How to raise cows, chickens, sheep, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, and quail in Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns.
In the beginning, you can buy cows and chickens from the animal shop in Westown if you have enough money. Your farm starts with a cow barn and chicken coop, each of which only has room for one animal. To purchase more animals, you will need to get bigger barns from Ludus in Lulukoko, which opens on Spring 15 of Year 1.
Livestock can also be sold at the animal shop.
Each time you visit the animal shop, you can see the animals' personalities in the list of animals for purchase. There are five possible personalities, each with a different bonus:
- Timid: +5 to by-product yield
- Active: +5 to by-product level
- Gentle: +2 to coat
- Cheerful: +1 to friendship
- Calm: +1 to health
If one of your animals has a child, there is a chance that the baby will inherit the parent's personality.
The Animal Book
In each barn, there is a book that lets you check the status of the livestock in that barn. It shows you which animal care tasks you have completed, and shows your animals' health and other traits.
Caring for Livestock
To have happy, healthy livestock, you need to take care of them every day. Each animal should be petted, fed, and harvested from each day. Non-chickens also need to be brushed each day to stay clean. You also need to keep the animal barns clean by using a pitchfork on any brown hay that appears.
Pet Your Livestock
Press A when standing near your livestock to pet them, or in the case of chickens, to pick them up. When you do so, you will be able to tell if your animal is healthy. Taking care of sick animals will be discussed later on this page.
Cows need fodder, which can be purchased from the animal shop in Westown. You can also buy grass seed from the Gulliver Store in Westown, which you can plant in a tilled field. Grass does not need to be watered, and it needs to be harvested with the scythe. It goes through two growth stages: light green, then dark green. It can be harvested when dark green. It can be harvested multiple times.
Chickens need chicken feed, which can be purchased from the animal store in Westown. You can make chicken feed if you get the Feed Maker from Ludus after completing Farming Advice 1.
If you put your animals out to graze, they don't need any fodder that day.
Treats are an optional snack for your livestock that you can give them each day. You can purchase them from the animal shop in Westown, or you can make them if you get the Feed Maker from Ludus after completing Farming Advice 1.
The different types of treats give different bonuses to your animals:
- Moist Treat: +10 friendship
- Plump Treat: +3 physique
- Smooth Treat: +10 coat
- Crunchy Treat: +10 by-product level
- Puffy Treat: +10 crop yield
Ludus in Lulukoko Village sells a Silo farm circle. Put a Silo on your farm, and you can store all of your animal feed there, and then you can check on the feed boxes in your barns to get the feed.
When you breed your livestock to get a child animal, the child will grow bigger regardless of the food that you feed it. But when an animal becomes an adult, it can achieve two more growth stages—mature, and huge—if you give it the right kinds of food and treats. Give adult animals normal fodder, normal chicken feed, normal rabbit feed, and plump treats to make their physique increase beyond the normal "adult" stage. Mature animals and huge animals get bonuses at the animal festival.
Harvesting Animal By-Products
You should harvest milk from your cows each day, eggs from your chickens each day, and wool from other livestock each day. Eggs can be picked up off of the floor of the barn, but you will need a Milker to harvest milk from cows, and Clippers to harvest wool from other livestock. These can be purchased at the animal shop in Westown.
Non-chicken livestock need to be brushed each day. You can get a brush at the Westown animal shop. This helps the animals stay clean, which helps prevent sickness.
Cleaning the Barn with a Pitchfork
When you get livestock, be sure to also get a pitchfork from the animal shop in Westown. Animal waste will sometimes appear on the floor of the barn. It looks like brown hay. Be sure to look carefully, because it can be difficult to see. Use the pitchfork on it to clean it up.
You can push cows out of the barn in clear weather, and pick up chickens and put them outside in clear weather, to allow them to graze. Grazing every other day lowers the animals' stress. However, grazing every day increases their stress, so be sure to alternate grazing days with non-grazing days.
Animals will get sick or stressed if they are put outside in rain, typhoons, or blizzards, or if they are left outside at night.
Go to the animal shop to breed one of your non-chicken livestock. You need to have space in the parent's barn for an additional animal. The pregnant animal does not need to be fed until the baby is born. This will not lower friendship or increase stress.
You can have baby birds by putting an adult chicken in the egg box in the chicken coop.
Baby animals have a chance of inheriting their parent's personality. Their friendship toward you will be half as much as the parent's friendship toward you.
Healing Sick Livestock
Get Animal Medicine from the animal shop in Westown and keep it in storage so you can use it if your animals get sick. You will be able to tell if they are sick when you pet them. Use medicine on them each day until they get better. If they do not get medicine, they could die.
Livestock has a maximum lifespan of eight years. However, the animal's actual lifespan depends on the animal's friendliness toward you. An animal with maximum friendliness has a good chance of living for eight years, but an animal with low friendliness might pass away after three or four years. Be sure to raise your animal's friendliness to help it have a long life.