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Old 01-23-2011, 08:52 AM
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Hi. Great forum. I was born in the city but always felt that the stork dropped me at the wrong house. At age 28 we moved to town named Boonsboro, that is just a few hundred homes and has a confectionary / ammunition combo store. Gotta love a town like that.

Anyway, I have been studying and practicing lost in the woods type survival and recently became interested in shtf survival. I already had a leg up on prepping since I knew survival skills, do some gardening and raise a few chickens and rabbits.

I am surprised I don't see more preppers talking about gardening and raising chickens. Gardening will be a very important skill to have and to know what works well on your land is invaluable. Also, dehydrating your extra veggies would save a lot of money. One more thing, I wouldn't normally eat corn from the feed store, but at $5 - $6 per 50 lbs, keeping a few extra bags for the chickens is a cheap way to keep some grain on hand if / when shtf, I will take the small risk of eating contaminated grain. It will likely be safer than anything else available.

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Hey from the panhandle of WV. I know exactly where your at.( well, the town LOL. don't want to freak ya out lmao)
Did you check the section on homesteading? I think thats where the gardening and such are being talked about.
I'd like to have some chooks, but I haven't talked the hubby into it yet*sigh* working on it tho
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Chickens are easy if you keep the preditors away. This is my 3rd year and recently had to stop free ranging them because of too many deaths. Hopfully in th esummer I will be able to free range them again. My best free rangers are muts and I had a white leg horn and a leghorn cross. never lost a leghorn to a preditor. In fact my rooster was sop fearce and alert that I even watched him beat up a hawk that had gotten into their run when I had the confined one fall. Unfurtunately, he had to go cause no one was safe. My Black Austrolopes are like 5 months old and just started laying eggs in th emiddle of January, so they are a good choice. None of my others ever layed from about November through February. Avoid Americanas. They lay pretty blue eggs but couldnt even feed them worms. they were 100% dependent on me feeding them. They also get eaten by preditors easily. Maybe use them as decoys to keep them away from your good birds. lol.
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yea. I see so many posts on all the forums about all this special feeds and stuff and all the special meds and such. And I think..." What did the pioneers do?" Or for that matter, how did anyone raise thier chooks before now? Ya know? Seems to me people make their chooks out to be "pets" instead livestock like I want to do. Seems to me they're just making it harder and more expensive on themselves. *shrugs*
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I have used medicated starter for my peeps. When they are young they are more likely to catch something. The only baby I ever lost was a deformed one. I've only once had an adult die from unknown causes and I don't use medicated feed. I am hoping this summer, since my americanas are al gone, I can go back to feeding just a little corn twice a week plus my table scraps and let them forage for the rest... That is if I can get rid of that preditor. I think it's a cat.
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All great ideas. I often found that farming is overlooked as a part of the survival side of things.
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Welcome... Many of us here have chickens and gardens.. you just gotta look around longer The gun lovers just talk more than us..wait, I'm one of those too
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LOL, I have a few guns myself. Looking for some good deals on a few more. Something to check out for your garden... Jerusalem artichoke or sunchoke. it is actually a perenial sunflower, not an artichoke and not from jerusalem the stalks have higher protein than corn so its good hay. Not sure if chickens like it but read that rabbits do. the tubers are eaten like potatoes and also have high protein. since its a perenial, you could also plant it and forget it until shtf. plus, since its a sunflower, how many raiders would over look it but would steel your veggies from your garden. oh yeah, keep it in the ground until you need it... no preserving.
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