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Wild Sheep?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by BarredCometLaced, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Northern NH
    So I was wondering the other day, is their anyway to teach sheep to look for their own food in the winter? What would they eat is nothing was available? Any wild foods that sheep tend to forage for in winter?
    I was thinking about this, because like what if something happened to me and the poor sheep were left alone? What would they eat? So I was like"I would have to teach them to be wild again". Wild sheep have to forage in the winter... how do they do it? I think it would be cool to transform a breed of domestic sheep such as the Tunis into a self reliant breed... Anyone able to answer any of the questions? Or your opinion: can domestic sheep be taught to take care of themselves?

    What conditions would be needed to allow them to be able to fend for themselves during the winter?

    Yep, that's what happens when you have too much time to think about the finer details in life.

    Anyway, let me know what you think!


  2. skookumchuck

    skookumchuck Chirping

    Nov 11, 2012
    Jefferson City, MO
    Sheep are grasers in the wild sheep find ridges that stay free of snow and eat the dried up grasses or they dig through the snow to get to grass. Winter habitat is very important and is the limiting factor in the carring capacity of wild sheep in the northern parts of thier range. With desert sheep it is the availability of water and grass. Dommestic sheep will revert to a wild state quite easily if they have water and grass they can pretty much take care of themselves.

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