What Is the Gestation Period of a Sheep?


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The gestation period for a sheep is between 145 and 155 days. After that, the ewe gives birth to a lamb that can weigh up to 8 pounds. Shortly after birth, lambs are strong enough to begin grazing with the flock.

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Breeding season begins in the early fall and lasts through winter. Female sheep normally breed once or twice a year.

Lambs rely on their mothers' milk for the first two to three months of their lives. They reach puberty at 5 to 8 months of age. At maturity, sheep can weigh anywhere from 90 to 300 pounds. Mature males are called rams and mature females are called ewes.

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