Over the past 2 days I have given away 2 dozen eggs. Some people might be saying “so what”? To give food away means that my wife and I have an excess food supply.
Think about that for a minute. My wife and I bought our first chicks February 25, 2012. In all we ended up with 13 chickens. The chickens started laying when they were around 5 months old. At close to 6 months old we are getting 6 – 7 eggs a day.
I see a lot of survivalist saying that if SHTF they are going to get some chickens, goats, maybe a couple of cows,,, the usual stuff. I see those types of planes as being unrealistic. You think you are going to be the only person looking for farming supplies and livestock after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI?
Lets say you have a buddy that knows a friend whos second cousin has a few chickens they are willing to trade for 1,000 rounds of 223 Remington. After some bartering the two of you finally agree on 500 rounds of 223 Remington and 500 rounds of 7.62×39 for 2 laying hens.
You get your hens home, now what? Where are you going to keep them at? Do you have an enclosed yard to keep your chickens in, do you have a coop? Or do you plan on keeping the hens in your garage? Hopefully you will be lucky enough to find some hens that are already laying. If not, you are going to have to wait several months for the chicks to grow and start laying.
Its not just livestock, what does your seed stockpile look like? Do you have tools to work the field? Do you have access to a tractor, tiller, hoes, rakes and manpower needed to get a field ready to plant?
Excess after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI
Once you have your food supply up and running, will you be able to produce more food then you need? Why is it important to grow more food then you need? Do you want to eat hand to mouth? keep in mind food makes an excellent barter item.
Remember that 500 rounds of 223 Remington and 500 rounds of 7.62×39 you traded for those chickens? Would you rather be the person with the chickens, or the person wanting the chickens?
The person that has more then they need has something to barter with.
At the start of this article I said in the past 2 days I have given away 2 dozen eggs. That 2 dozen eggs is more then my family can eat. Instead of opening a can of Mountain House freeze dried eggs, we go out to the chicken coop and get some fresh eggs.
6 month window
Lets say SHTF / TEOTWAWKI happens tonight, do you have at the very least 6 months of food stockpiled? Because that is what you are going to need before you can get your livestock and garden up and running.
Think about the window between your short term plans and your long term plans. You do have long term survival plans dont you?
A lot of people say that 2 weeks will be the true test of your survival plans. Grocery stores run out of food, power goes off, natural gas stops flowing, water stops flowing, people run out of food,,,.
I think that the test will be at the 4 and 6 month mark. Most people have a couple of weeks worth of food in their home.
Two weeks is when people will be driven from their homes in the search for food.
Fresh food after SHTF / TEOTWAWKI
One of the main issues with a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI survival situation will be access to fresh food.
4 – 6 months will probably be the dangerous times. This is when people will start taking measures they normally would not have.
Why is fresh food important? Because of the sodium content in freeze dried foods.
Mountain House #10 can – Scrambled eggs with bacon, 180 calories and 600mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House #10 can – Chili mac with beef, 240 calories and 660mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House #10 can – Spaghetti with meat and sauce, 230 calories and 920mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House #10 can – Noodles and chicken, 230 calories and 1000mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House #10 can – Beef stew, 210 calories and 850mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House #10 can – Chicken teriyaki with rice, 250 calories and 690mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House #10 can – Chicken a la king and noodles, 290 calories and 810mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House 7 year pouch – Pasta primavera, 440 calories and 1200mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House 7 year pouch – Chicken stew, 310 calories and 940mg of sodium per serving
Mountain House 7 year pouch – Scrambled eggs with bacon, 320 calories and 1060mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House 7 year pouch – Noodles and chicken, 270 calories and 1200mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House 7 year pouch – Mac & cheese, 470 calories and 1260mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House 7 year pouch – Turkey tetrazzini, 320 calories and 780mg of sodium per serving.
Mountain House 7 year pouch – – Rice & chicken, 560 calories and 2120mg of sodium per serving.
* All of the above listed nutrition information came from my personal stockpile of #10 cans and 7 year pouches. None of the above information was copied / pasted from other sites.
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About the author
Kevin Felts has been exposed to gardening and growing your own food for close to 40 years. My grandparents had a farm with a milk cow, chickens, turkeys, guineas, horse, and land to grow crops on.