"Livestock fatten faster when tasked on a Pen. Trains Sheep."—In-game description
Some civilizations do not have access to the Livestock Pen, but have replacement buildings instead. Native American civilizations have Farm instead of Livestock Pen which combines the functions of a Mill and a Livestock Pen, while the Chinese have Village instead of Livestock Pen which combines the functions of a House and a Livestock Pen.
Two civilizations do not have any access to the fattening capability because their Villagers cannot gather food from Herdables. The Indians have the Sacred Field instead of Livestock Pen that increases the experience generation rate of their livestock; the Japanese may use Shrines to generate resources over time.
Livestock Pens effectively cut the fattening time of most livestock down from 30 minutes to around 5-6 minutes. However, they are less common than gathering food directly at the Mill, especially in Supremacy. This is due to the more complicated mechanics of gathering from herdables, such as the upfront cost of invested food that cannot be used to train units.
If there is a 5-6 minute period for livestock to be fattened at the pen, such as during a Treaty match where military units are not required, livestock can be used as a worthwhile investment to multiply one's food. It is easy to adjust the amount of food and settler time invested by training more livestock units. The Fulling Mills card indirectly relates to this building by making it 4x faster to gather from herdables, saving villager time, reducing waste to spoilage, and freeing them to do other tasks.
|Unit||Cost||Init. food||Max. food||Limit|
- The Cow and Llama requires the (Llama) Ranching Home City Card to be trained at Livestock Pens.
|Selective Breeding||150 wood,|
|Livestock fattens 25% faster|
Further statistics Edit
|Building strengths and weaknesses|
|Hit points||Flying Buttress (+20%)|
|Sight||Gas Lighting (+4)|
|Construction cost|| Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)|
Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)
|Penalties|| Code Napoleon (+50% cost, French only)|
Customized Merc Weapons (+30% cost, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Home City Cards Edit
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Livestock Pen|
"Keeping animals was important to the founding of the New World, especially as areas became settled and hunting became less abundant. Animals were used for food, but they had other uses as well. Fat from animals was used to make soap, the skins were used for clothing, and tallow was used in candles. Tallow was also used to keep leather supple and water-resistant."
|Buildings in Age of Empires III|
|Age of Empires III|
|House · Town Center · Trading Post · Market · Mill · Livestock Pen · Church · Plantation · Factory · Capitol|
|Outpost · Dock · Barracks · Stable · Artillery Foundry · Arsenal · Fort · Saloon*|
|Field Hospital · Native Embassy*|
|Aztecs||Fire Pit · Farm · War Hut · Nobles' Hut|
|Iroquois||Longhouse · Fire Pit · Farm · War Hut · Corral · Siege Workshop|
|Sioux||Teepee · Fire Pit · Farm · War Hut · Corral|
|The Asian Dynasties|
|Chinese||Village · Rice Paddy · Consulate · Castle · Monastery · War Academy · Wonders|
|Indians||Sacred Field · Rice Paddy · Consulate · Castle · Monastery · Caravanserai · Wonders|
|Japanese||Shrine · Rice Paddy · Consulate · Castle · Monastery · Dojo · Wonders|
|* introduced in The Warchiefs|