Last month reader Patsy D wrote that she “would appreciate suggestions on how we (on fixed income) could begin stockpiling. Where would you recommend we begin?” This is a very good question, and one not easily answered. Not everyone can purchase a year’s supply of food all at once. Many people, especially now, are struggling… Read more »
[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.
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.
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 »
I recently heard from a reader who is at her wit’s end because her husband is resisting her efforts at making emergency provisions for their future. “I have ordered the Berkey [water filter],” she writes, and “we had words over that. I will be making my last payment on the 4 week responder—-had words over… Read more »
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 »
Recently I bumped into an old acquaintance at the grocery store. Our conversation quickly turned to how much higher food prices suddenly seem to be getting, and I mentioned the urgency I felt to get more food storage. “Food storage?” he asked dumbly, “What for?” I looked at him like he had been living under… Read more »
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.
I was once engaged in conversation with a group of college-age acquaintances I knew only casually. These kids were discussing the growing unemployment statistics, and whether or not it even made sense these days to continue attending college when those they see graduating can’t even find jobs. It was agreed we are entering hard times… Read more »
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.