Sheep drop 4 wool
Recently I have noticed sheep drop 4 units of wool. I don't have any mods. Anyone else have this?--Gekomees 19:18, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
No, I haven't noticed. All my sheep just drop 2 or 3 wool. But, consider yourself lucky. Not everyone has a surplus of wool! :D 18.104.22.168 04:10, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
Edit it in. Sheep now drop 1-4 blocks of wool.--22.214.171.124 05:52, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
 Add to Article and Confusion
I just did this like 3 minutes ago: when you shear a sheep when it's eating grass, the wool regrows immediately. Please someone, add this to Trivia or wherever it belongs.
Confusion: On this page, it says pink sheep have a 0.164% chance of spawning. However, on the
dye page, it says 0.174%. Which one is correct? Edit: I meant on the Wool page NOT the dye page. 126.96.36.199 21:18, 4 July 2012 (UTC)
 Old Info
I'm not sure where to put this so I'm writing here because it's one of the relevant pages...
From what I understand, a Wiki should keep all their information up-to-date. Here we've jumble up stuff from Alpha and Survival Test. We must understand that they are all the same game, just in a different version. So putting their old drops and other old information in the main article just isn't right. But removing it won't do either, as they might serve as a memory of important milestones in the development of Minecraft.
So I propose to move all that data to a new "History" subsection in the article. I tried doing that but it was soon reverted because it was said that "History is not needed". If not, at least put it as a Trivia, and not in the Main article? --Scykei 14:11, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
 Reason to kill sheep
I thought I read somewhere that mobs stepping on tilled soil can also revert them to dirt, and destroy farming? If so, that would give another reason to kill sheep or pig. Please ignore if this is untrue. Meioziz 01:48, 10 November 2010 (CST)
Yes, you are correct, mobs stepping on tilled soil (farmland) will revert it to dirt, that would be a reason to kill them, but you could just place fences around. If you just HATE sheep, or you're finished with them, you could kill them. Anyways, pigs give you pork (I'm vegetarian D: so I have trouble surviving in Minecraft) so that already is a reason to kill them. Stinkbug22 22:18, 28 March 2011 (UTC)
- I know that feeling, sister/brother. Having a hard time surviving as a vegetarian, that is.
 Nude sheep
Can someone please add a pic of a nude sheep?
- I didMoonBeans 12:02, 28 November 2010 (CST)
 Sheep eating
can someone add a pic of one?
I know, right? 188.8.131.52 04:12, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
 Too Many Images?
With the recent update we've received a glut of new images of sheep in all colors, and I'm not entirely certain we need quite so many of them! Am I alone in this viewpoint or should we start pruning a few of them? - SoNick (Talk | Contribs) 00:51, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
- I just pruned two of them, since they are indeed beginning to become repetitive. I think that we should monitor this closely, and begin to remove similar pictures from the block, since one for each sheep seems alright enough by me, but more than one for each... well is getting to be a bit too much. -St. Fenix (User•Talk) 15:39, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
 Information about regrowing wool?
Has anyone done research about how long it takes for sheep's wool to regrow. And will a sheep that has been dyed and sheared continue to regrow wool of the dyed color? (thus saving dye and making a colored sheep farm theoretically practical for colored wool harvesting) - Londonbrig0 17:24, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
- Sheep do not currently regrow wool. It was an aspect that Notch tested and then removed. Zephyriphoenix 15:51, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
Does anyone know if the regrowth is true now that 1.8 is around? The animals seem to be persistent, as I have trapped 3 cows and 2 sheep, and have had them happily sitting in pens in my home for over a day's worth of play now.NinjaKitty
If they do regrow wool it must be after dozens of minecraft days. Proximity could be an issue but even lurking at the pen for many days makes no difference. Surely they can't remain naked forever! 184.108.40.206 04:26, 29 December 2011 (UTC).
