Getting Over Your Homesteading Mistakes

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If you've read any of my past posts you know I make mistakes. ALL THE TIME. I think mistakes come with the territory of jumping out there and doing new things. I love research, and learning everything I can about gardening ideas, animals I hope to raise, and putting in new homestead infrastructure. I mean, I started a book club just for doing more research for crying out loud!

You would think in all that research I would have learned to cover the dang chicken run. In my defense, Ohio didn't have snow last year.

You would think in all that research I would have learned to cover the dang chicken run. In my defense, Ohio didn't have snow last year.

I also love to wing it. Let's face it, there are only so many hours in the day, so sometimes when you want to try something new you just have to do it. When I'm winging it I always expect to make a few extra mistakes while I get my bearings and experiment with what works or what doesn't. I find discovering that for yourself is so rewarding. I winged it a lot with my garden last year. 

This is what happens when you wing it in a garden. Bouquet of weeds.

This is what happens when you wing it in a garden. Bouquet of weeds.

I don't wing it when it comes to raising animals. Taking care of living, breathing, feeling creatures is a responsibility I take seriously. Making a mistake with their care can mean the difference between providing the animal a happy fulfilling life, or causing great pain. 

Which was why I was so devastated when I discovered my hens have frostbite on their combs. 

The selfie I discovered the frostbite in. How did I miss that during regular chicken care duties?!

The selfie I discovered the frostbite in. How did I miss that during regular chicken care duties?!

How did I let this happen?

I must be the worst chicken keeper in the history of ever.

Clearly I'm not responsible enough for this.

I'm a terrible homesteader.

I beat myself up for a few days, but none of that is true.

If you have animals in your care that have been injured, become sick, or are killed by predators, don't beat yourself up. While we take as many precautions as is feasible to prevent all the bad, sometimes stuff happens.

I was a little nervous to share this horrible mistake I've made with the internet. I mean, there was going to be at least one person that called me a monster, and I was going to cry when that happened. Here's a link to the post. No one called me a monster. I told everyone I wasn't perfect, and others shared they had been struggling with my same issue! 

You are also not alone in your mistake. 

I started blogging because I want to share how we're going about it, and inspire that one person that just needs a little encouragement to take the leap as well. I also wanted to find a community of other "homestead minded people" to share my eggcitement, joys, laughs, and inevitable sorrows. If you are looking for a community and haven't found it yet, join me on Instagram and Facebook. I'll be your community until you get to know all of my new friends and build yours as well. Nothing helps ease a burden more than sharing it with others who can empathize. 

Join us. We have fun, and chickens. We'll also help you shake that guilt off.

Join us. We have fun, and chickens. We'll also help you shake that guilt off.

I'll share more in the next post about how this wasn't the end of the world like I thought, and some tips for preventing frostbite and healing it when it does happen. This post is just about getting you to stop brooding on your mistake. It can be anything, and I promise you aren't alone. Would you share with me in the comments what mistake you've made lately that you can't shake off? I bet we can all learn a little from it, and you'll get some kind words from others who have been there.

Until next time, cheers!

Bev

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