brown chicken

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[This article is part 5 of a series.  Begin with part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.] What breeds of chicken should you consider as you begin keeping Preparedness Chickens? As I mentioned before, chickens are typically classified as egg laying breeds, meat breeds, and dual-purpose breeds.


brown chicken

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[This is part 4 of a series.  Begin with part 1, part 2, and part 3] So, you’re going to start raising chickens!  Will you start with chicks, or grown hens? There are advantages (and disadvantages) of each.


chickens

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Keeping chickens is a wonderful way to supplement your food storage, and it seems like a great idea, but what does it actually take to raise chickens?  What do you need, and what will it cost?  This depends on several factors, but we will discuss them here, to give you an idea.


chicks

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Today we’ll talk about what you can expect from the experience of keeping chickens. Chickens belong to flocks.  You usually won’t want any fewer than 3 or 4 chickens.  When you buy chickens as chicks, they are usually just a couple days old.  If you buy them as hens, they may be several months old… Read more »


Chicks

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A couple years ago, when my husband and I were dating, we decided we wanted to get chickens. We both cared about the quality of our food, and it seemed like a fun project, so we decided to go to a local country feed store to buy some laying hens, and some chicken stuff.  (Whatever… Read more »


not listening

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Last week I mentioned a conversation I had with an acquaintance who was dismissive of my efforts to put aside storable food for the future.  Although he himself has been out of work for the past two years, he is still convinced things will be turning around for him any time now.  His wife still… Read more »


old fashioned cows

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I often get really excited about emergency preparedness and want to do everything I can to prepare.  Everything. Not only do I want to have food storage and first aid kits, but I wish I could attend classes to become a nurse, and learn how to be an old-car mechanic.


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Those of us who are storing food have a unique challenge–we need to rotate our food storage supply.  This is especially true of items that have a shorter shelf-life.  One of the ways that we rotate our food storage is by altering the foods to make them more interesting.


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A while ago Rock wrote a really interesting post about bananas, and toward the end he mentioned the eFoods Direct Tropical Fruit Medley.  He called it “absolutely addicting” as a snack.  I value his opinions, so I checked it out online.