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How to build a Stardew Valley silo

Find out everything you need to know about unlocking and building a Stardew Valley silo, how much it costs, what it does, and some handy tips and tricks.

A Stardew Valley silo next to a chicken coop, surrounded by farm animals

Stardew Valley silo is a quintessential type of farm building that stores hay. You can purchase this handy receptacle from Robin at the carpenter’s shop. Then, after a two-day wait, you can store up to 240 pieces of hay in the silo from grass cut at your farm. Our Stardew silo guide will fill you in on exactly what resources you need in order to buy and build this farm building, as well as offer some handy tips and tricks to make sure you get the most out of your brand-new silo.

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How much does a silo cost to build?

In order to build a Stardew Valley silo, you need to speak to Robin at the carpenter’s shop. You need five copper bars, ten bits of clay, 100 gold, and 100 stone to build your silo.

The silo takes two days to build, and when complete it will hold up to 240 pieces of hay. Clay can be found by tilling soil, and stone can be found by smashing rocks with a pickaxe (you’ll probably have plenty of the stuff by the time you’ve done a couple of runs through the mine). Copper ore can be mined on floors one to 40 of the mine, and you’ll need to smelt it using a furnace and some coal. Then, when you’ve got enough materials, simply head over to Robin’s carpenter’s shop in the mountains.

How do I use a Stardew Valley silo?

The silo is a very handy structure to have on your farm, as it stores hay to feed your animals. This is super important in winter and on rainy days when the animals won’t venture out to feed on the grass outside.

When there’s hay in the silo, head into your barn or coop and grab some from the hopper to fill their troughs, allowing them to happily munch in peace, and saving you time to go plant more parsnips.

It’s a good idea to get at least one silo even before you get yourself some fluffy or feathered friends, as keeping them well-fed will raise their hearts and allow them to produce better-quality products as soon as possible. They won’t produce anything if they’re looking a bit thin, and will be moody all of the following day if they don’t get anything to eat – I’m sure you would, too!

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When can I build a silo in Stardew Valley?

You can build a silo as soon as you have the materials. It doesn’t need to be unlocked as it’s one of the first options Robin has available – and the cheapest.

We recommend you build a silo before anything else, as your animals will depend on hay during the winter months, and it can take a while to fill it up. Note that only grass cut with a scythe will stock the silo. You can also buy hay from Marnie if you run out of grass. If you need to check how much hay is in the silo, you can use the farm computer, or click the silo itself – each one can hold 240 bits of hay.

Stardew Valley Silo placement ideas

It doesn’t matter where you put your silo in Stardew Valley – they don’t need to be next to your animals, so just plonk it anywhere that works for you. The silo takes up three by three squares, so it isn’t particularly large, but you’ll need to go up to it to deposit hay, so it’s probably a good idea to put it close to your wheat or grass, and preferably not too far out of the way unless you want to take a long trek every time you need to use it.

That’s everything you need to know about the Stardew Valley silo. If you’re looking for something else to play, make sure you check out our list full of the best Switch RPGs you can pick up right now.