My Number One Piece Of Homesteading Advice


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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.


Kendra
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A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.

9 Comments

  1. I laughed when I read this because when we had our first mini farm, my husband was so excited about getting animals he brought them home with no pens ready, no food, no fence, NOTHING! I could have cried because the house we had bought needed so much work, and we had agreed to get a portion done on the house before we ever thought about getting animals.I guess he just couldn’t help himself.We can laugh about it now, but at the time it wasn’t too funny. Please listen to this advice, but if one or the other of you won’t listen, show the other mercy and know that you will learn some hard lessons. Diana

  2. Good advice. Plus if you have children, train them ahead of time as much as is possible. If you have a dog, train the dog as much as is possible ahead of time. Both prove to be critical once the livestock arrive! Just as critical as stout fences, once you get into the thick of milking for instance.

    All success to you with your homesteading,
    Leslie

  3. No better piece of advice. Our very first chickens came from a fellow teacher who had lots and wanted to thin out her flock. She gave us one hen and one rooster. Since we didn’t have a coop built, the greenhouse was used and then because the hen went broody right away… we had our hands full in very short order. Well, I never got the green house back. I wasn’t very happy ’cause I had built that with great care and hope for a place to get my little garden plants started. O well… we have since built a coop out of an old camper frame and stuff repurposed from the dump. The green house got moved to our new land and is still intact. I’m excited for this coming year now that the chickens are out of my greenhouse!!!

    I don’t think I will ever be enticed to have goats. They are such great escape artists.

    Have a great day all….

  4. So true! We did it backwards with our chickens and it was often difficult when it shouldn’t have been. And if we went out of town, because it required extra work for animal caregivers, I had to pay them extra. This is why we haven’t acquired our goats yet. Waiting to have everything in place!

  5. Soooooo true!!!! Hard to do… we want the NOW!!! We are getting a new batch of chickens…. something got in to our coop and got the last batch. Today (BEFORE) the new chickens arrive we will be dre-inforcing the coop… whatever it takes it will be critter proof!!!!! We have had chickens 6 years and the chicken wire started rusting out… we didn’t take care of it right away and paid the price… YIKES!!! Lesson learned!

  6. That is excellent advice. It’s not always easy to wait when you are desperately wanting farm animals, but I agree life is so much easier – for you AND the animals! I’ve got 3 baby goats to pick up, but with all this snow, we can’t build the goat barn yet 🙁 Waiting is SO hard – but it will be worth it for all of us!

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