Entries for January, 2013

Stay Focused On The Imporatant Things

There is so much stuff going through my head it’s difficult to stay focused.  There is the new gun ban being introduced by Dianne Feinstein, ammunition shortages, magazines shortages, Iran advancing its nuclear program, tension between the US and China increasing, and then there are the ever present tensions in the middle east.Kevin Felts, Blogger and Survivalist

A couple of days ago AIM surplus got a some DS Arms FN/FAL magazines in stock. They were $17.95 each, and I was seriously considering ordering some. Think about this, the gate I want for my chicken yard is $79.99 from Tractor Supply. For the price of 4 FN/FAL magazines plus shipping would have paid for the gate.

Which is more important, having extra FN/FAL magazines, or having a gate for the chicken yard? My wife and I get eggs from our chickens everyday. Will I be using my FN/FAL everyday? Its highly doubtful.

Walmart here in Jasper Texas got a shipment of 9mm in. Which is more important, buying an extra box of 9mm, or buying some T-post?

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2013 Chicken Community Count

For you forum members out there, lets do a running total of how many chickens we have as a community.

I have 13 chickens at this time.

4 – Rhode Island Reds
2 – Silver Laced Wyandotte
2 – Barred Rocks
2 – Australorps
2 – Black Jersey Giants
1 – Speckled Sussex

Next poster add your chickens to my 13, post the total, next poster add your chickens to the total before yours.

Lets make this a year long project. If you add chickens to your flock, add them to the running total.

If any of your chickens die, subtract them from the running total.

Forum Thread – 2013 chicken count thread

US Economy Shrank 0.1 Percent In Last Quarter 2012

Surprise, surprise, surprise, the US economy shrank 0.1% in the last quarter of 2012. That 0.1% may not seem like a lot, but the real story its much worse then 0.1%.

Take these factors into consideration:

The economy shrank during the biggest spending time of the year – Thanksgiving and Christmas. If the economy shrank during Christmas, that says people do not have expendable income.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

The economy shrank during one of the biggest panic buying phases in the firearms industry since the 1994 assault rifle ban.

Not only were people spending money on Christmas, but they were also buying all the guns, ammunition and magazines they could get their hands on,,,, and the economy still shrank.

One thing that caused a slowdown in the economy was a reduction in military spending.  The question I have to ask, why does government spending play such an important roll in the economy?  Maybe the government does not want the people to know how bad the economy really is?

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I Believed The Lie

This is another one of my welding sucks articles. If you do not want to read about how bad it is to work in a fabrication shop in southeast Texas, just move along.

When I was growing up I was told that if you did a good job, your efforts would be recognized and you would be rewarded for your hard work.

I now know that is a lie.

The lie of “work hard in the hopes your employer gives you a raise” is a wage slave mentality. By working hard you set aside your own standards and adopt the standards someone else has set for you. Do you want to live life the way you want, or the way someone else wants?

“If I weld that nozzle and don’t bust an x-ray, then I will get a raise”,,, is a slave mindset. If I just do this, or if I just do that, then the owner of the company will be happy, and I will get some scraps from his table. Sounds more like the life of a dog rather then the life of a free man.

When I was working in the various welding shops around southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana, I would look at my pay check in disgust. I busted my ass, did a good job, and was rewarded with barely above poverty wages on 40 hours a week. How is someone supposed to buy a home, buy a car, have kids,,, on less then $25k a year? To listen to the weld shop owners, the employees should be proud to work in dangerous and dirty conditions of barely above poverty wages.

What I regret most about my career is:

1 – Believing the lie

2 – Going into the welding field

3 – Staying in the welding field

My first job at a welding shop was in 1986.  It took me from 1986 – 1995 to finally admit that welding sucked and I needed to get a new career path.  In 1995 I started going to Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas.

Now that I am out of the welding field I am free to express my frustration without the worry of getting blackballed.

I was once told that if an employee spoke up, the various welding companies would agree not to hire him, thus condemning the worker and his family to poverty.  Or, the worker would be forced out of the welding field.

Nobody had to force me out of working in welding shops, I left upon my own free will.  I was glad to leave and hopefully never look back.  The only time I look back is when I write these articles and have to pull up some old memories.

Brownells Pmag Backorder Problem

Seems Hitler is pissed about Brownells PMAG backorder problem. At 30 seconds into the video, its said Brownells shipped pmags to some guy on AR15 forum who ordered his the week before. I do not know if this is true or not, its just what the video says.

I ordered my PMAGS from Brownells on December 19, 2012. As of January 29, 2013 they still have not shipped.

I also have a PMAG order in at LaRue Tactical, placed on the same day as the Brownells order, and the LaRue Tactical order has not shipped yet either.

After all of this panic buying does down this should make for some interesting topics of conversation.

January 28 1986

It is funny how I remember certain things as if they were yesterday, and then it seems like who years are missing from my memory.

January 28, 1986 is a day I remember quite well.

On January 28, 1986 I skipped school with Bryan, Eric, and my brother. We found out later that day the space shuttle had blown up.

