How to Use the Great Stardew Incubator?

Are you looking for more information about the popular Stardew Valley egg incubator? Then take a look at this guide below and learn more about what this item is and how you can use the egg incubator in Stardew Valley!

Stardew incubator

What is the stardew incubator?

Before we dive deeper into using the Stardew incubator, let’s take a look at what this thing actually is!

The incubator (also known as the egg incubator) is a tool in Stardew Valley which you can use to hatch eggs into small chickens, ducks, and even dinosaurs.

Another good thing is that this does not cost any gold to get on your farm, so there can only be benefits when it comes to getting a incubator! This is a very useful tool that quickly becomes very important for any Stardew Valley player!

How To Get A Stardew Incubator?

So, how can players even get a Stardew incubator for eggs? First of all, you will need to upgrade your chicken coop to either a big coop or a deluxe coop. Once the building upgrade is completed, an egg incubator will be there free of charge! Kind of nice, right? Either way, upgrading your buildings is a great way to advance in the game.

If you would like to upgrade buildings in Stardew Valley, you will need to go to the same person who built the first versions of your buildings. That’s right, we are talking about Robin. Pelican Town’s carpenter Robin can be found at the Carpenter’s Shop. That’s where she lives with Demetrius, Maru, and Sebastian. If you are looking for this shop, then it is located in the upper right corner of Pelican Town (it’s below Linus’ camp and the Spa if you get lost).

The easiest way to thee Carpenter’s Shop is going northwest of your own house. If you go that way, the game takes you directly to Robin’s house (you can also do some foraging while going there).

Just in case, don’t forget that The Carpenter’s Shop is open from 9 AM to 5 PM (that’s every day except Tuesday and Friday). Once you find and go to the building, Robin will be waiting near the counter. Walk up to the carpenter and select Construct Farm Buildings.

The big coops can have up to 8 animals and cost 10,000 gold coins, 400 wood, and 150 stone. If you are looking for the deluxe coops, they can have up to 12 animals and cost 20,000 gold, 500 wood, and 200 stone.

Once your upgrade is complete, you will have your Stardew incubator!

How To Use An Incubator in Stardew Valley?

Thankfully, using an egg incubator is quite simple.

You just need to have the egg you want to incubate for your Stardew farmhouse in your hand and right click on the incubator. Once you do that, the Stardew incubator will take the egg from your inventory and start incubating it.

Just a few side notes. Once you have put the egg inside the Stardew incubator, you cannot remove it. Also, if your coop is at max capacity already and can’t fit any more chickens, then your egg will not hatch until there is some extra space for it in the coop. Moreover, most of the times you won’t be able to speed up the incubation process. The only wait to do that is by choosing the Coopmaster profession. If you choose this particular profession, the incubation time will be cut in half!

Also, sadly, you can’t just put fairy dust to an incubator and make it hatch animals immediately. You will have to be more patient!

So, what do you get from this Stardew incubator?

Basically, this is the summary of all the incubation timelines and what animals you can get in the game:

IncubationEgg TypeBaby Hatched
5 days, 16 hours, and 40 minutes in your gameEgg/ Large EggChicken
Golden EggGolden Chicken
Void EggVoid Chicken 
Duck EggDuck
11 days, 6 hours, and 40 minutes in your gameDinosaur EggDinosaur

As you can see, there are plenty of different eggs you can hatch if you have this egg incubator in Stardew Valley! It’s a great item to have in the game, so definitely spend some time upgrading your coop to get it for your farm!

Meet the author

"Ever since I started playing Stardew Valley, I wanted to find the best tips and tricks to make the game easier and even more entertaining. That’s why I love sharing my favourite insights with other Stardew fans to see what can be useful both for beginners and experienced players!"

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