In Banished you can build pastures that hold either chicken, cows or sheep. If you have 2 or more of one of those animals, will they breed on their own, or is the only way to get more animals through the merchant?


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Animals will reproduce, although they won't actually "breed". You can actually get away with only buying one animal from a trader, and your herd will grow anyway (although this is a little bit of a risk)

  • How are we differentiating breeding and reproducing? Dec 28, 2014 at 19:36
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    I mean, you don't need two animals: one will reproduce by itself. Perhaps through mitosis.
    – Landric
    Dec 28, 2014 at 19:38
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    Take heed of the risk of buying just 1 .... I bought 3 cattle. The count went up to 4. Then gradually down to 1 :o I thought I would have to wait a few more years for the trader to return, but luckily it started increasing again. Dec 31, 2014 at 18:15

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