How To Raise
Sheep As Pets
How To Raise Sheep
- 8 Quick Tips
For New Sheep Owners To Keep In Mind
don't usually raise sheep for pets and to some the idea
is kind of "out there." However, if you are one of those
unconventional pet owners or collectors, or you have a
thing for farm animal pets, or you simply want something
wooly and says "baaaa," then we can't blame you-love for
pets should be universal, what ever kind they may be.
Sheep are generally good natured animals and can be good
pets for children and the disabled. Raising sheep as
pets teaches responsibility and to some may also be a
good companions for the lonely.
Here are some tips on how to raise sheep as pets:
• First is to consider your finances. Raising sheep as
pets is easy to manage because they aren't difficult to
keep and feed. However, you must have enough money to
buy materials for their fencing or housing, for
vaccination, stockpiling food or feeds, among other
• You need space to keep your sheep. There are rare
cases when sheep are kept inside a home. Sheep that are
kept as farm animals require a couple of acres of land
especially if they get their food from grazing. However,
a big backyard of at least 50 square feet will suffice
where definitely grass will be an insufficient food
source. In this case, and you can feed it hay or other
types of feeds that are available in the market.
• The next step is deciding the breed. Any type of sheep
breed can be kept as pets, however miniature breeds are
available and are recommended if you want to raise sheep
as pets such as the Nigerian Dwarf or Pygmy.
• Because sheep are good natured and are social animals,
it is recommended to keep more than one. Just make sure
that you have the males neutered if you don't want them
to breed or reproduce.
• Making a home for your sheep involves using sturdy
fencing because sheep are known to find "holes" in
fences. Also keeping them away from other pets such as
dogs and other animals is best because even though they
may not attack your pet sheep, they may bring plenty of
stress especially if your ewe is pregnant.
• Feeding sheep is easy. Sheep prefer to eat weeds,
grass and clover. They're diet isn't very strict and
would even eat plants you don't want them to eat or
vegetable in your garden. A mature sheep only requires
eating about 2 percent of its body weight per day. It
only requires 8 to 10 percent of protein in its diet.
• If you plan to raise sheep as pets, it is best if you
keep one that does not need sheering. However, for the
very wooly-coated sheep, it is important to sheer them
during summer for they can suffer from a heat stroke.
• Finally, keeping your pet sheep healthy involves
regular visit to the vet, where they'll get their shots
and vaccinations to avoid diseases.
Raising sheep as pets have been known to be therapeutic
for some people and is a good idea for people that like
keeping farm animals. Just be sure that you are mindful
of the basic necessities and knowledge required for
raising a sheep.
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