DISCOURAGED: getting back up after you’re knocked down


DISCOURAGED: getting back up after you’re knocked down

EVERYONE has those days…or weeks.

That favourite buck gets sick. A promising junior decides to die. A doe doesn’t take…or cannibalize her babies.

You’re not alone.

Every. Single. Breeder has troubles.

No matter how long they have been raising rabbits, no matter how much experience they have.

I was once told, “If you have livestock, you’ll have deadstock.” Not exactly encouraging but so true.

It can be so hard to get back up…especially when the enjoyment and fulfillment have simply drained out of it, and are replaced with despair.

How do you carry on?

discouraged: getting up when you're down

Never give up

Never, ever give up. It can be so tempting to but don’t give in. Stick it out, do the grunt work, have a good cry.

And carry on.

When your does don’t take for months on end, don’t give up on trying.

When your favourite junior dies, cry, bury him, and try again. Repeat the breeding. Remember there are more litters coming.

Have some faith in yourself

You can do it! You will figure it out.

I’ve gone through times with my buns when I felt like nothing was going right. Like I was incompetent, and nothing would ever be right again. (Major lie! Watch out for these. See next point.)

Surround yourself with people who will encourage you! Friends who will not let you believe the lies you’re telling yourself. People who will tell you the truth, pass on wisdom about what you’re struggling with, and stick with you through it.

Because time moves on and things will improve. Really and truly.

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Don’t repeat lies to yourself

“I can’t do this.”

“I’m not good enough. I don’t know enough.”

“Maybe I should just quit.”

“Why do I have all this trouble? And no one else?”


Just stop.

You ARE good enough. You CAN do this! Do not believe these lies and don’t repeat them to yourself. Instead, speak the truth.

It’s dangerous to believe those lies.

Don’t discount yourself

You DO have the knowledge to do this. And you are always learning. Even breeders with 30 and 40 years of experience are still learning!

Don’t brush off what you know. But don’t get prideful either. Both are detrimental. Finding that balance can be tricky, but ‘being humble and kind’ goes a long way.

DISCOURAGED: getting back up after you're knocked down

Find JOY in what you do

If you no longer enjoy going out to do chores…you have too many rabbits. (exception: a Canadian winter. When there’s like 10ft of snow, it’s windy, cold and miserable. THEN there’s like no way to be happy about going outside 😉 ) Back on topic:


I used to have a LOT more rabbits, and a couple more breeds.

But, I realized that I no longer enjoyed doing chores, checking on juniors and that I didn’t enjoy the other breeds I had.

So, I downsized. Majorly. And I am so glad I did!

I can spend more time with my rabbits, take better care of them, and not feel like I have to rush through chores just to get them done on time.

That was several years ago and I have never regretted it.

A bonus of downsizing is that I have to be way pickier about retaining juniors. I believe my herd has improved faster with fewer rabbits than it would have with more rabbits.

Most of all, don’t judge others*

You don’t know what they are going through, and bashing other breeders is what will wreak havoc on the rabbit world. Extend grace.

Kindness goes a long way and you never know how you helped the other person by being kind to them.

*I don’t condone bad breeders with this point and do think that quietly sharing thoughts/info in an appropriate manner can be helpful at certain times. Common sense applies.

DISCOURAGED: getting back up after you're knocked down

What discourages you?

How do you feel about sharing your struggles with other breeders?

I would love to hear your thoughts! Either comment below or feel free to send me an email.

Encouraging you,


DISCOURAGED: getting back up after you’re knocked down

4 thoughts on “DISCOURAGED: getting back up after you’re knocked down

    1. Hi Marisa,
      So glad to hear you enjoyed it! Definitely planning on keeping it up 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement 🙂

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