If I remember right, Bryans truck had a flat tire as we were going through burger king for breakfast that morning. We agreed a flat tire was a good reason to skip school.

What did we do with our free time? We ended up shooting pine cones out of trees with 22 rifles for a couple of hours. I bought my Ruger 10/22 the day I turned 18 years old – January 17, 1986. I was itching to take my new rifle out and shoot something, so why not shoot pine cones?

After we got tired of shooting pine cones, we went to Erics house to watch TV. It was at this time we saw the news that the space shuttle had blown up.

Eric was upset because he changed the TV channel and his moms soap opera did not record on the VCR.  Maybe “upset” is not the best word to describe the situation.  Eric was on the edge of being in tears.  He was worried his mother was going to beat him when she found out he skipped school.

Fate Of The US 2013 2020

There is an interesting article on Pravda that talks about how China is going to surpass the US in production, china is dumping the US dollar in favor of rare metals and the Euro.

The question we should be asking ourselves, are the wall street bankers going to go down easily, or are they going to put up a fight?

Meaning, before the world can shift away from the US dollar and adopts the yuan as the world standard currency, will the US and china go to war? Could we imagine the horror if wall street no longer mattered? As china becomes an economic powerhouse and a world leader, where does this put the US banking system?Kevin Felts blogger and survivalist

The only thing that can save wall streets strangle hold on the economy, is to bring china down.

Economic War

As long as we have free trade with china, there is no hope of the US economy recovering, ever.  As the workers in china demand more money and wages go up, companies will move to the lowest bidder, which is probably going to be Africa.

But, because the economy and the currency in china is controlled by the government, and not by the banks, the government can tilt the playing field in their favor.

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Can The Republicans Win In 2016

Lets be honest, the democratic party played their cards rather well. The party rallied enough special interest groups to get obama elected the first time, and then reelected.

Will the Republicans be able to win in 2016 or 2020? Until there is a change of leadership in the Republican party, I think they have no chance of winning the white house in the near future.

There are too many special interest groups who vote their interest, rather then voting for the best interest of the nation. The democratic party has appealed to those groups to win their vote.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

If we had a candidate that said he was going to end free trade and put people back to work, the career welfare group would be scared to death. There is no way people drawing welfare are going to vote to end those benefits.

The same thing goes for illegal immigration, gays,,,, and all other special interest groups who have formed voting blocs.

The republicans stance on protecting the rich from higher taxes have alienated the middle class.

The republicans stance on immigration, abortion and gay rights have alienated the party from those voting blocs.

The republican party has become the party of old rich white men. Its just a matter of time before they die and are replaced.

In all honesty, regardless of which of the two major parties are in power, things will not change. If we want to change the nation, we have to change the way we vote.

Is there “really” that much of a difference between what bush did while president and what obama has done? At least bush did not go around killing US citizens with drone attacks.

Bush may have signed the patriot act, but obama signed the NDAA.

On the topic of illegal immigration, republicans saw illegal workers as low wage slaves. Over the past 30 years those low wage slaves had children in the US, and have formed voting blocs. And now, that Hispanic voting bloc has helped kick the republicans out of office.

The greed of the republicans will be their downfall.

Random Thoughts January 27 2013

The nation is screwed, and I mean royally screwed.

National Debt

The government is so far into debt, there is no way future generations can pay off the debt. As of the posting of this article the US Government is $16.4 trillion in debt. With credit card debt and student loan debt, we owe more like $58 trillion.Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

We are throwing millions of dollars to illegal immigrants. Between 2009 and 2011 we spent around $91 million on health care for illegal immigrants.

Social Security disability is expected to go bankrupt by 2016.

Congress is looking for ways to allow millions of illegal immigrants to become citizens.

If the nation is broke, how are we supposed to bankroll millions of new people collecting benefits?

Kidney stones suck

We were supposed to go to the homestead this weekend.  But on friday I started having pains so bad I had to take some Vicodin – which I have a prescription for.  The stupid stone did not pass over the weekend.

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Cheap Chicken Leg Bands

Leg bands allow the flock owner to mark certain chickens for easy identification. The problem with metal bands, a tool is needed to put them on and take them off, and the bands may not be widely available.

Instead of using metal bands, why not use cable ties?

Cable ties can be found at just about any hardware store. To put the cable tie on all you need is a pair of wire cutters to cut the slack off.

Leave enough slack so the cable tie will not cut off the circulation.

If you want to keep track of the chickens age, then use different colors:

Black for 2013

White for 2014

Yellow for 2015

,,, and so on.

Use red to mark chickens that have bad habits that you may want to cull.

Designing A Chicken Coop Pole Barn

Some people build coops with either a wooden floor, or pour a cement slab.  Due to the cost of having a wooden floor and the cost of pouring cement, I am going with a bare earth floor.  Also, a bare earth floor is natural to the chickens.  This is the way chickens have been raised for thousands of years.  My option is to either build a pole barn, or build a leanto chicken coop.  At the current time I am leaning towards a pole barn.

