I know there are already many articles available on the topic, however I’ve found that many of the ones I’ve looked at, were written before some of the recent changes made to the game, so I thought I’d put something up here to explain it under ‘current’ gameplay conditions.
The only difference between the three buildings is that the stable does not have to be ‘full’ (ie one horse and a stallion will produce a foal a lot of the time) whereas I have not had any success with the dairy or nursery unless it is at full capacity.
* If the horse you put in is not the one you wish to breed from, add the one you want (does not have to be any percentage at all) and then remove the one you do not want to breed from.
* The stable will remain ready to harvest as long as there’s a horse in it. Add your stallion – and then harvest.
* Different people report different levels of success if you harvest while there are stars still coming out of the stable (that’s what I look for) and others will tell you to wait until the stars are gone and then harvest.
* Try it and see what works for you.
Once you have used the new ‘move’ tool to put a calf/foal or cow that is 100% ready into the dairy or nursery, making sure the pink light has come on…
*You will probably want to experiment a little to find what works best for you.
*Some people harvest immediately. I prefer to go ‘do something else’ like harvest a couple of seagulls or something small and then harvest. Some people leave it longer.
*I’ve found nothing to prove that one way is better than another, so see what you think.
*once you’ve harvested, you can then repeat the process as many times as you like.
People are complaining that this means you can’t reactivate it. This is not true. What you need to do when this happens, is add any foal/calf at ANY percentage ready, even 0, to ‘fill’ the empty space that is the -1. THEN when the mouse goes over it will tell you that the nursery has 0 inside. That’s when you add your ‘ready’ foal/calf and the nursery will be activated just like before.