They DO regrow wooll, practicaly instantaneously. They regrow wool if they eat the grass that is on dirt blocks. May 2012
It would be interesting to know how many blocks of grass you need for 1 sheep. Because if there's not enough grass after a few Minecraft days there's no grass left! about 9. ):
Yes, the sheep will regrow the wool the color that you have dyed the sheep. Saving you dye. Also the sheep will regrow their wool whenever they decide to eat grass. Therefore it could take a matter of seconds to a couple of minutes to a couple of hours for the sheep to regrow their wool. Sources: Past experience August 16, 2012
With the advent of different colored naturally occuring sheep, it seems to be apparent to me that some of them are rarer than others. I myself have a hard time finding Black sheep and using it to build with is fairly difficult, unless I sheer tons of White sheep that never stop spawning in my game, and dye that. So It's making me wonder, is there a way to tell if the sheep spawning is slanted towards more white than grey/black? And if we can prove it, it should be mentioned in the article. -St. Fenix (User•Talk) 15:41, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
- The darker natural colours definitely appear with only a fraction of the frequency with which white ones do, but I've only got personal experience to go by and that's not good enough for the article. SteveZombie 10:21, 17 January 2011 (UTC)
- I'd concur that colours other than white are much rarer, and see it as only common sense to put this in the article until somebody can come up with some hard statistics. After all, isn't the wiki built around user knowledge, the majority of which comes from playing the game itself? Feel free to remove this if it breaches some regulation of the wiki. (I should probably look over those.) Troagador 14:42, 19 January 2011 (UTC)
- I'll look at the code for spawning sheep when I get the chance. And I'm almost certain there are dark grey sheep, seeing as I have dark grey wool (if I remember properly) in my chest. I'll check that tonight for sure. --Thevdude 00:41, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
- Got this info from the server software, don't know if this is the same as in singleplayer:
- White: 85% chance
- Light gray: 5% chance
- Gray: 5% chance
- Black: 5% chance
- Got this info from the server software, don't know if this is the same as in singleplayer:
triangle1: naturally spawning sheep, in order of rarity, are white (81.836% chance), black (5%), gray (5%), light gray (5%), brown (3%), and pink (0.164%). (directly from the trivia)
 Stuck sheep?
I have this sheep here that will not move. It will turn around to look around and make BAAA noises, but it will not leave. Could someone explain why it is immobile? Is it because it is on the lower half of the stair?
- Its stuck between the stair and the door, mobs do that somethimes, if you put a block with a sign on top of it and remove the block, chickens can get stuck under it at the same way as that sheep.
 Brown Sheep?
Why are there no natural brown sheep? I have lots at home :P
it's not as blue as it looks 18:12, 17 March 2011 (UTC) I just found a natural brown sheep and took a screenshot...this must be new in the update
There ARE brown sheep! I've seen several natural brown sheep!!!! :D 220.127.116.11 04:14, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
 wrong trivia
I have discovered anerror at the trivia,
The only naturally spawning sheep, in order of rarity, are black (5%), Gray (10%), Light Gray (15%) and White (85%).
5%+10%+15%+85%=115% I dont know what the just values are Ferry 18:52, 28 March 2011 (UTC)
 Never found a single pink sheep
I have found about 2 dozen brown sheep, but yet to find 1 pink sheep. ...3% to 0.164% is about 1 pink sheep for every 18 brown sheep. I've found about 24 so far, so why am I not getting any? :/ Cool12309(T|C) 02:00, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
- *shrug* I've found like 4 or 5 at this point. They are really, really rare. I'm sure I've found way more brown sheep than that though. --Warlock 02:06, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
- I'm finding them everywhere in my new 1.0 world.
 Sheep Everywhere!
I'm removing the "rapidly spawning sheep glitch" from the trivia section because the only citation is some 12-year old's youtube vid, could have very easily been done with SPC and there's no other mention elsewhere of this supposed bug. Caffeine 15:01, 10 June 2011 (UTC)
I have recently tried suffocating sheep beneath sand, and it doesn't seem that they die. Another couple of interesting things happen e.g. they turn darkish (as if they were in nighttime). They are also hittable through the sand and die the same way as in under normal circumstances. They still jump and move as if they were trying to escape. I haven't tried out what happened to them if you shear them.