Issues that need to be addressed:  Square footage, security, food, water, lighting and laying boxes.

Square Footage – Its recommended that each chicken have at least 3 square feet inside the coop.  For example, 30 chickens multiplied by 3 square feet equals 90 square feet.Chicken coop pole barn design

In another article we discussed how many chickens are needed for SHTF.  In that article we talked about having as many as 60 – 80 laying hens.  Lets go with a high number of 80 chickens.  80 X 3 = 240 square feet.

Keep in mind 3 square feet is a bare minimum.  The more space chickens have, the better.  When chickens are packed together, they get bored and will start fighting and pecking each other.

The pole barn I am looking at building provides 192 square feet, which is 12 feet wide and 16 feet long.

The local building supply stores sell metal roofing in 8 and 12 foot long sections.  Two pieces 12 feet long will be enough to do one end.  Four pieces 8 feet long will be enough to do one side. This way the metal does not have to be cut to size and there is no scrap material left over.

192 square feet divided by 3 = 64 chickens.

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Is Hunting Worth It

There used to be a time when leasing land was cheap, or at least affordable.

There used to be a time when hunters were left at their own discretion with size limits.  Coyotes, wolves and mountain lions are not held to size limits, so why are human hunters held to a size limit?

Which one harms the deer population more, timber companies stripping the land, or shooting a small deer?Kevin Felts, blogger and survivalist

While at the deer camp this evening I was told a story of a lady who shot a deer with a 12.5 inch inside spread.  She was not sure about the law, so she called the game warden.  When the game warden arrived, he wrote her a $750 ticket, and the lady was charged a $750 replacement surcharge.  Since when is a 1/2 inch worth $1,500?  I guess when the state of Texas says so.

Take your pick:

Option A – shoot a deer that is not quit the legal limit, and risk getting a $1,500 ticket if you take it to the butcher.

Option B – shoot a deer that is not quit the legal limit, and leave it in the woods for the buzzards, maggots, other scavengers and get to keep your money.

To me, no deer is worth $1,500.  But the state of Texas seems to think they are worth that much.

There is an interesting article on Fox News about excessive laws on fishing and hunting.

What it boils down to is the states want to milk as much money as they can from sportsmen.

With the cost of hunting leases and the cost of public hunting permits going up, I do not know if hunting is worth it anymore.  The hunting lease I am on cost around $1,000 a year.  That $1k could be better spent elsewhere, such as property taxes. I think I will keep that $1,000 and the cost of a hunting license and raise my own pigs.

Why should we teach our children how to hunt, when the state wants to milk sportsmen for every penny they can get?

Australorp For Your Backyard Chicken Flock

Why should you consider the Australorp for your backyard chicken flock?

Tolerate heat well – they were developed in Australia in the late 1800s.

High egg production – in 1922-23 a team of six Australorp hens set a world record of 1857 eggs at an average of 309.5 eggs per hen for a 365 consecutive day trial (from wikipedia). Australorps also hold the world record for egg production. In trapnest testing, a Australorp hen laid 364 eggs in 365 days.Australorp in laying box

A trapnest is a nesting box that closes after a hen has entered the laying box.  This traps the hen and allows inspection and marking of the egg to a specific hen.  If a hen is eating eggs, a trapnest allows the farmer to know which hen is eating the egg, as the hen will be trapped in the laying box with the egg.

Heritage Chicken – This is something that we need to pay attention to, or at least take into consideration.

According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, the definition of a heritage chicken is as follows:

APA Standard Breed – Breeds recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) prior to the mid-20th century.

Naturally mating – let nature takes it course.

Long, productive outdoor lifespan

Slow growth rate – You may be asking “why do you want your chickens to grow slow?”  Chickens that are bred for meat production put on weight faster then their legs can keep up.  As a result, certain breeds of meat chickens may become lame and not able to walk.  Certain breeds of meat chickens do not tolerate heat well.  The chicks have to be bought in early spring and butchered before the summer heat kicks in.

The slow growth rate is for the chickens growth to match the rate the legs, bones and muscles to develop.

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Chicken Coop From Metal Desk

When I first started watching this video, I thought it was just another “here is my chicken coop” video. Then she walked around and showed what the coop is made out of. Its a metal desk that can be found just about anywhere.

Not only is she wearing that cute beany hat, not only does he have a nice figure and long hair, she has a pretty awesome chicken coop.

This is a good example of how someone in an urban setting could improvise a chicken coop post-collapse.

Some of the issues facing urban survivalist are food and water. A few good laying hens such as the Australorp will provide a small family with a good source of protein and fats.

What would we need for this project? Metal desk, wire, hinges, pop-rivets, tin and a couple of rocks (for sloped roof), angle iron or wood to build back door out of, legs to get desk off ground, some kind of bow for hens to lay eggs in, something for a roost.

Reflex Mag Pouch

I saw this on youtube and thought my readers might be interested.

Its called the Reflex Magazine Pouch. when you pull out a magazine, the one behind it moves up. the magazines are held offset so its easy to grab the magazines, even with gloves on.