A three part series on long term sustainable prepping
Those that pay attention to world and national events may have come to the realization that it is not a matter of if, but simply a matter of when disaster strikes. The crisis may be localized, national or even worldwide. It can be natural or manmade. The results of the crisis will be the same however, with disrupted power grids, damaged or destroyed infrastructure and governments scrambling to catch up. The aftermath of a crisis is a disaster in and of its self. It is taking longer each time to recover from a disaster because of antiquated power grids, dire financial straits that the country and states are in and government bureaucracy in general. It may be the next crisis or the one after, where recovery may not be an option at all, and people will have to begin rebuilding from the rubble.
Some “preppers” prepare for a specific disaster, such as a biological or chemical attack, super volcano or nuclear war. There are specific things that must be done to survive certain calamities. There are materials, tools and equipment needed. However, those that survive the crisis and are not at “ground zero” will need a long-term survivability plan, the crisis has arrived and now it is time to survive the aftermath. Regardless of the catastrophe, there are certain things that everyone will need to survive long-term, and the essentials are not disaster specific.
Chickens are a logical choice as well as goats for a food source that is relatively easy to feed and maintain. Larger animals such as beef cattle and dairy cows require a tremendous amount of room and feed and unless you have several acres per animal, the cost of upkeep and feed may outweigh any gain. Chickens breed quickly making them an ideal renewable and sustainable source of meat and eggs. Goats can produce milk and are a good source of meat. Milk can be turned into butter and cheese. Depending on the breed of chicken, you can expect about six eggs per week on average from each chicken. Have one chicken per family member just for eggs each week. Assume for a family of four at least two chickens a week for meat. Only butcher as you need it for food otherwise you will have to preserve it.
Produce more eggs for trading with others for supplies
Swine can be raised in small amounts and once butchered you can smoke, salt cure or dry the meat. If you have, a body of water nearby you can encourage ducks and geese to stay around by feeding them and capture as needed for food.
Next week we will cover the second part of essential long term sustainable prepping