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Chicken Tractors Help You to Feed and Raise Chickens with Less Work

Now a chicken tractor is not a brand of tractors but is a movable chicken cage without a bottom. This allows you to keep your chickens under control while still moving them around your yard. A chicken tractor allows you have all the advantages of free-range chickens while protecting them from predators.

They can also be used with other kinds of poultry.  Most chicken tractors are a lightly built A-frame which one person can drag about the yard.  It can have wheels on one or both ends or it can be on skids.

The term chicken tractor comes from the chickens performing many functions normally performed by a modern farm tractor: things like digging and weeding the soil in preparation for planting trees or crops, fertilizing the ground and keeping down the insect population. …

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Animals for Food Production on One Acre Lots or Less

food productionRecently we have been having many discussions on what would be the best animals for food production on smaller properties.  By that, we mean one acre or less.

The factors that we took in consideration for food production were

  • The length of the animal’s gestation period.
  • Does the animal product multiple births and how long to maturity.
  • Can the animal live off your land?
  • Does it compete for resources with you?
  • What type of workload does it create for you?
  • Can it be butchered easily at home?
  • Do you have the resources to preserve the quantity of meat? Remember you are preserving the meat without refrigeration.
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A Weird Little Book, Entertaining with Insects

A while back, a friend told me about this book and I found a copy on the internet.  The book in Entertaining with Insects and is written by Ronald L Taylor and Barbara J Carter.  At the time the book arrived, I was busy with other things and the book got set aside.

The other day it came to my attention and I have now spent some time looking at it.  The book points out that insects have been consumed by many different cultures for 1000’s of years.  Insects are highly nutritious being very rich in fat and protein.

This book contains a variety of recipes for cooking insects ranging from maggots to mealworms. …

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Preserving Wild Fowl without Refrigeration

The other day I was up at one of the areas in Northern California where a number of wild fowl seen to spent the winter.  In the spring and fall, you always get a large number traveling north or south depending on the season.  But some always seem to stay, so even in the middle of winter there are quite a few birds around.  In the summer, they disappear and head north.

So  when the birds are massed like this there would be excellent hunting opportunities after TEOTWAWKI. Do not violate fish and game laws. The only problem is what do you do with the meat. …

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Dogs for Security and Why You Should Have One

I have been thinking about the use of dogs for security.  Currently we do not own a dog and have been thinking about getting one in the future.  Part of the reason is that I like a dog that I can keep in the house and during allergy season, this may no longer be possible as my allergies have gotten worse.  Most of my life I have had dogs for security.

Even when I was child in South Africa, we had an English Bull Terrier that was attack trained.  One night someone tried to break into the house and she caught him by the throat and killed him. …

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Feral Cats and Dogs, Household Pets Gone Wild

feral catsIn the area in which I live, we often see feral cats and occasionally a wild dog.  Dogs seem to draw more attention and in today’s world  are normally rounded up and taken to the pound.  Cats on the other hand seem to thrive and multiply.  After TEOTWAWKI, feral domestic animals can pose a real problem.  Many people will just turn them loose to fend for themselves.

Dogs are a problem for the obvious reason.  They can be large, threatening and hunt in packs.  In some areas, they are already a problem.  See the previous posts I have written on this subject. …

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Snails in Your Garden, a Simple Solution, Eat Them.

Snails

The common garden snail found in the United States, Helix aspersa, is a close relative of France’s commercially harvested Helix pomatia and is quite edible. They are delicious and highly nutritious.

A 3.5 ounce serving of snails provides about 90 calories. Most of the calories in a dish of snails come from protein.  A serving of snails doesn’t have as much protein as beef or chicken but compares favorably with seafood.  A 3.5 ounces serving adds 16.5 grams of protein to your diet, compared to 30 grams in a serving of white-meat chicken and 25 grams in a serving of dark-meat chicken. …

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Animal Trapping can be a Useful Survival Tool

 

Animal trapping has been used to gather food for most of human history.  It is just in recent years that it has been banned.  I live in California which has strict laws on animal trapping.  Leg traps and body snares are banned, and most other traps are regulated in some way or another.  Live traps can be used but are still regulated.  Mouse/rat traps are still legal.  Trappers have to be licensed.

Now fortunately many of you do not live in California and have to face fewer regulations.  But wherever you live, you need to check your local games laws before you go trapping.…

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Making Corncob Jelly an Other Uses for Cobs

corncob jelly

In a real emergency, we may have to make do with whatever is available. We will need to learn to use the parts of plants that we currently waste.  For example, here is a list of the various things that you can use corncobs for in an emergency.

  • Give then to the animals.  Chickens love to peck on them, they can also be used as partial feed for cattle and pigs.
  • Use as a bird feeder.  Hang up in a tree covered with  peanut butter and seeds, use to attract small game
  • In a real food shortage, they can be boiled down for vegetable soup stock.
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Bears and the Problems They can Cause in Your Camp or Bol

I know people who have a bug out location (BOL) that they plan to camp in case of a major disaster or economic collapse. Now most of these are in relatively remote areas with wildlife including bears.  If you are camping out a lot in remote areas, bear encounters are not a matter of “if”, but rather when.

Camping out and avoiding issues with bear’s takes a bit of planning.  Now I know that many of you are saying why not just shoot the bear and eat it.  There can be several reasons why this may not be a good idea. …

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