What's the point of fences in Harvest Moon?



  • I've recently started playing the original Harvest Moon for the SNES. The farm is surrounded by (movable) fence posts, and it can be added to or rearranged. I can't tell what it does for me, though.

    So what's the purpose of the fence? Does it have to be a continuous enclosed space? Is it safe to grow crops outside the fence boundary? Do I need to repair damaged fenceposts?



  • From a GameFAQ's article:

    When it rains or snows, there is a chance that some pieces of the fence will break. You should always thoroughly inspect the day after a storm. Broken pieces can be removed with the hammer and then replaced. If you have any broken pieces, there is a chance wild dogs will come at night. The dogs are characterized by high pitched barking after you go to bed, and they will eat any chickens you leave outside (you will find chicken feathers the next day).
    The more broken pieces, the greater the chances that dogs will come. Once you exceed about 15 or so broken pieces, the dogs will come every night until the fence is fixed.

    I can verify that I have experienced this in-game.


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