Can someone confirm this for the sake of research? --Kadinsky 19:39, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
- Anything that us inside a solid block looks dark because the block is blocking (excuse the unintentional pun) the light. I have noticed all of these same observations in SMP, but the block pushed the sheep out before it could even begin to suffocate. Maybe that happened to you too? Verhalthur (talk)(contribs) 19:51, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
- I wouldn't seem to be doing that. The sheep is very much visible but he remains trapped. I will post a screencap some time tomorrow. Thanks for the reply! --Kadinsky 22:25, 15 July 2011 (UTC)
 Dimensions (mainly Height) of the mob
Pig = 1.875 blocks tall, 0.625 blocks wide and 1.25 blocks long.
Sheep = 1.25 blocks tall, 0.625 blocks wide and 1.4375 blocks long.
Where does this info come from? For me it seems to be quite the other way around. Pigs are noticeably shorter than sheep. Proof:
I noticed this when pigs kept going through 1 block high holes all the time, but sheep weren't. Also I consider this somewhat important information for trap-planning. Can someone look into this and confirm the heights (all the dimensions) or correct it?
(Posted it on the Talk:Pig page too. Sorry if I shouldn't have.) Blaz 07:37, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
- Maybe if you have some texture pack then those are the dimensions . But i don't think that those are in the original one . --dariomTc. 16:41, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
 Are Brown Sheep more common in 1.8?
Title. I've found 6 brown sheep compared to about a two dozen white sheep, and no other colours. Has anyone else noticed this? Shellface 00:12, 18 September 2011 (UTC)
- I don't think so. You may have just gotten lucky. - Dermot Mac Flannchaidh 12:45, 2 October 2011 (UTC)
 Natural Sheared Sheep O_o
Hey guys, I've been playing this one map for a while now, and I've been seeing some sheep that were already sheared. I know it wasn't me because (until notch re-adds sheep wool regrowing) sheep become useless afterwards I slay them (cept the ones in my farm). I've seen at least 4-5 sheep without wool. Anyone else seen the streaker sheep? Geonightman 16:38, 3 October 2011 (UTC)
Confirmed, I have had shawn sheep spawn. --Agouti 13:07, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
Sounds like you had an encounter with herobrine.
I came on here looking for that same exact thing. I'm like... O.O omg... what is going on. I know that I slay sheep after sheering them because they don't regrow wool. I was looking for some sheep to breed and I just keep coming across sheered sheep. I killed them because I didn't know their color and moved on. Well it's been a few real days and about 8 hours worth of gameplay. It's becoming a problem for me. ~Destiny~ email: email@example.com
Hey guy, wolves kill sheep and leave wool lying around. Sorry if this is posted wrongly.
 Sheared sheep
Sheared sheep can't be turned into Love mode, though they will still follow the player when he is holding Wheat
I've also turned shorn sheep into love mode, and had them breed. --NinjaKitty 22:02, 11 October 2011 (UTC)
 Baby sheep
The baby sheep image needs to be re-scaled to fit the other images in that infobox. --Ecksearoh 22:43, 9 October 2011 (UTC)
 Sheep Spawning behaviour
I've been playing in a SMP server for a while, and I'm positive of the following:
Sheep do not seem to respawn, but they do regrow their wool in a respawn like fashion. If they DO respawn, it is only near other sheep. I'm not sure if it's connected to long grass at all, however I haven't managed to get a sheep to regrow under observation. --Agouti 13:11, 14 October 2011 (UTC)
This is absolutely utterly and completely false on all levels --18.104.22.168 16:11, 23 October 2011 (UTC)
And about the spawning behaviour, I recently noticed that there is one black sheep for each three white sheeps, is it intended to be like that? --Ayudon1 13:12, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
- No, it's just a coincidence. Sheep colors are random. --Saphireking65 15:14, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
Since you can shear little sheeps, can anyone upload a picture of a sheared little sheep? :D22.214.171.124
In 11w49a I cannot shear baby sheep, can someone confirm when this changed, and if it is intended? Cultist O 10:59, 9 December 2011 (UTC)
You can't shear baby sheep, even now, sorry. :D 126.96.36.199 16:00, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
 Regrowing wool
Is that a thing yet, or is it still "coming soon"? billybobfred 20:16, 20 November 2011 (UTC)
It is a thing. It's so cool when it re grows, because you've just sheared a sheep, and when it decides to eat-poof! It has wool. And you can shear it again. And see it re grow again. And repeat. And repeat. But the wool only re grows when the sheep eats, so... it could take a second, or a loooong time. It depends. Happy shearing! 188.8.131.52 04:19, 9 April 2013 (UTC)
 Red Sheep naturally?
