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How to Cook Strange Foods

Today I am going to discuss some information that is taught by the U.S Military about how to cook wildlife in emergency situations.  Most of us have a pretty good idea on how to cook deer, elk and other common game.  But what about the unusual animals you may have to eat when food is short.

Scavenger birds like crows, vultures and buzzards should be boiled for at least twenty minutes to kill the parasites, before cooking.  Save the feathers of all birds, they can be used for insulation.

When cleaning game save the blood, boil it thoroughly.  It is a good source of food and salt.…

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Trapping Rats

The hole leading into the buried garbage can

Last year one of my sons had a rat problem around his chicken coop.  He killed quite a few rats and the problem lessened.  One of the ways he killed them was to bury a garbage can in the ground and place a piece of plywood with a hole cut in it over the opening.  He then put some chicken feed in the bottom.  The next day there were fifteen rats trapped in the can.  He then filled the can with water and drowned the rats.

Since then he has killed more rats with this method. …

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What to do About Rats and Mice

Rat damage to house wiring

In a long term emergency depending on where you live, rats and mice may quickly become a problem. Rats and mice reproduce quickly so you can’t ignore this problem. I suspect you will have more problems in the city or urban areas than in the country. Rats and mice spread disease, destroy food and cause other types of damage. Rats can chew through plastic buckets and even some metal containers.

Now, if you have a rat problem there are two ways to look at them, are they just a pest or a source of food?  If they are a potential source of food, you have to be careful about poisoning them.…

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Avoiding Hantavirus

Some friends of mine recently had some problems with rats getting into some food they had stored in Mylar bags inside cardboard boxes.  They lost a portion of their storage and had a mess to clean up.  With the recent deaths in Yosemite from the hantavirus, this is a bit scary.

In a grid down situation rats and mice could become much more of a problem.  Now they don’t all carry hantavirus, but you only need to encounter the wrong one.  So I have gleaned some information of various government websites about how to avoid it. In the future  with the help of a friend who is an exterminator I will post an article on eliminating rodents.…

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Rats

The underground rat trap

One of my sons has a large chicken coop and it is near his property line.  On the other side there are blackberries and brush.  His kids often feed the chickens and food gets left in their feeders.  Now he has a rat problem.  His first attempt at eradicating them was to put out poison.  This killed some rats but a side effect was that his dog ate one and had to visit the vet.  So no more poison.  He put rattraps out all around the coop.  The result was the traps tripped and no dead rats.…

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