The primary goal of Farm Rescue is to build a virtual sanctuary for egg-laying hens released from battery cages, and to help them practice their natural behaviors, like nesting, perching, dustbathing, exploring, and exercising.
Your main toolbar on the left side of the screen includes the following buttons:
- Study - Answer questions about chickens to earn coins.
- Rescue - Accept a rescued hen!
- Store - Purchase items.
- Mailbox - Accept gifts sent by friends.
- Help - Display the help view.
Across the top, you'll see toolbars that will track your coins, and your overall chicken happiness, how much chicken feed you have, and how many chickens you have adopted out. Your overall chicken happiness is a total of the behavior points of all of your chickens.
On the top right of the screen is a toolbar that tracks the number of actions you've completed. To see the list of actions you can take, press the 'Take Action!' button. See the Take action section below for more information. Or, you can check out the current actions right now!
On the right side of the screen is a toolbar where you can zoom in and out from your rescue, and toggle the quality between low and high quality. If your computer runs slow when you're playing Farm Rescue, you may want to try setting it to low quality, and it will run faster.
Across the bottom of the screen is a card for each of your neighbors. For more information on neighbors, see the neighbors section below.
On the lower right side of the screen, it will show how many square inches your rescue has per chicken, and compares this to the industry standard number of square inches that chickens have in battery cages: a pathetic 67 square inches, smaller than a single sheet of paper. This is only a guideline, not a law, and many chickens get even less than this. Your rescue is likely to have thousands or tens of thousands of square inches per chicken!
Getting Started Tutorial
You start out with a small coop and one hen, 100 coins, and 100 units of feed. The first thing you need to do is purchase something for your hen to eat out of, and fill it so she can eat. You can buy a feeder in the store by clicking on the cash register on the toolbar on the left side of the screen, and then picking out and placing your feeder. Then, refill the feeder by clicking on it to get the menu, and select 'refill'. Now your hen is ready to eat. Click on her and select 'eat'. She will walk over and eat the food in the feeder, and then she will get one food star. You can earn more coins by answering trivia questions about chickens correctly. Just click on the red chicken book on the toolbar on the left side of the screen. For every question you answer correctly, you'll get some coins. Your coins can be used to buy decorations and landscaping for your sanctuary, buildings, or items that your chickens will need to act out their behaviors, such as perches, nestboxes, or trees to perch in.
Adopting ChickensIn order to adopt chickens, you need to have enough coop space for them. The small coop will hold 3 chickens, the medium coop will hold 5, and the large coop will hold 10. So, if you have one of each coop, you can accept up to 18 chickens at a time.
Chicken BehaviorsEach hen has 7 behaviors to practice:
Each hen can get 3 stars for each behavior. The more stars she gets, the faster she will grow her feathers back, and the higher your overall chicken happiness will be. Once your hen has grown all of her feathers back, you can adopt her out to a good home, and earn an adoption fee! Depending on how far along a chicken is in practicing her behaviors, her feathers can grow back in as little as a day, or as long as two weeks. So, remember to help them practice their behaviors quickly so they can grow back fast!
If you want to add neighbors, you can click on the 'Neighbors' link at the top of the main menu. This will show you a list of your friends who are also playing Farm Rescue. If you don't see any friends there, you can Invite them by going to the 'Invite' link. If you do, you can request them as a neighbor, and if they accept your neighbor request, then they will show up at the bottom of your screen in your neighbors bar, and you'll be able to visit their rescues.
When visiting a neighbor's rescue, your toolbar will change to the following options:
- Home - Go back to your rescue.
- Message - Click this to place a signpost on your neighbor's land and leave them a note. Please be advised that these notes are not private, they're posted out in the open on a bulletin board, so another neighbor visiting this rescue will be able to read it.
- Treat - You can give 3 treats per day to your neighbor's chickens
You can earn coins in two ways: by answering trivia questions about chickens in the study view (red book on the toolbar on the left side of the screen), or by adopting chickens out to permanent homes once all of their feathers have grown back.
Customizing Your Appearance
You can click on your character in the game to customize the colors. The possible customizations are gender, hair color, eye color, shirt color, and skin color. I know, this isn't much to customize, but this isn't an avatar customizing game, we're trying to help chickens here!
Now that you've learned how to help chickens in Farm Rescue, it's time to help some real chickens! Click on the 'Take Action' button in the upper right for a list of actions you can take. Follow the links to view more information about each action, click the done button once you've done them, or click the share button to post them to your wall!
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