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You may be thinking of breeding sheep as pasture pets or as a business venture. In any case, you may be wondering what a sheep’s average life cycle is. Let’s go over the various stages of the life stages of a sheep.

Gestation 
 In sheep, the typical gestation period ranges from 142 to 152 days. The average length of time is 147 days. Most sheep are seasonal breeders, while others may breed all year. Although certain breeds produce bigger litters of lambs on a regular basis, the majority deliver single or twin lambs. During or shortly after labor, ewes and lambs may be confined to tiny lambing jugs. These are small enclosures meant to allow for thorough observation of the ewes as well as to strengthen the relationship between them and their offspring.

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Lambs 
 A newborn sheep, also called a lamb, will frequently attempt to stand and walk within minutes of birth. This is also when the lamb starts suckling from its mother’s first milk, known as colostrum. Colostrum contains a lot of vitamins, lipids, and carbs. It also helps to keep infections at bay and cleanses the digestive tract. Lambs should nurse as frequently as possible within the first 10 days of life, while some lambs are unable to nurse and must be fed on a bottle.

Hoggets 
Weaning, or the shift of a lamb’s diet from mother’s milk to solid food, can occur at any time between the ages of five and fourteen weeks. Lambs can remain with their mothers until they are around five months old. They are known as weaners during this period, and they begin eating hay, grass, or grain. Hoggets are lambs that are older than weaners but not quite adults. They are similar to adolescents or teens in that they must continue to progress and become independent of their mothers.

Adulthood
Ewes (female sheep) generally reach sexual maturity at six to eight months old, and rams (male sheep) generally at four to six months. Sheep are considered fully developed adults when they reach one year.

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