Saturday, May 5, 2012

My Chicken Coop Part 2

I  promised more photos...Here's my progress!

Pain Relief From Hot Peppers

Around here it’s not unusual to see a string of dried peppers hanging on a wall for decoration. These people are preppers and probably don’t know it. Many would be surprised of the pain-relief power packed in each those little pods....Read more:

How To Find Water

Getting lost or stranded in the wild is something that could happen to just about anyone. Day hikers, tourists, Sunday drivers and experienced outdoorsmen are all subject to...Read More:

6 Types Of Natural Instincts

Humankind has been able to survive many shifts in its environment throughout the centuries. The ability to adapt physically and mentally to a changing world kept humans alive while other ...Read More:

How Stress Affects Survival

Before we can understand our psychological reactions in a survival setting, it is helpful to first know a little bit about stress.
Stress is not a disease that you cure and eliminate. Instead, it is a...Read More:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Russia threatens to preemptively strike U.S. NATO missile defense sites

Russia’s most Senior military officer, Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov is warning that Russia may preemptively use “destructive force” and strike American NATO missile defense sites....Read More:

Pine Sap

Some general uses for Pine Sap...

H5N1 Bird Flu Virus

Seriously??? Read on...

After months of controversy and debate, scientists who created a deadly mutated form of the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza have published their research. Much to the disappointment of many in the bio-terrorism community, these scientists have made available the exact steps they took to create this deadly virus.
Until now, the risk of H5N1 turning into a pandemic was relatively low. In the past...Read more:

Making Freezer Jam with Freeze Dried Fruit

I came across a great deal on strawberries the other day, and being down to only peach jam at our house (which nobody likes) I snatched up 3 flats of strawberries to make a...Read more:


It's that time of year when the snakes are coming out of their winter nests.  Watch out for Rattlesnakes and Copperheads while hiking about through the woods or working around the homestead.  They love to hide under old boards, under buildings and love the flower beds!


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sassafras Tea

Sassafras Tea - How To Harvest

Ultimate Survival Skills Guide

Survive Anything

Urban Survival

Copperhead Snake

A Copperhead snake bite needs medical attention, is extremely painful, and may cause extensive scarring and loss of use. Many people are bitten while trying to kill or handle the snake. Don't take chances -- avoid these snakes.
"Copperhead bites are typically not fatal," says Dr. Peter Bromley, N. C. Cooperative Extension Specialist in Zoology. Small animals, like small dogs, may receive a fatal bite from a copperhead. The venom causes local tissue destruction and secondary infection often sets in. If you or your pet are bitten by any snake that you suspect is venomous, get medial attention immediately. For the most part, if you let snakes alone, they'll leave you alone.
North Carolina has the dubious distinction of the most venomous snake bites of any state in the U.S. Many of these bites could be prevented by avoiding the snake instead of trying to kill it or pick it up. Avoid Copperhead snakes! Allow it to go on its way undisturbed. Copperheads bite more people in most years than any other U.S. species, but they also have the mildest venom. University of Georgia Professor Dr. Whit Gibbons is conducting research to learn why copperheads inflict the most bites.
All the snake species tested have had the same initial response to human presence. If given the opportunity, they escape--down a hole, under a ledge, or in the case of cottonmouths, into the water. Escape is even the standard behavior of enormous diamondback rattlesnakes, which will immediately disappear if they have enough warning before they think a person can reach them.
But often escape is not possible, so most snakes hold their ground, ready to defend themselves. A difference between copperheads and the other species appears in the next phase, when they are approached. Most rattlesnakes vibrate their tails and most cottonmouths sit with mouth open when a human comes near. Even some non-venomous snakes vibrate their tails. These displays are merely warnings not to tread on them. They are not aggressive attack measures. The snakes just want us to leave them alone.
So far, the dozens of cottonmouths Dr. Gibbons stood beside have made threat displays but have not bitten the researcher's boot. The same has been true for canebrake rattlesnakes although too few have been tested to declare that they are as passive as cottonmouths. The exciting news (at least for the researchers) is that the copperhead is different from the others. Most copperheads tested have struck out immediately when they felt threatened.
This behavior explains why more people receive legitimate snakebites from copperheads than from any other species of venomous snake in North America. Still to be investigated is another aspect of copperhead bites: many are not serious enough to require more than minor medical treatment. This may be so not only because the venom of a copperhead is significantly less potent than that of rattlesnakes or cottonmouths, but also because they seldom inject much venom.
The copperhead's initial threat display is to strike. It lashes out at an enemy as a warning. If the enemy is close enough, the fangs may penetrate the skin. However, because this is a threat display, not an attempt to kill, the snake injects little venom. A copperhead has no intention of wasting valuable venom if it can scare away the menace with a minor bite.
Keep in mind, however, that even a non-fatal bite needs medical attention, is extremely painful, and may cause extensive scarring and loss of use. Don't take chances-- avoid these snakes.

