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Building Nests and Digging Holes

Digging holes and building nests are things some animals need to do in order to raise their families. Some animals that dig holes also build nests. Not all animals can dig holes, and not all animals can build nests.

First select a nest site before building a Nest

Many animals will select a nest site. Another way of saying this is that animals will pick a place to set up home. For example, a Blue Bird will set up home inside of a hole in a tree. This provides a suitable place to build a nest and ample protection from the weather, and some protection from predators. There are a number of ways to find the preferred nesting location for your animal. This instinctual hint indicates it with the nest site: indicator. For example the hint for a Blue Bird shows nest site: Hole_in_Tree This means the preferred nesting site for Blue Birds is a hole in a tree. To find a hole in a tree click on the location of a tree and then click on the tree. If there is a hole in the tree it will be shown as a hole in a tree option. The example below shows how to do this:

Building Nests

Some animals must build a nest for their babies. If your babies require a nest then you should build one for them. Not building a nest can cause your eggs to crack when laid, or for your babies to die.

When you have selected a nest site (a home for your nest) then you can begin building a nest. In the example of a Blue Bird you start by collecting straw and bringing it back to your hole in a tree. Then add the straw to your nest. A Blue Bird nest will also require a small quantity of sticks to be completed. Below is shown an example of a Blue Bird collecting straw and adding it to a nest.

The examine nest shows which ingredients and how much of each ingredient is needed to complete the nest. Be sure and achieve a nest quality of 100% before the eggs are laid or babies are born. If eggs are laid on less than 100% quality, then you risk the eggs cracking. More is not always better. It is better to get the right quantities of each required item and achieve a 100% quality for nest than to over build the nest.

You will need to study each animal to determine which nest ingredients are used in nest building.

It is possible to acquire an old nest or to steal a nest. NPC's will fight for their nests if they still occupy them. Real player's can resolve a nest dispute in any way they see fit. The components of a nest do decay with time so eventually an un-maintained nest will rot away. For the purposes of mating you will have to do some work (i.e. add some nest materials) on a nest that you acquire or you won't get credit for it with your perspective mate.

Digging Holes

To try to dig a hole, click on the world view at your location and select Terrain and then for your action select Dig. If your animal can dig, it will dig at that spot and you will see dirt starting to pile up. If you are successful a hole will appear. You may have to dig a number of times before you create a hole. Once the hole is created you can enter it and set up home there. There are a number of permanent holes/caves/nest sites in the game, so it may not be necessary to dig your own hole. However, you may find a great location for digging a hole and raising a family. It can take a lot of energy to dig a hole depending on conditions where you are digging. You can enter a hole by selecting the hole, then selecting "enter" as the action for that hole. You will only be allowed to enter holes which are large enough for you to enter. A buffalo is not going to fit through a mouse hole.

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