As a survivalist, prepping / survivalism should NOT be a hobby, it is a way of life. What good does it do if you stockpile food, stockpile survival gear, but never practice or test your preps. If you incorporate survivalism into your lifestyle, you will always be testing, planning and looking for ways to improve.
While looking across my backyard this weekend, I realized that part of my preps were not only in the backyard, but how they were part of my life. The three preps I saw were the chicken coop, boat and barbecue pit.
Think about that for a minute, the chicken coop and the boat are a source of food. The pit provides a way to cook and smoke meat.
Some people raise chickens for fun, some raise them to know where their eggs and meat came from. Survivalist keep chickens so our families can have a source of food and protein during a long term SHTF survival situation. That is how we look at things. Survivalism is not a hobby, its not something we do on the weekends, its a way of life.
Video about cooking some mac and cheese that had been stored in a mylar bag for 1 year.
Some people look at trotline string and think “its trotline string”. To a survivalist, that trotline string is a way to fish during a SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation.
Some preppers jump on the prepping bandwagon after doomsday Preppers, or they see something on the news that flicks a switch. They may stockpile some food and water, read through the forums, but after a few months they lose interest. If you want to take prepping seriously, make it part of your lifestyle.
The key to long term prepping – not prepping for the long term, but long term prepping – is to change your way of thinking on survivalism. When you look at something, think about ways to incorporate that item into your survival plans.
For example, every spring the local feed and fertilizer stores start getting their seeds in. Make a trip to your locally owned farm supply stores, talk to the people who work at the store, buy some seeds and create a seed stockpile. To some people seeds are for your garden, to survivalist, seeds are for your SHTF garden.
Did we get a little off topic? If we did get off topic, that’s ok, because this article is about ideas, and the sharing of ideas.
Raising Chickens For SHTF
Chickens are probably the best livestock you can have for SHTF / TEOTWAWKI.
Hard-boiled chicken egg nutritional value from wikipedia
Fat 10.6 g
Protein 12.6 g
Vitamin A equiv. 140 μg (18%)
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.066 mg (6%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.5 mg (42%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 1.4 mg (28%)
Folate (vit. B9) 44 μg (11%)
Vitamin B12 1.11 μg (46%)
Choline 225 mg (46%)
Vitamin D 87 IU (15%)
Vitamin E 1.03 mg (7%)
Calcium 50 mg (5%)
Iron 1.2 mg (9%)
Magnesium 10 mg (3%)
Phosphorus 172 mg (25%)
Potassium 126 mg (3%)
Zinc 1.0 mg (11%)
From the above list we see that eggs are a good source of all kinds of nutrients.
Lets say that you did not have eggs during a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation, how do you plan on replacing those nutrients? Maybe by gardening, fishing, foraging or maybe by hunting? All of those require some kind of effort and effort cost calories. What could be easier then going out to the chicken coop and collecting the eggs?
Fishing After SHTF
Fishing is probably the second best source of food during a long term SHTF survival situation. Mankind has eaten fish for probably tens of thousands of years. All you need is access to water with fish in it, and a way to catch the fish.
One of the drawbacks to fish, you have to have access to water to catch fish. Well, you could do some aquaponics like a buddy of mine, but you should have your aquaponics setup before some kind of long term SHTF situation happens. Good luck finding supplies and hardware for aquaponics after SHTF.
If you want to hunt or fish after SHTF, then you need a way to cook after SHTF.
There are number of options for cooking after SHTF, such as wood, propane, or solar ovens. with propane, sooner or later the propane is going to run out. This leaves solar and wood as a long term cooking solution.
Try to have your wood stockpile in place before SHTF. Good luck finding a running chainsaw, truck and trailer during a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation.
I try to keep a stockpile of wood at the Bug Out Location and at my home. After Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Rita passed through, I used wood to cook for the 2 weeks my family and I were without power.
Something that I clearly remember after Hurricane Ike and Rita, is how good a hot meal tasted and the effect it had on our group. After we returned home from the shelter, I fired up the pit and cooked a good hot meal for everyone. We had deer sausage, boneless ribs, pork chops and beans.
Even though we had no power, and had just been through a terrifying experience, a hot meal had a profound effect on moral. After eating a full meal everyone was ready for bed. Regardless of what we had been through the night before, a good hot meal seemed to smooth everything over.
Cooking after SHTF is more then just “cooking”, its about improving moral and keeping everyone in good cheer.