important to learn which animals produce what resources, so that you can understand those that are best to purchase for your farm. Animals are a big investment, so it’s a decision that you shouldn’t take lightly and requires careful consideration.
While crops do not require any care in Hay Day, unlike in real life to make sure they are well-watered, animals are more difficult to keep happy. You have to feed them before they will start to produce their relevant resource. Like crops, you also have to wait a while before you can collect the resources.
During the tutorial, you are introduced to the animal pens. There is a variety of animal pens available to you, each one supporting a particular type of animal. For example, the Chicken Coop, fairly obviously, will only hold Chickens. You shouldn’t try to put a horse in there! You can find the animal pens in the top-tab of the store, while the animals themselves are in the tab below, marked with the picture of the chicken. You unlock more animals and pens as you rank up and advance through the levels.
To purchase an animal, find it in the Store and drag it to the correct pen. You will then have to feed it. To do this, tap the animal (a Chicken for example) and and drag the food (a bag of Feed in the case of Chickens) to feed them. You will lose a certain amount of the food resource depending on the number of animals you drag it over.
You will then have to wait for your animal to produce something tangible that you can sell. As with most things in Hay Day, you are able to speed this process up. Simply click on the animal and then the speed up button to do this. You will notice to the right of the time-remaining indicator how many diamons are required to speed it up. The speed up button is represented by a lightning bolt. You will have to do this for every animal you want to speed-up, there is no bulk option here.
To collect produce from an animal pen, click on the animal, then drag the item to collect with over them. For Chickens, this would be a basket.
Below is a list of the animal-related buildings in Hay Day. You can find these alongside the Field in the first tab of the shop:
Home for Chickens [Unlocks at Level 3]
Home for Cows [Unlocks at Level 6]
Home for Pigs [Unlocks at Level 10]
Home for Pigs [Unlocks at Level 16]
Home for Dogs [Unlocks at Level 20]
Home for Cats [Unlocks at Level 21]
Home for Horses [Unlocks at Level 27]
Home for Goats [Unlocks at Level 32]
List of Animals
Below you will find a list of the animals currently available in Hay Day. Note that since Pets were added in a later update to the game, these have been given their own section of the guide.
Available from the start.
Chickens Produce Eggs, which are useful in many items, particularly cakes and bread-based items.
The produce Eggs every 20 minutes that they are fed for.
They are housed in Chicken Coops and each Coop can hold 6 Chickens.
Unlocked at Level 6.
Cows cost 600 Coins from when you first get them.
Cows produce Milk every hour which is used to make various dairy-based products.
Keep Cows in a Cow Pasture – each one can hold 5 Cows.
Unlocked at Level 10.
They cost 500 Gold from when you first get them.
Pigs produce Bacon every four hours and is used for various produce items, including Hamburgers
Unlocked at Level 16.
Sheep produce Wool and this takes six hours.
You have to house them in a Sheep Pasture, which can contain up to five Sheep.
Unlocked at Level 32.
Goats produce Goat Milk, which takes 8 hours, and is used to make Goat Cheese.
Goats are kept in a Goat Yard, which can house up to four in each. A second Yard is available at Level 37.
Feeding your Animals
To Feed your animals you need to build a Feed Mill. This will provide you with the resources required to keep them from getting hungry. You can find the Feed Mill in the Shop, under the second tab down, which houses the production buildings. The Feed Mill works in much the same way as any other Production Building – simply tap it, then drag the bag of feed into the central bucket to begin production.
You unlock the second Feed Mill at Level 12, at the same time as the second Chicken Coop. You should avoid the temptation to build the second Coop first because it is cheaper. You should make sure you have the facilities to feed your animals before buying them.
Purchasing the Feed Mill first will mean you are able to build up a stockpile or Feed, then get the Chickens and keep them well fed for a long time to come.
Below you will see a list of the animal feed, and the composite parts required to create them:
Production Time:5 Minutes
Ingredients: 2 Wheat, 1 Corn
Reward: 1 XP
Production Time: 10 Minutes
Ingredients: 1 Corn, 2 Soybeans
Reward: 2 XP
Production Time: 20 Minutes
Ingredients: 2 Carrots, 1 Soybean
Production Time: 30 Minutes
Ingredients: 3 Wheat, 1 Soybean
Reward: 3 XP
Production Time: 40 Minutes
Ingredients: 1 Wheat, 1 Corn, 2 Carrots
Reward: 3 XP