What preppers do on the weekend

Wire on end of chicken coop runWhat do preppers do with their spare time? Unless you are some kind of radical survivalist, we do not live in bunkers, nor do we hide in our homes in fear of a zombie invasion. For the most part, preppers (aka survivalist) are just like everyone else.  Survivalism / Prepping is a way of life.  While some people collect stamps, we check our food stocks.  While some people collect coins for fun and profit, we collect silver and gold as a hedge against inflation.

Friday, May 18 was a day to relax after the work week.  Friday evening is when my wife and I talk about what we need to do over the weekend.

Saturday, May 19 my wife and I like to get up early and get our shopping done.  Breakfast is either a fried egg sandwich with bacon or sausage on the side, or something quick in the microwave.  Regardless of what is fixed for breakfast, I like to have either strawberries or a banana on the side.   I feel that its important to start the day off with something like yogurt, or some kind of fruit along with my main breakfast.

To wash breakfast down, I usually have a low carb energy drink, such as a rock star or monster.

After breakfast, my wife and I head to town to take care of the shopping.  We like to get to get an early start before the stores get too crowded, and before the heat of the day sets in.

Part of the shopping list was put together a week beforehand.  Over the past week I took inventory.  What did I need to buy, what did I not need to buy?  For Saturday I decided to pick up a box of Remington Core-Lokt in 308 Winchester  150 grain.  My 30-30 stocks are just about where I want them to be.  As usual the local Wal-mart was sold out of American Eagle in 223.  the closer we get to hunting season, the more difficult it is to find ammunition.  I like to buy my hunting ammo during the summer so when hunting season arrives I am ready to go.

Our saturday morning shopping list

  • Stuff for chicken spaghetti
  • Boneless chicken thighs
  • Box of 308 Winchester
  • Eggs – hopefully the chickens will start laying soon
  • We tried to buy some pickles there were on sale, but wal-mart was sold out
  • Looked at a 20 pound propane adapter for a propane stove
  • Bananas and Strawberries
  • Pack of ribeye steaks for our steak and salad sunday
  • And a few other items

From Wal-mart is was to the local Lowes store to pick a spool of black plastic wire that looks like chicken wire.  This is my first experience with this plastic wire, so we will have to see how it works out.

When my wife and I built the run on the chicken coop, I did not buy the right size wire.  So we ran out of wire before the end of the coop could be covered.  To keep the chickens inside the run, a tarp was put over the end of the coop and zip tied in place.

After leaving Wal-mart and Lowes, my wife and I went by Sonic for a cheeseburger and a drink.  I got a medium coke and tots with my burger.  My wife got a large diet coke and onion rings to go with her burger.  The burger was a sonic #1 with cheese, mayo and no onions.

For dinner saturday evening we had chicken spaghetti with corn on the side and squash casserole.  My mom and dad gave us some squash and zucchini out of their garden.  For the squash casserole my wife used the squash and zucchini that mom and dad have gave us.

My saturday evening was spent writing an article – Books for a survivalist library.  While taking breaks from writing, I played several games of Left 4 Dead 2.

To be honest, I love a good game of Left 4 Dead 2.  If you have a steam account, join the SurvivalistBoards Steam Community.

Sunday, May 20 started off with a fried egg sandwich with pan sausage, bacon and strawberries on the side.

Fenced in chicken runThe plastic wire my wife and I bought saturday morning was installed on the end of the chicken coop run.  I used 3/4 inch staples to secure the wire to the 2×4 baseboard, and zip ties to secure the wire to the PVC arch.

There is a gap at the top of the arch where the run meets to coop.  To close that crack, my wife and I wrapped the wire over the arch, secured with 3/4 galvanized staples on the baseboards and zip ties on the arches.

The tarp looked kinda tacky on the end of the run, but the tarp did provide a service.  The tarp provided shade for the chickens at the end of the run.

During the heat of the day the chickens seem to stay in the shade.  With shade being only under the coop, the chickens are bunched together.  I think I might fold the tarp in half and wrap it over the end of the run.  This way some chickens can be in the shade at both ends of the run – under the coop and under the tarp.

Steak and salad sundaysFor lunch my wife and I fired up the grill and cooked some ribeye steaks.  This is what we call our “Steak and Salad Sundays”, aka SSS, aka triple S.

My wife and I have no children at home, so most of the time its just us.  Over the past few weeks we decided to do a Steak and Salad Sunday.  We pick a steak up saturday morning, marinate the steak overnight, and cook it sunday evening.  After working for over 25 years and raising our kids, we deserve some time just for ourselves.

What did we learn this weekend?

Chickens are too lazy to go into the coop to get their water.  Rarely, and I mean rarely would the chickens go into the coop to get some water during the heat of the day.  I figured they were not getting enough to drink, so I moved their 3 gallon waterer from the coop to the run.  With a waterer in the run, the chickens are drinking water all the time.  With the 3 gallon waterer in the run, that leaves a single 1 gallon waterer in the coop.  I might have to buy another waterer for the coop.

I do not let the chickens out of the coop all day long.  They stay in the coop until my wife and I get home from work in the evening, at which time I open the door so the chickens can get into the run.

On the weekends the chickens are closed up at night, and let into the run first thing in the morning.

While I was talking to my wife about the propane adapter, she asked me to look online to see what I could find.  My project over the next week, and before next weekend is to find out what kind of adapters are on the market.

The adapter allows you to connect a coleman stove to a 20 pound propane bottle.  My wife and I keep two 20 pound propane bottles for crawfish boils.  So why not use those 20 pound bottles when the power goes out?  I have a small stockpile of 1 pound propane bottles.  Instead of stockpiling a bunch of 1 pound bottles, why not get a couple of 20 pound bottles?

Next weekend

Maybe pick up another waterer for the chicken coop, buy a 50 pound bag of chicken feed, buy a bag of hen scratch, clean out the shed and buy that 20 pound propane adapter.

Currently my wife and I keep a single 50 pound bag of chicken feed.  The shed is such a clutter that there is no room for 2 metal garbage cans to keep the chicken feed in.  Next weekend (May 25, 26 and 27) is a three day weekend due to Memorial day.

What I would like to do, is have two 50 pound bags of chicken feed – one opened and one in reserve.  As soon as the second bag is opened, my wife and I will buy a replacement bag.  This means we have at the very least 50 pounds of feed, and at the very most 100 pounds.

Then there is the hen scratch.  I would like to have a metal garbage can with a bag of hen scratch in it as a treat for the chickens.

I need to clean the shed out so that everything can be organized and the three metal garbage cans setup.  Metal cans need to be used to prevent rodents from chewing through to get to the chicken feed.

What do you do on the weekends?  Do you have something you wish to add to the article?