Farming in Minecraft is really a terrific way to exponentially grow food, get XP, and advance in the game.
Now as it is known to farm for food, in gaming terms, we can farm for other items too, for instance, our today’s topic itself, the sheep.
Sheep can be slayed in Minecraft to obtain food (that is raw mutton) and wool. Each sheep has 10HP, which can be finished with a minimum of two blows from a stone sword.
Now once we have killed a sheep in Minecraft, it has the probability of dropping wool (of the color of the sheep itself) and/or raw mutton with it, which we can eat directly after cooking which restores more hunger points.
With that being known, let us find out about breeding sheep in Minecraft.
How To Breed Sheep In Minecraft?
Breeding, or, farming sheep in Minecraft can help us to make a sustainable source of constant and easy food and wool supply. Now we usually kill one sheep and collect the items it dropped, but what after we extinguish the mobs around us, and there are very few, but far? That would become troublesome right.
To overcome some problems like this, we use the method of farming. And talking about farming sheep, we are going to basically breed them on a farm. So how do we do that?
Make A Farm
Now to breed a sheep, we are going to first make sure they are in a barricaded area so they do not run away. Also, it can be quite difficult to get them together in one place, unless you find them together while running around.
But that aside, one foolproof method of having sheep in one secure place can be by either luring them or tying them and bringing them together.
For making a farm, a wooden fence boundary is always a good choice, since they can not jump over and run across a fence wall.
A fence wall can be made with a lot of materials, from wood planks to cobblestone. Once we have built a good number of fences, we can start placing them in a closed shape (no fixed design) of our liking, which will then become our farmland for sheep.
Now making fence walls can be a little time taking, so there is another alternative. Now one another way of making walls for a farm is by using cheap blocks. Cheap here means easily breakable and readily available, and thinking of that, the one thing that comes to mind is the dirt blocks.
Now the purpose of the fence is to prevent the sheep from escaping. Since only one layer of fence can do that, it is not enough the same for usual blocks. If you are making walls from a normal wood or dirt block, you will need to use a multi-level block placing (at least 2, more is your wish).
Bring Sheep Together
Now actually luring the sheep can be quite helpful since it can make multiple sheep follow you at one instance, whereas bringing them tied on a leash will be restricted to only one at a time.
For luring mobs like sheep, cows, and chickens we use the food time that we use to feed them.
Therefore, to lure sheep into the farm that we built for them, we will need to hold wheat in one hand, find and get close to sheep and then slowly walk towards our farm while the sheep follows us.
Make sure to not run away fast since sheep walk a little slower than us.
Now to breed sheep we need at least a pair of them, that is, 2 of them. (Obviously, no way to distinguish between male and female in the game so we will just leave that to Mojang)
Now that we are finally ready with our sheep inside the farm, we can start breeding our sheep in Minecraft.
Now to know how to mate sheep in Minecraft, we need to know what to feed a sheep in Minecraft. And as we discussed in the previous section, the sheep feeds on wheat in Minecraft.
So, to finally breed/mate sheep in Minecraft, we will be getting two sheep close, then feeding them both with wheat.
To feed sheep with wheat, we will simply hold wheat in the right hand, and then right-click while looking at the sheep.
Now when we feed the sheep with wheat, we will notice some red heart icons popping out from them, this is the sign of successful feeding.
And if we feed two sheep at once nearby, they will start to mate. And within a second, we will notice a lamb appearing from in between them. (Minecraft biology is quite fast huh?)
The appearance of a lamb, or just a mini-sheep we can say, is a sign of successful mating between two sheep in Minecraft.
This, is successfully, how to breed sheep in Minecraft!
Now the profits of mating sheep in Minecraft can be amazing. We can have a sheep farm where we can have a regular continuous supply of wool if we use a shear to take off their wool.
If we want to farm/breed sheep for food in Minecraft, then we can also choose to simply execute them by burning which will provide us with instant cooked mutton.
For this, we will need to use flint and steel to place directly below the sheep to make the fire do its job.
So this was our detailed and easy-to-guide for breeding sheep in Minecraft. We learned how to mate/breed/farm sheep, this will benefit us in many ways, for food, experience gain, and wool.