In the wonderful world of Stardew Valley, there is a lot to wrap your head around! One of the biggest attractions of Stardew Valley is the range of skill paths, friendships, and relationships available.
There is something for everyone; if you are like me, you are motivated by the animal and farming aspect of Stardew Valley and will want to know the best and quickest ways to get new exciting animals on your farm as well as how to best look after them cost-effectively! One of the key ways to save money when it comes to tending your animals is the Silo.
Bottom Line Up Front
In order to purchase a Silo, you should first have a variation of the Barn/Co-op. When you have both of these things, you can harvest the grass that grows wild on your farm; it has a chance of turning to Hay and being stored in your Silo for you to feed to your animals.
To get the Silo, approach the space inside your Barn/Silo, and it will automatically give you enough Hay for the number of animals in the building. To build a Silo, you require 100x Stones, 10x Clay, 5x Copper Bars and 100g.
What is the Silo?
The Silo is a building that can be placed on your farm to turn grass into Hay; the Silo also stores the Hay for you and dispenses it into the Coop/Barn that you have and calculates the exact amount you need for the animals in the building.
You do still need to lift the Hay from the object inside the Barn to lay out for your animals. In order to create the Silo, you need a Barn/Coop first and 100x Stones, 10x Clay, 5x Copper Bars and 100g.
Before you can use the Silo effectively, you first need some barnyard animals and, by extension, some homes for your animals. There is a range of Farm Animals that would benefit from the inclusion of a Silo on your Farm. These include Cows, Ostriches, Goats, Sheep, and Pigs. To have Animals on your Farm, you first need to build homes for them.
Farm Animal Homes
This can house four animals and can hold Cow’s and/or Ostriches. In order to create the Barn, you will need 350x Wood and 150x Stone as well as 6,000g. When you have everything you need, you should then visit Robin at the Carpenters Shop to request the Barn to be built.
This can house eight animals and hold Cow’s, Goats and/or Ostriches. In order to create the Big Barn, you will need 450x Wood and 200x Stones as well as 12,000g. When you have everything you need, you should then visit Robin at the Carpenters Shop to request the Big Barn to be built.
This can house twelve animals and hold Cow’s, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, and Ostriches. In order to create the Deluxe Barn, you will need 550x Wood, 300x Stones, and 25,000g. When you have everything you need, you should then visit Robin at the Carpenters Shop to request for the Deluxe Barn to be built.
This can house four Chickens. In order to create the Coop, you will need 300x Wood, 100x Stone, and 4,000g. When you have everything you need, you should then visit Robin at the Carpenters Shop to request for the Coop to be built.
This can house eight animals and can hold Chickens, Ducks, Void Chickens, Dinosaurs and Golden Chickens. In order to create the Big Coop, you will need 400x Wood, 150x Stone and 10,000g. When you have everything you need, you should then visit Robin at the Carpenters Shop to request for the Big Coop to be built.
This can house twelve animals and can hold Chickens, Ducks, Void Chickens, Dinosaurs, Golden Chickens and Rabbits. In order to create the Deluxe Coop, you will need 500x Wood, 200x Stone and 20,000g. When you have everything you need, you should then visit Robin at the Carpenters Shop to request for the Deluxe Coop to be built.
You first need to build the Barn, which in turn can be upgraded to the Big Barn and the Deluxe Barn. Similarly, you first need to build the Coop, which in turn can be upgraded to the Big Coop and the Deluxe Coop.
How to Get the Silo
When you are ready to have a Silo on your Farm, you can purchase one from Robin. In order to build a Silo, you first need the following resources;
- 100x Stones
- 10x Pieces of Clay
- 5x Copper Bars
The Silo is relatively cheap in terms of Coins, but if you are unsure how to obtain the other items needed, fear no more!
How to Obtain the Resources
Stones can easily be obtained by taking your Pickaxe to pieces of rock which you can easily find scattered around your Farm; these can also be found within the Mines. Normal-sized rocks can produce anywhere between one and three stones, while larger rocks, often referred to as ”Boulders” can give you up to ten stones.
