Like in real life, sheep are among the most desirable farm animals in Minecraft. Not only will you likely spawn near at least one, but you’ll find them all in nearly all biomes of the Minecraft map, as long as there’s sunlight and grass. The latter is key, as you’ll see in a second. And, like you can breed horses in Minecraft by offering them food, you can also do the same with sheep. Moreover, you can use Shears to get wool or even kill them to get meat. But to sustain a flock of sheep, you must know the answer to the question, “what do sheep eat in Minecraft?” So, let’s provide exactly that.
Sheep eat this on their own
Here’s what sheep in Minecraft graze without player input:
- All Minecraft versions. Sheep eat grass from dirt blocks reverting them into regular dirt blocks.
- Minecraft Bedrock Edition only. Besides grass, sheep can also consume grass and fern from a block, turning it into a regular dirt block as well.
What’s the purpose of grass-eating?
It’s a crucial game mechanic because it allows sheep to regrow their wool after shearing. Eating grass also accelerates the growth of a baby sheep into an adult. Also, because sheep can consume food through objects that are less than a full block thick, you can see sheep eating grass from inside a Minecart or through a honey block.
Sheep eat these foods given by a Minecraft player
Players can only feed Wheat to sheep in Minecraft. You can get Wheat in Minecraft like this:
- Directly. Fully grown wheat can be found in farms within villages in Minecraft.
- By farming. You can obtain Wheat Seed by breaking tall grass. Then, plow any dirt or grass block with a Hoe, provide a water source, and plant the Wheat Seed. Wheat will appear after the dirk block turns to its darkest shade of brown.
How to feed sheep in Minecraft
To give Wheat to Minecraft sheep, do the same as in step 3 of carving a pumpkin in Minecraft. This time, hold Wheat instead of Shears and sheep will immediately stare at you and follow you around. Wheat will disappear once you feed it to the sheep, contrary to using Shears.