Stardew Valley Chicken Guide: A Cluckin’ Good Investment 

Stardew Valley is chocked full of activities, items, interesting characters, locations, and most importantly, it has tonnes of ways to make money through the art of farming. You can go as far off the beaten track as you like within this indie title, but when push comes to shove, you will struggle to get the most out of the experience and succeed unless you become accustomed to the farming aspects of this game.

That means you’ll need to be willing to source and produce the best crops be capable of building helpful artisan equipment and machines to enhance your items from raw ingredients into finished products.

Plus, the player must be willing to get their hands dirty by chopping down trees, smashing rocks, digging for clay, and generally working hard at their craft. However, in this article specifically, we want to focus on the farm animals in Stardew Valley, and more specifically, the Chicken.

Chickens in Stardew Valley are cute little pixellated versions of the real-world animal, capable of producing eggs, which in turn can be used to make recipes, can be used to create mayonnaise, and much more. These animals tend to be the first that new players to the series add to their farming setup, as they are the least expensive animals on offer, and the coop is, again, the cheaper option when considered against the Barn.

So it is only right to get to know chickens in Stardew Valley intimately, understand what makes them tick, how to care for them, and how to make the most profit from each chicken you keep on the farm.

You may be wondering how to do all of the above, and the good news is, you are in the right place. So without further delay, here is our comprehensive Stardew Valley Chicken Guide!

What Are Chickens In Stardew Valley?

  • Cost: 800G
  • Produces: Brown Egg, White Egg, Large Brown Egg, Large White Egg
  • Lives in: Coop, Big Coop, Deluxe Coop

Chickens in Stardew Valley are the animals that players will probably opt to add to their farm first due to their low cost and the fact that they are easy to care for and provide several attainable benefits in the early game. These are animals that produce white or brown eggs, depending on the type of chicken that you purchase.

They take a few in-game days to mature into full-grown chickens, and after this, they will require full attention and care and also will begin to produce eggs. These animals can only be housed in a coop.

Why Get Chickens In Stardew Valley?

There are more reasons than you might think to buy a chicken in Stardew Valley. The obvious answers like ‘they lay eggs’ or ‘they are super cute’ spring to mind, but we assure you, these animals will remain profitable and beneficial until deep into the game. Here is a rundown of some key reasons why you should get your hands on some chickens:


While we would love to say that we would keep chickens around the farm even if they weren’t a source of revenue, we aren’t too sure many farmers would be keen on that plan. Thankfully, chickens in Stardew valley offer a steady source of income that only grows with time, especially if you add machines to help.

Players will be able to build their relationship with their chickens and be able to produce iridium quality eggs that sell for 190G a pop, which is a decent return. Alternatively, players will be able to pop these eggs into a mayonnaise machine and create mayo that sells for 532G if at maximum quality. So, chickens can be great little moneymakers.


If you aren’t taking the disgusting and despicable Joja Mart route, you will need to have access to certain animal products to complete the pantry bundle in the Community Center.

In this bundle, you will need an assortment of large and small brown and white eggs, and while not all of these items need to be from a chicken, at least some of them do. So if you don’t have any chickens on the farm, this will act as a steep hurdle preventing you from fixing up the Community Center, and no one wants that.


Now, we aren’t suggesting that you head around town and hand out chickens to everyone. I mean, if that was an option, we would endorse this behavior, but alas, it is not. So we instead advise players to gift mayonnaise to the people of Pelican Town.

It seems like a strange gift, we know, but it turns out that Mayonaise is a gift that is liked pretty much across the board and can be accumulated in great quantities without too much hassle. Caroline, Jas, Sam, Sebastian, and Vincent are the only people that won’t appreciate this, so avoid them on your mayo gift runs, and you should be fine.


A Cluckin' Good Investment 

We may be jumping the gun a little here, but there are rare types of chickens out there, and the late-game features a quest where the player will need to have access to a Void Chicken if they want an easy run through this quest.

In Goblin Problem, the player will have to bring the Goblin Guard guarding the Witche’s Hut a jar of Void Mayonaise, an item that can only be crafted with a Void Egg produced by a Void Chicken.

Sure, you could go down to the sewers and buy one from Krobus, but this is expensive and assumes that you have access to the sewer, so just in case you don’t, you’ll need to get avoid chicken somehow. If you are lucky, maybe a witch will pay you a visit in the night.


Then lastly, there are a lot of recipes that require eggs to cook. As eggs are a raw ingredient for a lot of meals, it can be handy to have a steady supply of them on hand. So with a coop of chickens at your front door, you can keep the fridge stocked and cook up some delicious meals.