 How much wool does shearing yield?
the "usage paragraph states 1-4, the stats table 1-3, I think it's 1-3 as of weekly 11w49a, and 2-4 before, but whatever the case, they need to match. Cultist O 11:17, 9 December 2011 (UTC)
- It was 2-4 before 11w49a, and 1-3 in 11w49a (see: ). I think, that both ranges should be mentioned in the info box. --mgr 12:54, 9 December 2011 (UTC)
- Do we really need it listed in three places? (the first paragraph, the usage paragraph and the stats box)Cultist O
 Sheep Locations?
I can never find sheep in my current worlds. Weird, you know, how whenever you really need one mob, it never appears? Anyway, does anyone know where sheep are most likely to spawn; for example, the biome, how to maximize spawns, and perhaps even a seed with lots of sheep. If anyone would reply to to this, that would be helpful. Thank you for reading this.
CURSE YOU SHEEP!!!!
- I don't believe that biome nor seed reliably effects sheep spawning (other than the more well lit grass, and the less wolves, the more sheep.) Try killing other passives when you see them, and maintaining as much well lit grass as possible, openness should help as well. Cultist O 06:44, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
- Thanks, this will be very helpful.--~ Christian, Prophet of the Camelids 00:44, 11 December 2011 (UTC)
 Do lambs grow faster when eating grass?
Because I've just seen one growing up even before his parents recovered from the love mode. It was constantly consuming grass, much faster than mature sheep. Could anyone confirm this? 184.108.40.206 12:58, 2 January 2012 (UTC)
Also, it turned into a mature sheep instantly after it chewed another block. 220.127.116.11 13:03, 2 January 2012 (UTC)
Yes, lambs grow much faster when they eat grass (from the 1.1-code) - they skip 1 minute of growing when they eat grass, they need 20 minutes to grow if they don't eat grass (the same time as all other animals), so lambs are able to grow much faster. They eat approximately every 2,5 seconds - older sheeps eat approximately every 50 seconds 18.104.22.168 01:57, 15 January 2012 (UTC)
 im overrun with sheep!!!!
help, how can i stop them? for the past five hours ive been massacring sheep, i even got a ton of tnt in a hole and blew up the lot of them, but this island im on has at least one thousand sheep to start, i have a double chest almost full of whool from killing sheep, why wont they stop? its insane, there in my tower, eating my zen garden in the skys lawn, running around my mine, and floating around the island!!!! help
my answers: 1)get a wolf, 2)leave your home, 3)use lava, 4)make more chests 22.214.171.124 19:46, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
 Parent sheep bug?
I've run across a possible bug with two pairs of sheep when having lambs.
If there are two pairs of sheep who are in love mode at relatively the same time (before one pair has a baby), then spawn two lambs, all parents will follow the first-born lamb. The other one will be completely ignored. This happens whether or not the lamb belongs to the parents.
Someone replaced part of the article word "Sheep" with JEB
 Rainbow Sheep,Is It Real or Myth
So i saw some guy say something about breeding sheep a certain order to get the rainbow sheep,is it true? If so,how do i breed it?--Pedrorandumthe3rd 21:57, 22 March 2012 (UTC)P R the 3rdPedrorandumthe3rd 21:57, 22 March 2012 (UTC)--
- Mod and/or texture pack. Google finds a few relevant-sounding pages. -- Orthotope 02:39, 23 March 2012 (UTC)
No rainbow sheep. Maybe mod or texture pack. No rainbow sheep in vanilla MineCraft. 126.96.36.199 16:04, 9 April 2013 (UTC) please excuse my broken sentences.