Whit Gibbons is the Senior Professor of Ecology at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory in Aiken, South Carolina.

Building the Ultimate Survival Kit

The environment is the key to the types of items you will need in your survival kit. How much equipment you put in your kit depends on how you will carry the kit. A kit carried on your body will have to be...Read more:

Survival Planning

Survival planning is nothing more than realizing something could happen that would put you in a survival situation and with that in mind, taking steps to...Read more:

Monday, April 30, 2012


L = Live by your wits or Learn basic skills



A = Act like the natives



V = Value living



I = Improvise



V = Vanquish fear



R = Remember where you are



U = Use your senses



S= Size up the situation


The meaning of survival

S – Size Up the Situation
U – Use All Your Senses, Undue Haste Makes Waste
R – Remember Where You Are
V – Vanquish Fear and Panic
I – Improvise
V – Value Living
A – Act Like the Natives
L – Live by Your Wits, But for Now, Learn Basic Skills


10 Herbs To Increase Energy, Vitality, And Adaptability

How difficult is it for us to achieve a work-life balance? How much more difficult is it to achieve a life-energy balance? And does it not seem that there are never enough...Read more:


How to collect birch sap

This is a description how to collect birch sap from your own birch as a beverage for a family of four.

During the summer, the birch tree stores nourishment for the next period of growth in its roots. The following spring, this nourishment rises as sap...Read more:

22 Signs That The Collapsing Spanish Economy Is Heading Into A Great Depression

What happens when debt-fueled false prosperity disappears?  Just look at Spain.  The 4th largest economy in the eurozone was riding high during the boom years, but now...Read more:


Great ways to carry emergency cash

As part of my Every Day Carry (EDC) I always like to keep enough cash on had to at least buy an entire tank of gas.  When I travel on...Read more:

New York faced with swarms of bees which feed off human SWEAT (but don't worry, they don't sting)

The netting of a new, non-stinging bee that sips the sweat of humans is creating a buzz in New York City.
John Ascher, an entomologist, made the discovery in 2010 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, which is....Read more:
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2136769/Non-stinging-bees-sip-human-sweat-discovered-New-York-City.html#ixzz1tYAbgMI2


Look at these chickens

I would like to have some of these...


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Goodnight friends, I leave you with a photo to ponder...

Fight back for Michigan Farmers!!!! Please watch the video!



Deadfall fish trap



Reclaimed wood


Tackle box first aid kit



Anatomy of a first aid kit

Anatomy of a First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have. To be prepared for emergencies, keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car. Carry a first aid kit with you or know where you can find one. Find out the location of first aid kits where you work. First aid kits come in many shapes and sizes. You can purchase one from the Red Cross Store or your local American Red Cross chapter. Your local drug store may sell them.
You may also make your own. Some kits are designed for specific activities, such as hiking, camping or boating. Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need. Include....Read more:



Choosing a tent

In purchasing equipment for the outdoors, I always use the same thought process. How often am I going to upgrade my equipment based on the new radical improvements that the manufacturer will come out with? How long before my...Read more:

Flotation device from pants

How to make an earthquake survival kit

Earthquakes effect thousands of people every year. Have an earthquake survival kit ready for your family and sleep soundly knowing you are prepared in the case of an emergency. An earthquake survival kit is easy to make and can provide you with peace of ......Read more: How to Make an Earthquake Survival Kit | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2062643_make-earthquake-survival-kit.html#ixzz1tTS6D4ZQ