The Chicken Coop is a weird building.
You can’t put your chickens inside the building, and the daily bonus harvests all your hungry chickens. Weirder than the building itself are the collection items. They’re super difficult to get. The only way to get them is by “whacking” the coop as you build it – and you can only get the first four items of any collection by whacking. So the last, and final item, is nearly impossible to get.
So why bother with such a weird, frustrating building? The bonus-strategy!
Every building in FrontierVille lets you collect one “Daily Bonus” per 24 hour period. For the Chicken Coop & the Sawmill, the bonus is more practical: the former harvests all hungry chickens while the latter harvests trees without chopping them.
One adult chicken gives you 1 experience point & 12 coins per harvest. But I’ve noticed that after completing the Animal Husbandry lesson from the Schoolhouse, my chickens give 3 exp & 18 coins per harvest, per chicken.
At that rate, if you have 24 chickens, that equals 72 experience & 432 coins. I picked 24 because that’s 2 dozen (as in 2 dozen eggs from the Hen House).
To really take advantage of the Chicken Coop and use it as a leveling/money-making tool you’re going to need at least 3 coops and anywhere from 50-150 chickens. From what I’ve seen among my neighbors, three chicken coops seems to be the magic number. The number of chickens you decide on depends on the specifics of your computer. Faster, newer computers will be able to handle a multi-harvest of many chickens. Older computers may freeze up if the number is too large. One of my neighbors has 250+ chickens – I know if I had that many chickens on my farm my laptop would spontaneously combust.
So let’s say you decide on 3 coops & 100 chickens and have the School House lessons learned.
That would equal 900 experience & 540 coins (or 300 experience & 180 coins three times per day). Factor in that you can receive free chickens from your neighbors either through the Free Gifts tab or as a bonus reward in the News Feed when they clobber a Fox. Not too shabby!
I’m personally not too fond of the FrontierVille chickens. Graphics-wise I find them uninteresting, I prefer my oxen. But 900 experience, energy free, is quite a deal and worth considering as a style of game play.
Ultimately you have to decide what works best for you and your style of play. If you decide to go with the Chicken Coop strategy, let us know how it goes!
And when I say “us” I mean “me.” The jig is up, there’s only one person behind this blog.