Okay people, here it is. You wanna know the single most important piece of advice I can share with you about homesteading?
If you plan on getting any kind of livestock, whether it’s a single goat, a few chickens, a couple of pigs, whatever, you must have everything prepared BEFORE your animal(s) arrive!! No winging it!
Seriously. This was the biggest mistake we’ve made by far. I wish I could start all over again and heed my own warnings! Not being prepared for our new animals has caused a whole lot of unnecessary stress and frustration. If you are wise, you will learn from my mistakes and prepare beforehand!
Have everything you will need ready. Read what others are saying has and has not worked for them.
Make sure you have a sturdy pen and housing ready. Don’t settle for a temporary “Jerry rigged” setup. Do it right.
Buy the feed, medicine, and equipment to have on hand immediately, before you need it.
Build any structures necessary (like a goat stand) before you bring the animal home.
Protect your plants and garden if you plan to free range.
Secure your trash cans!! I’m talking a sturdy fence around them people! (Can you tell I speak from experience?)
Trust me, if you have everything set before the animal arrives life will be so much nicer! Build it, buy it, prepare it; have everything in it’s place, then invite your new animals in. You’ll be so glad you’ve covered your bases! Getting animals is a big step. And believe me, you’ll have plenty of other things to worry about on the homestead! Being ahead of the game will be a huge time and sanity saver.