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How to Populate an Animal Farm in Minecraft for Xbox 360

How to Populate an Animal Farm in Minecraft for Xbox 360. The 14th update for the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft tweaked the way characters interact with at least one of the animals in the game. This is important if you want to quickly and easily build a thriving animal farm from which you can harvest meats, eggs, milk, wool and other supplies.

Since my kids convinced me it wasn’t so terrifying to play Minecraft in full on survival mode, I have become quite the farmer. Hunger is as quick a killer as anything, especially if you choose to live most of your life in relative safety, underground. So, to solve the problem, I set about building a cool farm, all protected from monsters within my giant underground fortress.


Here are some of my best tips for populating your own animal farm, quickly and easily, on yourMinecraft Xbox 360 game.

Don’t kill all the animals you encounter

It may be tempting to kill all the animals you can find as quickly as you find them, but if you do, any new ones that spawn may be far away, and it could take a long time to build your farm. Resist the temptation, unless you absolutely must kill one to survive. Instead, let them roam peacefully near your home until you can lure them to an enclosure.

Farm some wheat

The first thing you’ll need, to get a cow, sheep or chicken into a safe enclosure, is some wheat. Look for tall grass and chop it down. Wheat seeds will drop from some of the cut grass. Find a safe place near water where you can plant the wheat seeds.

Now, to plant wheat, you’ll need to hoe the ground. Chop down some wood and make a crafting table if you haven’t already. Then make a hoe. A wooden one will do. Hoe the dirt near the water and plant your wheat seeds. Soon they will mature and turn brown on top, then you can chop them down and replant the seeds.

Lure cows and sheep with wheat

Using the wheat, you can lure cows and sheep back to your home and enclose them with a fence outside or bring them right on into your house. I prefer to build my home underground, and make a big enclosed pasture lit with torches and glass skylights, but you can make whatever kind you like. Just make sure there is dirt on the ground and a light source, so grass will grow.

Lure the sheep and cows inside your enclosure. Once you have at least one pair of cows or sheep, you can spawn babies by feeding two of the adults some wheat. They will enter love mode and spawn an offspring. You can repeat this until you have a small herd or flock in your enclosure.

Lure chickens with wheat seeds

Just like you lured the cows and sheep, you can lure chickens into a prepared enclosure or your home with wheat seeds. Once you have two, you can spawn more by feeding them wheat seeds. You can also spawn more sometimes by throwing eggs on the ground.

Lure pigs with carrots

This is the big change that occurred in Update 14 of Minecraft Xbox 360. Pigs used to follow wheat, just like cows and sheep, but now they follow carrots. You can steal carrots from the farms of villagers, if you find a nearby village. Of course, that may take more effort than finding wheat, but don’t give up and kill off all the nearby pigs until you have found your carrots, because you can ride pigs now, and that’s pretty cool.

A few final hints

If you can’t get an animal to come through a doorway or gate, you may have to break it and put it back after they have gone through. Also, other players standing too close can distract the animal that is following you, so make sure other players stay back if you are attempting to lure some livestock home.

Also, be aware that your enclosure must be sized right, or your animals will despawn. I learned this the hard way when the farm we’d worked on so hard was left completely empty after we went out adventuring for a couple of day cycles. I have read that pens smaller than 20 spaces in any direction are safe, but I like to keep mine less than 15 spaces in any direction for good measure.

Finally, chickens, pigs, and baby animals can go through spaces only one block high, so look out for any low openings in walls. And make sure none of your walls are comprised of stair blocks, because your smaller animals can get out that way, and as I discovered in a scene I returned just in time to witness, wolves can also get in. It was just about as tragic as Minecraft gets.

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