Sheep have four-chambered stomachs like other ruminants, such as cows. This type of stomach is often said to consist of four different stomachs, but is actually one stomach with four different parts. The four parts are the rumen, reticulum, omasum and abomasum.
The rumen is the largest part of the stomach. After the sheep swallows its food, the food ferments in the rumen. The animal regurgitates the contents of the rumen and repeatedly chews it. The fermentation capabilities of the rumen allow animals to survive on fibrous plants that most animals cannot digest. Sheep usually graze on grass, but they occasionally browse on twigs and bushes.Learn More
Sheep are pregnant from 142 to 152 days with the average gestation period being 147 days. Breed differences have an effect on the length of gestation, making it somewhat shorter or longer than the average. For instance, Finnsheep have shorter pregnancies than Rambouillet sheep.Full Answer >
Sheep were first domesticated over 10,000 years ago by people in ancient Mesopotamia. It is theorized that domesticated sheep were bred from the wild sheep species, the mouflon, based on their similar number of chromosomes.Full Answer >
A female sheep is called a "ewe," a docile creature of high intelligence. Female sheep weigh between 150 and 200 pounds, and reach sexual maturity around 6 months depending on the breed, the type of nutrition available and the season in which they were born.Full Answer >
A young sheep between newborn and 14 months old is called a lamb. Once a lamb reaches the age of 14 months old, it is considered a sheep.Full Answer >