How to Get Chickens in Stardew Valley?

Before You Buy!

Before you buy chickens in Stardew Valley, there are some small considerations that you should take into account as this will make your life easier in the long term. Check them out below:

Build A Silo


This is an absolute must if you wish to keep chickens. In the early game, the player simply cannot afford to buy hay from Marnie’s Ranch at 50G a pop, it’s not viable, and you would be bankrupt with about three weeks of feed to show for it.

However, this doesn’t mean that chickens are out of the question. You may have noticed that your starting farm is covered in tall grass. Well, with the aid of a silo that Robin can build on your farm, you can cut this with a scythe and store hay in this silo up to 250 pieces, and best of all, it’s completely free.

To build a silo, you will need:

  • 10 Clay
  • 5 Copper Bars
  • 100 Stone

The best way to get these resources is to hit the mines as soon as you can, accumulate lots of copper ore, build a furnace, and then smelt the needed copper bars. Then as for Clay, you can wander around your farm with your hoe striking the ground, and before you know it, you’ll have ten clay in your inventory, and also be sure to always hoe any tiles with worms sticking out as this usually means clay or artifacts.

Make Room For Your Coop

A small consideration but one that will save minor frustration. When building your coop, you need to clear a space on your farmland to accommodate it. If you don’t and still have lots of debris lying around, then Robin won’t be able to build until you make space. So do this before you head up to Robin’s house.

Craft Some Mayo Machines

We would also suggest making some mayo machines too. It’s not essential, and we wouldn’t say don’t buy chickens if you don’t have access to mayonnaise machines, but we will say that having them will allow for bigger profits straight away and give you access to the gifting strategy we mentioned above, right from the get-go.

To craft mayonnaise machines, you will need:

  • 15 wood
  • 15 Stone
  • 1 Copper Bar
  • 1 Earth Crystal

To get your hands on the copper bar, do as we said for obtaining the same resources for the Silo. As for the Earth Crystal, all you have to do is hunt for this on the first 20 levels of the Pelican Town Mines. These will be found on the floor of the mines from time to time, or they can be obtained through opening geodes.

How to Care For Chickens In Stardew Valley

When it comes to caring for chickens, it isn’t all that different from any of the other animals in Stardew Valley. However, as this animal will probably be the first of all the animals in the game that you purchase, it makes good sense to run through animal care and what are the best practices, so here they are below:

Feeding Your Animal

The most important part of animal care within Stardew Valley is keeping your animal feed, which means making sure that their feeding trays are stocked with hay each day. Players can stock up on hay by building a silo and cutting long grass with a scythe.

Or they can head over to Marnie’s Ranch (when she bothers to run it) and buy some hay there. Players will need to manually feed their animals unless you have access to a deluxe coop or Barn, in which case an auto feeder will do the work for you so long as there is feed available.

Also, it is worth noting that players can use grass starters and let animals out of their coops, and the animals will feed themselves. This can be a decent time saver if you are trying to be efficient. Just so you are aware, if you do not feed your animals, they will become unhappy, and they will stop producing products for a while, so it is in your best interest to take good care of your chickens.

Petting your Animal

Another vital aspect of animal care is offering love and attention. If the player wants to build a strong relationship with their animals, keep their animals happy, and in turn, ensure that the animal produces the best quality animal products possible, then they will have to pet their animals daily.

To do this, simply press the action button when near the animal, and a little heart should pop up above their head unless they are grumpy because you didn’t feed them. In this case, you will see a little black squiggle.

Letting your Animal Outside

chickens outside

Then lastly, as we touched on above, the player can let their chickens out of their coop. This, as we mentioned, is a time-saving mechanic, but also, this can have a positive effect on the animal‘s mood and, therefore, your relationship with the animal, so be sure to let them see the sun every once in a while. However, never close the door and leave chickens outside, as this will severely decrease your animal‘s overall mood.

What Types of Chickens Are There?

Stardew Valley offers a wide variety of potential farm animals for the player. However, no other animal other than the chicken comes in multiple varieties. Every other animal has a standard type, but chickens come in five different varieties. Wondering what they are? Well, wonder no more, as they are listed below:

White Chicken

The White Chicken is one of the two standard variants that the player can buy for 800G from Marnie’s Ranch. The player will be able to tell if they are about to produce a white chicken based on the text on the screen before they select the coop they want to place the animal in. This animal specifically produces White Eggs and Large White Eggs.

Brown Chicken

The Brown chicken is essentially the same as the above entry but differs because this chicken produces Brown Eggs and Large Brown Eggs. These are only different in terms of aesthetics as each egg has the same qualities and value. However, the player will need both types of eggs for the Pantry Community Center bundle.

