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Animals

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.

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The Basics

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.

 

 

Soon you’ll have a thriving community of animals on your farm

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.

Animal Buildings

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:
Chicken Coop:
Home for Chickens [Unlocks at Level 3]

Cow Pasture:
Home for Cows [Unlocks at Level 6]

Pig Pen:
Home for Pigs [Unlocks at Level 10]

Sheep Pasture:
Home for Pigs [Unlocks at Level 16]

Dog House:
Home for Dogs [Unlocks at Level 20]

Cat House:
Home for Cats [Unlocks at Level 21]

Stable:
Home for Horses [Unlocks at Level 27]

Goat Yard:
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.

Chickens:
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.

Cows:
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.

Pigs:
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

Sheep:
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.

Goats:
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.

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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:
Chicken Feed:
Production Time:5 Minutes
Ingredients: 2 Wheat, 1 Corn
Reward: 1 XP

Cow Feed:
Production Time: 10 Minutes
Ingredients: 1 Corn, 2 Soybeans
Reward: 2 XP

Pig Feed:
Production Time: 20 Minutes
Ingredients: 2 Carrots, 1 Soybean
Reward:2 XP

Sheep Feed:
Production Time: 30 Minutes
Ingredients: 3 Wheat, 1 Soybean
Reward: 3 XP

Goat Feed:
Production Time: 40 Minutes
Ingredients: 1 Wheat, 1 Corn, 2 Carrots
Reward: 3 XP

Farming

Farming

The cornerstone of any successful farm, and of doing well at Hay Day in general, is to plant and grow as many crops as you can. Putting heaps of seeds in the ground isn’t enough to make money, however. First off, though, you have to purchase a ‘Patch of Dirt’, upon which you can dig and plant seeds. These cost just 1 Coin from the Shop. You are limited to the amount of patches of dirt you can buy, to stop people from just spamming seeds. More are available to unlock as you progress.

Once you have harvested a plant, you can then process it, if you wish, for something worth even more Coins. Wheat and Corn results in Chicken Feed, for example. This works the same way that you can process Milk, produced by any Cows that you may have on your farm, to make Cheese.

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The Basics:

You begin the game with three farm plots. Later on in the game, as you rise through the levels, you will be able to unlock more plots – generally this occurs by three more plots per level. You can purchase more plots in the Store under the Fields option in the first tab.

Tap on one of the empty farm plots and you are able to choose which crop you would like to plant. To plant, tap on the seed icon that you would like to grow, then drag it onto the plot in question. The seeds will then begin to grow! Each Field will produce two crops.

TIP: The fact that each Field rewards you with 2 crops means that you potentially get one to replant, and one to sell or use.

To plant new Fields, open the Shop menu. You will find Fields at the very top of the first tab. You will unlock three new Field plots at Level 3, which will be the first opportunity you have to plant more. Each Field only takes up one square of land, so you have to work quite hard to get a significant return on each one.

Note: The game will warn you if you are about to use up the last of a particular crop. The reason you don’t want to do this is obviously because you then won’t be able to replant it – instead you would have to use Diamonds or buy it from another player.

Harvesting

To harvest crops, in Hay Day, tap the crop that you want to harvest and pick up the sickle. Then, drag the sickle across the entirety of the crop. This will earn you both the item that you have harvested, along with some experience points.

Crops do not go bad if you leave them out, unlike in real life – you don’t have a time limit before you can harvest them basically.

TIP: Tap on a crop that has not yet matured to the point at which it is ready to harvest, and you will be shown the amount of time left until you are able to do so.

Just when you thought you had unlocked everything Hay Day has to offer when it comes to farming, you find out that there is in fact a whole other tier of items to buy, in the Trees and Bushes category! These are more than just pretty decorations, in fact they provide you with new items of produce.

Trees and Bushes

Trees and Bushes are somewhat unique, in that once you have purchased and planted them, you only have a limited number of uses before they wither and die. At this point, you can enlist a friend to revive it, gaining you XP and another batch of produce. After this, however, it will literally be an obstacle in the ground requiring you to cut it down to get back the space it occupied.

You can see the full list of these below:

Apple Tree:
Unlocks at Level 15

Raspberry Bush:
Unlocks at Level 19

Cherry Tree:
Unlocks at Level 22

Blackberry Bush:
Unlocks at Level 26

Cacao Tree:
Unlocks at Level 36

Coffee Bush:
Unlocks at Level 42