 Pink Sheep
After creating a new world using the seed Airsoft I have found 4 pink sheep in a close distance and now im really confused. Is this some sort of glitch or am i lucky and should play the lottery –Preceding unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (Talk|Contribs) 04:32, 26 March 2012. Please sign your posts with ~~~~
- This is natural, but rare; about a 1 in 610 chance. That's still thousands of times more likely than winning the lottery. -- Orthotope 05:20, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
- Actually this is thousands of times rarer than winning the lottery. 1 in 610 is for 1 pink sheep, to find four is 1 in 138458410000 (1 in 610^4). This number is calculated without factoring in the likelihood of sheep spawning jnstead of other mobs, and the likelihood of four mobs spawning near the player, therefore it should be about 2 or 3 times rarer.
The likelihood of winning the lottery is only 1 in 13983816. --Anoymous712 04:45, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
 Grass Eating Behavior
I have 2 questions - was wondering if anyone knew if sheep will eat grass even if they haven't been sheared, and can sheep eat grass that is under a fence? --184.108.40.206 20:55, 26 October 2012 (UTC)
- They will definitely eat grass even when unsheared, I've seen it often enough. A quick look at my sheep farm suggests they cannot eat grass from under a fence. (And confirms the first point. ;-) ) --Mental Mouse 22:04, 26 October 2012 (UTC)
- I've tested this as well. A few fenced in pens, 1 control (sheared sheep on grass), 1 with unsheared sheep on grass, and 1 with sheared sheep on stone with the fences on grass. The unsheared sheep soon ate some grass. The sheared sheep on stone never regained its wool, and the grass under the fences remained untouched. As an additional test, I also tried sheared sheep *on* fences over grass - same results as the sheep on stone. Test duration lasted about 10 minutes - long enough for the control sheep to regrow all their wool a couple times. --220.127.116.11 05:45, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
 sheep dropped egg
i just killed a sheep with an enchanted ironsword with smite 4 ,fire aspect 2, looting 2, and knock back 2 and it dropped an egg has this ever happened to anyone else because it freaked me out!!!??? 18.104.22.168 03:16, 3 November 2012 (UTC)
 Weird glitch
I have a very very very odd glitch in minecraft, I had a sheep farm with a small wheat farm, I destroy the wheat farm, and kill all the sheep, I go away and come back and it all respawns! The wheat farm and all! 22.214.171.124
- Chances are the chunks aren't being saved, then when you leave that area and come back, the chunk loads from what has saved. Maybe you should press the escape button when you destroy the farm. That should force it to save. -- (T) Numbermaniac (C) 06:41, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
 Different personalities?
I've had numerous sheep farms over my time playing minecraft, simply because I like having carpets, and I've noticed among spending my time with the sheep that they might have different personalities depending on the color they are? Like, I've noticed that I ALWAYS have more wool of some colors than others because when im going around sheering my sheep, those colors seem to eat grass more often. Also that some sheep colors drop more wool than others when sheered and it seems to happen consistently. Is this true? Perhaps with the way they're coded or something it messed with their eating habits and such? Could someone test this? My friends think im a weirdo o.O;
 Sheep disappearing?
I decided to do a test to see if the sheep can spawn in 2 block high rooms unlike what this wiki says, that they need two blocks space above them to spawn. I can breed sheep just fine. I play on a server where I own an underground farm. Logged on a bit ago to find some of the sheep were gone. The server has land protection so I own this land therefor nobody can edit it, or kill animals but me. What would cause them to disappear? A friend of mine said they have to have two blocks above them to live, but clearly that's not the case since I've had this farm for almost a week now and nothing like this has happened. What would cause them to disappear like this? 126.96.36.199 12:47, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
 PINK SHEEP EVERYWHERE I LOOOOOOOK!!!!!!
