Do Sheep Eat Their Own Poop

Do Sheep Eat Their Own Poop

Do sheep eat their own poop? It’s a common question that people ask about these animals. The answer is both yes and no.

While young sheep will sometimes lick the backsides of other sheep to consume their feces, adult sheep generally do not do this. However, they will consume soil that contains feces in order to obtain needed minerals and other nutrients.
There are several reasons why sheep might consume feces.

One is that they are seeking out needed minerals and other nutrients. Another is that they are trying to consume as much roughage as possible to help with digestion. And finally, some researchers believe that sheep may do this in order to self-medicate in order to prevent or treat certain illnesses.

Whatever the reason, it’s clear that sheep eating feces is not uncommon. If you’re concerned about it, you can talk to your veterinarian about ways to prevent it.

Do sheep eat their own poop?

No, sheep do not eat their own poop.


DG Pugh

Hi, I am DG Pugh. A professor of large animals and a  world-renowned expert on the medical care of sheep and goats. I am also the author of a book titled ''Sheep and Goat Medicine''. I hope you will enjoy all my content on this blog. I write majorly on how to take care of your sheet and goats.

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