Taking inventory gives me the chance to see what I actually have. Yet, it also gives me the chance to check the condition of everything in my prepping stockpile as well. Many people have special things they do at the beginning of the year. For me, that means taking inventory in more ways than one.
Chicks There’s nothing that hints of spring quite like newly hatched chicks. If you haven’t ordered yet, now is the time to do so, either through a nearby breeder, the local feed store or a mail order hatchery. You’ll also want to have your brooder set up so you’re all ready to go when that
DIY Warm Winter Blankets Anyone Can Make As the winter temperature drops far below freezing, many people start to get out their thicker blankets and perhaps add a throw or two on the couch to stay warm. Learning how to make a quilt or even just simple layering blankets is a great skill to have.
Frozen Pipes One of the biggest issues during winter are water pipes freezing and possibly bursting. Frozen pipes can be a serious problem if they do burst and — depending on the damage — can cost quite a bit to fix. Not to mention it creates a mess and leaves you without running water. If
Survival in a Winter Blackout Many people prepare for winter weather by putting together a winter survival kit in their car. But too few prepare an additional kit for their home, which can leave them unprepared when a winter ice or snowstorm hits and leaves them trapped there. Because preparing your house for a winter
hidden dangers of winter Even for the seasoned outdoorist, it’s good to review wintertime safety protocols so that they are fresh in your mind. Too often we become relaxed, believing that nothing bad will happen to us. Yet things don’t always go as planned, and it is better to be safe than sorry. Here are
Listen To The Article animals Watering animals in the winter can be a huge headache for both small-scale homesteaders and large-scale farmers, especially if you’re off-grid. Certain animals, like dairy cows, need lots of water to keep up production. Producing 10-plus gallons of milk per day means they have to drink a lot more than
ice fishing If you’ve ever driven by a lake during winter in the colder states, there’s often an angler or two out there by a hole on the ice, waiting for the catch. Ice fishing has been practiced for thousands of years, but it will only yield its rewards after great patience, knowledge and skill.
5 Winter Survival Skills That Will Keep You Warm, Dry, And Alive Every different climate delivers a unique set of challenges in a survival scenario, and winter is no exception. If you aren’t too careful, the frigid wind and cold can immobilize you with frostbite and then kill you off with hypothermia. In this article,
Listen To The Article By maximizing your solar generator, you can ensure that you will be completely prepared for anything that a winter storm may throw at you. If you go far enough back in history, you’ll find that the whole idea of disaster preparedness and survivalism started in northern climates as a response to
heat your home It’s wintertime and the power goes out. If you’re like most of us, you’re not all that worried – you trust that the power will come back on soon. But when 12 hours goes by and you still don’t have any electricity, you start getting concerned. It might be days before the
It is important to mouse proof your home. As the weather gets colder, mice are trying to find places to stay warm. You don’t have to live next to a farm, field or forest to have a large mouse population in your neighborhood. It is important to mouse proof your home the best you can
Homestead in winter time Chances are that if you’re reading this, then you’re probably acutely aware of just how tough it can be on the homestead in winter. It’s not long after the winter solstice that the temps begin to plummet. Creating a perfect storm for situations on the homestead to deteriorate. After all, February’s
Egg Production 1. Plenty of Good Light Chickens need at least 14 hours of daylight in a day to trigger their internal clocks to lay. By supplementing light, as is done in commercial production houses, you can trick a chicken’s internal clock to think it’s spring so that they keep laying all winter long. Be
Listen To The Article Survival Gear Once someone starts upon the road of preparedness, it seems never to end. The idea of actually having enough to get through any crisis may be something we all aspire to, but it’s an elusive goal. There’s really no way of knowing what will be enough, without knowing what
Listen To The Article Offering to help you prep the most extensive of feasts, a double oven doubles up your cooking space, so you can work on more than a single meal component at a time. Save time by checking out the list of the best double ovens available today. Any modern kitchen would benefit
An RV can make a great bug out vehicle because you have your survival shelter with you wherever you go. I spent nine years of my life living and traveling in a motorhome. In many ways, those were the best years of my life. My family was very close and we got to do a lot
We’ve compiled a list below of our top 10 off-grid uses for diatomaceous earth that we think you’ll find highly beneficial. (Image source: WaltsOrganic.com) Diatomaceous earth (DE) is an all-natural chalky, soft powder formed from the microscopic fossilized remains of ancient single-celled animals, called diatoms. If you haven’t heard of diatomaceous earth and some of