Sereiously you don't have to beleive me I caught 17 pink sheep recorded 8 others (27) and saw more IN THE SAME PLACE!!!! What are the odds can somebody please work it out?!!! Is it a know glitch???? A little help with screenshots 2 i got pictures (no i didnt dye them)!!!!!!!!Coffe789 13:14, 28 March 2013 (UTC)
The chance of having 27 pink sheep spawn is about 0.000000000000000000000632%, so I can understand why you're pretty surprised. It's not a glitch, it's just luck of the draw, seriously. To get that to happen, it must have been a very rare occurrence. -- Numbermaniac - T - C 06:39, 8 April 2013 (UTC)
play the lottery. :D 188.8.131.52 19:49, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
 Pink Sheep Probability
I've just come across nine pink sheep in close proximity to each other. If we rely on the probability listed here, that is a very unlikely event. As a budding statistician myself I am beginning to wonder about the source of this probability — is it taken directly from game code or was it determined experimentally? And is the information up-to-date as of v1.5 (or later snapshots)? If from code, could there be some other influence — for instance, could the white and light grey sheep that were also nearby have bred off-screen and produced pink offspring, or otherwise somehow been taken into account by the spawning process? If the data was taken experimentally, perhaps it's time to use a larger sample, as intuitively it seems that the probability our experimenter was limited by time/patience and has provided data with a large error, would be greater than the supposed probability of finding so many pink sheep as I have (and that's not to mention the fellow above).--184.108.40.206 08:08, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
- That is a really interesting thought, and I'm into numbers myself (hence my username :D). Someone else also said they found 27 pink sheep, which was interesting to hear. I'm not sure about how new or old the info is, but I might look into that when I have the time. They can't breed themselves, only the player can breed sheep. Also, when you breed sheep, you can't get a different colour sheep. The baby sheep will always be the color of one of the parents, it may be either, although I believe it is more likely to be the first one. I really like your thought, and it would be nice to check the integrity of that info. -- Numbermaniac - T - C 08:36, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
- Update, I've found something like ten more and I'd guess that about 1/3 of total sheep I've found have been pink. Don't suppose there's an automated way to check a selection of chunks over a selection of seeds, or anything similar. Best thing would be to have a look directly at how they're spawned but that might be more difficult (if faster) than experimentation. Re: breeding, that's basically what I thought but a friend of mine was convinced otherwise and seemed to think that some sort of "pseudo-breeding" could be producing the pink sheep. In any case I'll be trying to figure this out. And cheers for the pointer re: adding a section.--220.127.116.11 11:24, 14 May 2013 (UTC)
- This is really getting quite interesting. I wish I knew what part of Minecraft's code determined the sheep spawning chance. I could maybe have then seen the chance of them spawning. From what I know, they cannot breed by themselves, and babies will always be the same colour of at least one of the parents. And when replying, you can click the "edit" link on the right side of the header. Means you don't have to scroll for ages to get to the bottom. -- Numbermaniac - T - C 07:47, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
- The numbers are based on the color-randomizing function in the Sheep entity code. (I could post it here if you want, but MCP makes it a horrible multiply-nested ternary statement.) I simulated calling that function a few million times, and got statistically identical results. I'm not sure how to explain clusters of pink sheep, other than a quirk of the random number generator not being truly random. -- Orthotope 09:24, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
- I guess it could be figured out with some more investigation but frankly I'm satisfied with this explanation. Cheers. Sometimes forget that we're not dealing with a truly random process - in any event Newtonian determinism should keep valid the comparison to winning the lottery (many times, as the case may be).--18.104.22.168 05:21, 18 May 2013 (UTC)
- Or, the pink sheep aren't unusual after all. I've seen three at a time, and then some scattered about my lovely little world. --22.214.171.124 11:53, 31 May 2013 (UTC)
 Dyed Sheep Despawn?
Do sheep that have been dyed by the Player despawn? --126.96.36.199 18:17, 17 June 2013 (UTC)
 So many pink sheep!
9 pink sheep in one herd. I've seen multiple pink sheep in a general area but those were made up of several herds spawned near each other. What are the odds that one herd of 9 sheep would spawn all pink?
 Wool Chart
Can we please get a chart that shows the different combinations of sheep that can be breed and dyed to make different colors? I find it very confusing to try to find out what colors I need to make a specific color, and as a wiki, shouldn't we try to provide the most accurate and easy to understand information that we can? I think a chart would really help. Thank you. Brickticks (talk) 15:28, 21 November 2013 (UTC)