As a survivalist (see below to find out what that is), having a renewable food source is at the top of my prep list. Let’s face it… canned food is great, but eventually, it runs out. Knowing this, I did what any (questionably) sane and rational person would do… I got myself some chickens! Oh, and I guess I answered the question – which came first the chicken or the egg? Clearly, at least for my family, it’s the chicken!
One quick note: My younger son actually asked for these little peeps. Since I’m a survivalist – and a pushover – I agreed!
Raising chickens is not a difficult task. I had chickens when I was a kid living in North Carolina. I can remember the days when my brother and I would wake up at the crack of dawn for egg collection. Inevitably, we would end up having an epic egg tossin’ battle. For the record… I rarely won. Mostly, because he cheated. :]
Currently, our chickens are in a makeshift brooder (that’s what you see them in, pictured above). Our brooder was crafted from the finest dog kennel around. In order to make it work, we added a few cardboard boxes, a heat lamp, and the necessary feeder and water bowl. Sadly, the peeps will grow quickly. Which means… we’ll have to move them out of the brooder and into something more suitable.
For this, we decided to get some lumber, and get building with the power tools! Check out what we’ve built so far:
Not too bad, right?! With any luck, our hens will be laying eggs and we’ll be one step closer to being self-sufficient.
So… What is a Survivalist and Why Should You Care?
In case you don’t know what a survivalist is… according to this Wikipedia entry, a survivalist is someone who is actively preparing for emergencies, including possible disruptions in social or political order, on scales from local to international. Survivalists often acquire emergency medical and self-defense training, stockpile food and water, prepare to become self-sufficient, and build structures (e.g., a survival retreat or an underground shelter) that may help them survive a catastrophe.
My family and I prepare for the worst and hope for the best. We know how to live off the land. We know how to defend ourselves. We know how to prepare. I strongly encourage each of you to take the necessary steps to secure your future by preparing now. It’s never too early. But it can quickly become too late!
If you have any questions about how to get started, please drop me an email. I’d be happy to help! Survival isn’t just for fun! It’s something you live for! =]