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I am currently playing Minecraft 1.1 and I can't find any sheep! I know that there are sheep in this world because I have seen the same world in videos with sheep. Does anyone have any tips or ideas on what I should do? I simply can't find any sheep at all!

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That's very common problem. How much time have you spent looking for them? Once it took me almost two full Minecraft-days. –  Olegs Jeremejevs Jan 13 '12 at 20:46
    
The newest version is 1.1, FYI. –  John the Green Jan 14 '12 at 3:00
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You could move into a village if you find one. Make sure there is a black smith house with some good stuff. Villages are usually located near sheep.

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-1: Sheep are spawned randomly and have no connection to villages. –  SevenSidedDie May 22 '13 at 3:16
    
The only correlation I can think of is that both Sheep and Villages spawn in the plains biome. That said, you're still more likely to come across sheep before coming across a village –  Robotnik May 22 '13 at 4:15
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You can always go to another chunk, and just keep running around with wheat until sheep, pigs, cows, chickens, etc start to followe but if your scared to get lost, put lamps down where your trail is, and we getting animals to follow you, you have to keep turning around and making sue they are still folowing or make sure they see the wool, its better to just walk backwards watching them the entire way.

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If you can't find sheep for wool (I'm assuming) you can always kill spiders and craft their string into wool.

http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/String

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I had this problem when I first started playing - couldn't figure out how to make bread so just killed everything nearby and ate it. Didn't realise they wouldn't respawn.

Ended up just heading into the next chunk, building a large enclosed area and luring that chunk's sheep into it. Once there it was easy to breed them.

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You can encourage passive mobs like Sheep to spawn by creating a large, flat grassy area. They only spawn on grass blocks, so having a big, open, flat grass field gives you more chances.

Relevant wiki pages:

Sheep

Grass

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Animals don't spawn anymore, they're created with the chunks as you walk into them and continue existing until they die... only way to get more animals is to breed the ones you find (or keep exploring) –  Random832 Jan 13 '12 at 21:13
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Wow, OK. I haven't messed with animals much since 1.0, my bad. Damn wiki needs updated. –  Cory J Jan 13 '12 at 22:09
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There is a small chance for them to spawn, as far as I am aware. I think someone needs to do some code delving. –  Pureferret Jan 27 '12 at 15:38
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@Pureferret From experience, they definitely do still spawn very rarely. On a floating island it's possible to get new animals eventually, if there's grass. –  SevenSidedDie May 22 '13 at 3:17
    
@SevenSidedDie - I seem to recall reading that animals will spawn if there are less than 11 in the current chunk (overall, not by species) and other conditions like grass and light are met). –  Robotnik May 22 '13 at 4:18
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The best solution is to simply go for a walk and look for them. Bring a sword, food and wheat. I tend to find sheep in open stretches of a "plains" biome devoid of trees. I've also had decent success finding them on the side of hills, again, devoid of trees. They tend to flock in groups of 6 or so.

If you find any sheep simply hold the wheat in your hand and they will follow you around. Use this to corral them into a pen/holding area for future use or to find them again.

Another option is to load up a program like MCEdit and look around the world for entities (small red blocks), select them, analyze (to ensure you have sheep or not other mobs or dropped items), then copy and paste. Not quite as easy as it sounds but can sometimes help.

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You may also want to bring shears, if you're wanting to harvest the wool right away. And a stack of logs and torches in case it is very late and you need to set up a camp. Sometimes it can take a very long time to find specific animals. –  Zibbobz Nov 3 '13 at 16:19
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