So acquiring 100 Stones should be relatively, quick easy, and painless for you! If for any reason you struggle to get Stones, or you simply cannot wait, these can also be purchased from Robin at the Carpenters Shop. During your first year, purchasing Stones from Robin costs 20g, while every year after this, the Stones will cost 100g.
Clay can be obtained by digging up spots around the Town or around your Farm. You can dig up the ground on your Farm, digging in Sand, areas where you can see Worms on the ground (Also known as Artifact Spots).
When exploring the Mines, you may also uncover Geodes that may contain Clay. To ”dig” in the game, all you need to do is use your Hoe to strike the area of land that you want to dig.
In order to create Copper Bars, you first need Copper Ore, which can be found primarily in the Mines by mining Copper Nodes; these look similar to regular Stones but have pieces of Copper sticking out of them.
Once you have Copper Ore, you will need five pieces of Ore and one piece of Coal to create one Copper Bar. If you do not have a Furnace, you can create one by using 25x Stones and 20x Copper Ores. You will receive the blueprint for a Furnace from Clint once you mine Copper Ore for the first time.
What is the Benefit of the Silo?
Once you have a range of Animals on your Farm, you will soon realize that they require some care and attention. Your Animals will require one piece of Hay per day or one piece of fresh Grass per day. Grass will not always be available on your Farm and, in fact, completely disappears in Winter, so you will need a lot of Hay to feed your Animals throughout the Winter!
Not to mention that if Animals are not fed regularly, they will no longer produce items for you such as Eggs and Milk as hungry Animals are unhappy Animals!
Once you have a Silo constructed and placed on your Farm, this will allow you to harvest Grass, which will then turn to Hay and automatically be stored within your Silo. It is important to note that if you do not have a Silo harvesting, Grass will not create Hay. In order to harvest Grass and create Hay, you will need to use your Scythe to cut the Grass.
Chances of Getting Hay
When you use a regular Scythe, there is a 50% chance that the harvested Grass will turn into Hay, whereas if you upgrade to a Golden Scythe, this chance increases to a 75% chance of harvesting Hay.
Taking Hay From the Silo
Once you have harvested some Grass into Hay, you will want to ensure you can collect the Hay in order to feed the animals, although this is not necessary! Inside each variation of the Barns/Coops, there is an object called a ”Hay Hopper” that looks similar to a furnace.
To take Hay from your Silo, all you have to do is select the Hay Hopper inside the Barn/Coop, and it will automatically disperse the amount of Hay that you need for the number of animals inside the building.
Placing Your Silo
Your Silo can be placed anywhere on your Farm where there is available space; you will be able to select the location of the Silo once you request its construction at Robin’s. Each Silo can hold a maximum of 240 pieces of Hay, so as you expand your Farm and the number of Animals on it, you can place multiple Silo’s, which should help!
If you are ever in a position where you feel you need to purchase Hay, you can do this at Marnie’s Ranch for the cost of 50g.
Question: How do I Build a Silo?
Answer: To build a Silo, you will need 100x Stones, 10x pieces of Clay, 5x Copper Bars and 100g. Once you have all of these, you can visit the Carpenters Shop to request the building of the Silo.
Question: Does it Matter Where I Place the Silo?
Answer: The Silo can be placed anywhere you have space on your Farm. However, some players like to place the Silo in a far corner (which I also do myself); this is purely a decorative decision as it is not necessarily an attractive building.
Question: Does the Silo Automatically Feed Animals?
Answer: The Silo does not automatically feed Animals. However, you do not need to take Hay from the Silo. To use Hay from the Silo, you must enter your Coop or Barn and take Hay from the Hay Hopper inside the Barn by approaching and interacting with it; this will give you exactly as much Hay as you need for the Animals inside the building.
Stardew Valley Silo Guide: Summary
As you will now know, the Silo is worth the time and effort it will take in order to create it! It has the potential to save you quite a lot of money, particularly in the Winter when Grass will not be available on your Farm, and you may not want to allow your Animals to wander in order to eat the Grass on your Farm.
The Silo also helps avid decorators such as myself, as there is an aesthetic benefit to clearing all the Grass on your Farm in order to place paths/crops and other materials instead. (In my opinion, this is much tidier and much more pretty).