Stardew Valley - How to build a coop

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Stardew Valley. The player is stood to the left of their basic coop. The coop is on the right. It's green with a brown door and brown roof. There is a small brown fence holding hay and a bucket of water on the right of the coop.

When you want to start raising animals on your farm in Stardew Valley you will need to know how to build a coop. A coop will house smaller animals for your farm such as chickens, ducks, or rabbits. So if you are at the beginning of the game then getting a coop should be one of your first quests. However, it's quite a process to get one. So be sure to read on to find out how.

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How to build a coop

You will need to following materials and money to build a basic coop:

  • 4000G
  • 100 Stone
  • 300 Wood

When you have the materials for your coop, you will need to speak to Robin, The Carpenter, at her shop. Her shop can be found in the North East section of Pelican Town, just above the community centre beside the mountain lake. When you get to the building, head into it and interact with the till if Robin is standing behind it. Additionally, you can check our character hub to find out exactly when Robin will be manning her store. You then need to select the "Construct Farm Building Options".

Stardew Valley how to build a coop at Robin's shop
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Once you are given the option to build a coop, select the small hammer icon to start construction. You will then be taken to a screen showing your farm, and you can choose where to place the coop. Robin will inform you that she will start construction the next day and the coop will be ready two days after she begins.

How many animals can a coop house?

The number of animals a coop can house will depend on which type of coop you have.

  • Basic Coop: This can house 4 small animals.
  • Big Coop: This one can house 8 small animals.
  • Deluxe Coop: This one can house 12 small animals.

Having more animals housed within one coop can mean you get more profit with less work. So this is why it's a good idea to upgrade the coop when you can.

How to upgrade a coop

After you have built a basic coop you can visit Robin again to ask her to upgrade it. Additionally, as you upgrade the coop, you will be able to house more animals and unlock handy features such as an automated feeding system. However, each upgrade will cost slightly more in terms of materials and money. Upgrades will subsequently take two days to complete.


Once you have successfully built a coop in Stardew Valley, you can therefore start raising small animals such as chickens that provide eggs, ducks that also provide eggs, and rabbits that provide wool. All of these items can be sold for profit, or used to create things worth a lot more money! So it's definitely worth investing some time and hard-earned gold into.

But there you have it, that's everything you need to know about how to build a coop in Stardew Valley! Being a farmer is tough work so if you want to farm with friends we have a guide on how to start a co-op multiplayer farm. Additionally, if you're looking to buy bigger animals like cows, pigs, and goats then we have a guide on how to build a barn, too. Happy farming!

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