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Losing Chickens To Predators

Over the past couple of weeks I have lost several chickens to predators. Several of them have gone missing, with just a few feathers in the chicken yard. From the trail of feathers, something drug the chicken from the chicken house.

It is not a chicken hawk, because there is no body. Chicken hawks do not eat the bones.

A trail camera in the chicken yard showed a couple of raccoons and an opossum.

Opossums will not drag a chicken off. It will eat the chicken in the chicken house. Continue Reading….

So Called Preppers Are Going To Starve

If there is ever a real SHTF / TEOTWAWKI event, a large number of so called preppers are going to starve or die from dysentery. Proof to back up that statement?  Just look at the popular prepping related videos on youtube, or look at what forum sections get the most traffic. The most popular type of video on youtube is gun and tactical videos.  It is not gardening, it is not chickens or other livestock.  the most popular types of videos are running and gunning videos. You can not eat bullets, plate carriers, chest rigs, knives, or anything else that fuels the fantasy of a tacti-cool SHTF event. Continue Reading….

Millenials Lack Survival Skills

There is a thread in the survival forum about how Millenials Lack Survival Skills. The opening post links to a page on Foxnews, which links to another page and so on. None of the linked pages outside the forum offer very much information, so I thought I would write my own thoughts on the topic. Removed From The Farm G.I. Generation, people born around the 1920s, lived in rural America. They lived in a time when people had a garden, canned the food they grew, had chicken, guineas, cows, horses… etc. The men from the G.I. Generation served in World War II or Korea. They came back from war, then used their GI Bill to go to college. A lot of them moved away from Continue Reading….

Mountain house extends life of pouches

Mountain House recently extended the life of their pouches to 30 years, instead of 7 years.   This is supposed to be retroactive to existing pouches produced before the date change. How I found about about the date change, I posted a video on youtube called Stockpiling mountain house #10 cans and pouches. Someone posted a comment saying “Your way out of date regarding the life of the pouches.” So I started a thread on the forum – When did mountain house pouches go to 30 years. Someone from Mountain House replied with the following quote. Hi Kev, We’ve been using O2 absorbers in all of our non-novelty products for over a decade, including our Pro-Paks. It was before the early naughties that the pouches Continue Reading….

Stockpiling antibacterial soap

Are you stockpiling antibacterial soap? If you answered yes, stop buying antibacterial soap and buy regular soap instead . Seems antibacterial has not been proven to be more effective than regular soap at preventing the spread of germs. In 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested antibacterial soap manufacturers prove soap marketed as “antibacterial” was more effective than regular soap.  As of 2016 nothing has been proven. Full FDA write up – Antibacterial Soap? You Can Skip It. From the FDA website: “Following simple handwashing practices is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of many types of infection and illness at home, at school and elsewhere,” says Theresa M. Michele, MD, of the FDA’s Division of Nonprescription Drug Products. “We can’t Continue Reading….

The Gray Man Concept

The concept of the gray man is to blend in.  This person can disappear into the crowd and never be noticed. For all points and purposes, shouldn’t preppers / survivalist be practicing gray man on an everyday basis?  As stated in another post, tacticool has no place in prepping. At all times we should blend in. Sometimes we need to be reminded on some of the simple things. Some of the ways I practice “gray man”. Pants.  In rural areas such as where I live  pants are levis, wranglers or some kind of blue jean. Cities and suburbs maybe khakis or slacks. I stay away from “tactical” looking cargo pants. Keep it simple and basic.  I do not own a pair of slacks.  Rarely, and Continue Reading….

Abandoned hunting camps

All across the nation, tucked away in the wilderness are hunting camps.  Often referred to as deer camps, these are usually simple wood framed buildings, may have a propane stove and propane refrigerator, a wood stove, a room with beds, or in the case below a single room with a couple of bed frames.  The beds are for people who do not want to sleep in a tent, do not want to get a hotel room in a nearby town or do not have an RV. Electricity for the deer camp is usually by way of a generator.  Water is usually pumped from a nearby stream or creek and stored in a raised tank.  The camp might have a septic system and the toilet uses Continue Reading….

Developing self-sustainable farm more difficult than expected

When I moved to the farm almost 3 years ago I thought this was going to be easy.  Build a nice chicken yard, build a chicken house, plant some fruit trees, and things will be off and running.  Then I can work on the pole barn, barn, and fence in a few acres for goats and cattle. Lets just say things have not been going as planned. Fruit trees have been a failure Either from disease, drought, drowned from too much rain,,,, whatever the reason, my fruit tree project has not gone anywhere near as expected. A plum tree my kids and I planted several years ago died.  A second plum tree is not doing anything.  It is not even hardly growing. Peach trees are Continue Reading….

Tacticool has no place in prepping

While visiting various AR-15 forums and other firearms forums, I see a common trend that only the best is good enough.  Only the best AR-15 is good enough, everything else is junk.  Only the very best magazines are good enough, everything else is junk.  Only the very best ammunition is good enough, everything else is junk.  Only the very best optic is good enough, everything else is junk. When prepping for a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI event, do you apply that same philosophy to all aspects of your preps? Do you have the best tiller? Do you research the parts used to make that tiller, the manufacturing process, the heat treating, the hardness of various metals, what about stress test on parts used to Continue Reading….

Thoughts on a micro-bug out bag

While working on my fighting load carrier (FLC) and thinking about an overnight kit that would fit in a fanny pack, I started thinking about a micro bug out bag.  The idea for a micro-bug out bag came as I was thinking about a short range recon bag, basically a butt pack or fanny pack. I live in a rural area. I was thinking about something I could grab and go walking in the woods with and it would contain basic items for an overnight stay.  Then I started thinking, why couldn’t someone in a city use this to walk out of the city and to a suburban or rural area? Right now my fighting load carry (FLC) has: 2 triple military surplus magazine pouches Continue Reading….

Thoughts on mass transportation after shtf

Transporting goods and services during a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation has been on my mind for awhile. In big cities people use large SUVs and trucks as a status symbol. 300+ horsepower, 4 wheel drive, gas guzzler, but has never pulled a trailer or been off the pavement. In urban areas nearby rural areas, and in rural areas people “use” their SUVs and trucks. Yesterday evening (February 25, 2016) Jasper Texas was packed with trucks and bass boats. The weather this weekend is going to be nice so people are going to the lake. There are thousands of people all across the nation who live just a couple of hours from rural locations. Those people venture out of the city to go hunting, Continue Reading….

Trespassers at the bug out location

A few days ago I was walking along the creek that is the property line between my land and the timber company land. Not only does the timber company grow timber on their land, they also lease the land out to hunters. It is not unusual to see an influx of urban dwellers into rural areas starting a couple of months before hunting season. Most of the people who lease property in rural areas are good people. They just want to get out of the city, do some hunting, get a deer or hog and pass the tradition of hunting to the next generation. With hunters there is an unspoken code of respect. You do not touch my trail cameras, stands and feeders and I Continue Reading….

Chickens are their own worst enemy

Chickens would be great farm animals for SHTF if they were not so stupid.  The honest truth is they will find a way to get themselves killed. Build them a nice cage and they will find a way to get out. They will wander away from the flock and get killed. They will stay out to dusk, right when coyotes start looking for an easy meal. They will spill their water. They will crap in their food and water. They will crap in laying boxes. They will roost in high places so if they fall at night they will be hurt. They will eat stuff that makes them sick – free ranging eating weeds, rocks, pieces of glass, etc. They will free range out in Continue Reading….

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