Void Chicken

A Void Chicken is a very strange but wonderful creature. Just picture a chicken born in the fiery pits of hell, and you won’t be too far off.

This chicken is jet black with red accents and produces a type of egg known as a void egg. These are much more valuable than the standard egg types, and therefore, Void Chickens are very desirable. However, there are only two ways to get them.

One is via an end-of-day cut scene where a witch will swoop in and cast a spell on your coop, changing one of your chickens into a creature of the void. Then if waiting around for luck to strike isn’t your style, you can head down to the Sewers and buy a Void Egg from Krobus at a premium and then incubate the egg.

Golden Chicken

Golden Chickens are perhaps the most elusive of all the chickens on offer here because unless the player achieves perfection in Mr. Qi’s Walnut Room, Golden Eggs will never be made available to the player.

A Golden Egg can be acquired when this criterion is met by purchasing them for 100 QI Gems or by fishing them up in a treasure chest, although this only happens 0.014% percent of the time, so don’t bank on that. Golden Chickens can also be purchased from Marnie, but this will set you back a whopping 100,000G each.

These chickens produce Golden Eggs that sell for a maximum of 1,200, which is 6x the price of a standard egg, so if you are a chicken farmer exclusively, it doesn’t get more lucrative than a Golden Egg.

Blue Chicken

blue chicken

Then lastly, you have the adorable Blue Chickens. These cute little guys can only be obtained when you raise your heart level with Shane to at least eight hearts. These are no different other than aesthetically to Brown and White Chickens, but they are awesome looking, which is more than enough reason to raise a few on your farm.

These are obtained by heading to Marnie’s and purchasing a standard chicken. When you do this, you will have a 25% chance of getting a Blue Chicken.

Can You Sell Your Chickens?

Yes, you can sell your chickens, and if you build them up to a max relationship, you can make a small profit too. However, what we will say is that the selling of animals isn’t a viable business model in Stardew Valley. Animals produce consistent items, which allow for much more money-making opportunities over time.

Plus, it takes an awful lot of time and effort to build an animal up to a max relationship with the player, so unless you want to sell this animal to make room for a new animal, we would say hold onto it.


Question: What Other Animals Can You Keep in a Coop?

Answer: While Chickens will undoubtedly be your first Coop animal on your farm, there are quite a few others that you can add to your farming setup, each with its unique benefits and animal products to offer. Here is a quick rundown of each animal and what they can produce for you if you choose to raise them:
Ducks: Duck Egg, Duck feather
Rabbits: Rabbits Foot, Wool
Dinosaurs: Dinosaur Egg

Then if you opt to go for a barn instead, you can invest in a whole new batch of animals; here is a
rundown of these great creatures too:

• Cows: Milk, Large Milk
• Goats: Goats milk, Large goats milk
• Sheep: Wool
• Pigs: Truffles
• Ostriches: Ostrich Egg

Question: What Non-Farm Animals Can The Player Own?

Answer: While animals in Stardew Valley tend to be purchased to turn a profit, some animals serve different purposes but are no less important. Here is a rundown of all the non-farming animals you can own:
Cat/Dog: The player will be offered the chance to keep a pet cat or dog on their farm. This animal needs water and attention each day but doesn’t offer any monetary benefit to the player. However, if they reach a max relationship with the pet, this will light a fire on Grandpa’s shrine, so it is worthwhile to take this pet on. Plus, who doesn’t want a little dog or kitty running around?

Horse: Then, you also have the option of building a stable where the player can keep a horse. This is an animal that the player can ride on to get around much faster than normal, cutting down on travel time immensely.

Question: How Many Chickens Can You Keep In a Coop?

This depends on the type of coop that the player has. Initially, a standard coop will be able to house four chickens. Then if you upgrade to a Big Coop, the player will be able to put eight animals in this building. Then finally, the player can upgrade to a Deluxe coop and place up to twelve animals in this building. However, if the player wants to add more to their farm, they can build as many Coops as they like, space permitting.

An Eggcellent Investment!

As you can see from the information above, chickens in Stardew Valley are a near essential early game investment that is vital, not only for crafting a farming setup that focuses on animal products, but also for meeting long-term goals like completing the community center, for example.

Chickens may not be the most profitable animal on the roster, but without chickens, the player would be without a means of creating some vital items within the game, so it’s best to keep a few feathered fellas around the farm. We hope this guide serves you well, and we hope that your Chickens are happy and healthy. As always, thank you for reading SdewHQ!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top