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Saturday, May 12, 2012

What natural weapons could I find in the wilderness?

When it comes to making weapons in the wild, you'll definitely need to adjust your mind-set from the 21st century to primitive time. Think caveman. For thousands of years,...Read More:
http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/survival/wilderness/wilderness-weapon.htm


How To Make A Paracord Dog Collar

I just love using paracord! it`s lightweight, sturdy & virtually indestructable! This instructible will show you how to make a `manly`collar for your dog using paracord and the seesaw knot. This knotting technique can also be used to make a dog leash, bracelet, belt or anything else that you see fit....Read More:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-A-Paracord-Dog-Collar-Using-The-Seesaw/?ALLSTEPS#step3

 

Paracord Fusion Ties - Volume 2: Survival Ties, Pouches, Bars, Snake Knots, and Sinnets

Friday, May 11, 2012

How To Plant Blueberries

Blueberries can be difficult to get started (I Know).  Here's a nice blog post with step by step instructions on how to plant them the proper way for a better chance of survival:
http://theharriedhomemakerpreps.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-plant-blueberries.html


Economic Alert: If You’re Not Worried Yet…You Should Be

For the past four years I have been covering the progression of the global economic crisis with an emphasis on the debilitating effects it has had on the American financial system.  Only once before have I ever issued an economic alert, and this was at the onset of the very first credit downgrade in U.S. history by S&P.  I do not take the word “alert” lightly....Read More:
http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/economic-alert-if-youre-not-worried-yetyou-should-be_05082012


A Manual Well Pump For Grid Down Scenarios: The Bison Pump

When we decided to add manual pumping capability to our electric pump well, it came down to two alternatives – the Simple Pump or the Bison Pump. Both are designed for different uses, so one is not necessarily “better” than the other...Read More: http://thesurvivalmom.com/2012/05/11/a-manual-well-pump-for-grid-down-scenarios-the-bison-pump/

Why You Could Die of a Bee Sting–Even If You’ve Never Been Allergic

What can be done if the person has a allergic reaction to a [bee] sting. What are the signs? What should I do if there is no bee sting medicine?..no medical facility....Read More:
http://www.thesurvivaldoctor.com/2012/05/08/allergic-reaction-to-bee-stings/

Predicting The Weather

Since 1792, The Old Farmer's Almanac has been known for its traditionally 80 percent accurate forecasts. Find out how we predict the weather. Plus, discover sure-fire (?) methods for predicting the weather yourself, based on animals' signals, cloud types, and even pig spleens!...Read More
http://www.almanac.com/topics/weather/weather-forecasts/predicting-weather


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Goodnight Friends

I leave you with a photo to ponder. Have fun with this one!

10 Frugal Steps To Help You Survive A Tough Economy

There is nothing that ordinary citizens like you and I can do to solve the mess on Wall Street. Calling your congressperson every day won’t change his/her vote, because they have to follow the party line in most cases. The only weapon we have is to vote on election day for changes at the House and Senate. The presidential candidates haven’t shown much to convince us; the choice is really to vote for the less “bad” of the two.
Despite all this talk of financial bailouts and government intervention, we regular folk need to fend for ourselves in the midst of the chaos.  Read More:
http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/index.php/2008/10/02/frugal-steps-to-survive-economic-crisis/

How to make a 60lb PVC Longbow

Here's instructions on how to make a 60lb PVC longbow for under $10.00


Survival Guide List

According to FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security, everyone should know what to do in case of emergency. Prepare by learning how to become self-sufficient for at least three days by making arrangements for housing, food, water and sanitation. Events that may require emergency survival kits include floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, common occurrences in recent years. Does this Spark an idea?

Assemble A Storm Survival Kit

No matter where you live, you are probably faced with storms of some type. Whether it's tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, blizzards or ice storms, nearly everyone will occasionally encounter a situation that will

Read more: How to Assemble a Storm Survival Kit | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4425400_assemble-storm-survival-kit.html#ixzz1uWG6pXKF


 
 

How to survive a lightning storm

Most people think they know the rules of lightning:
1) Get out of the water.
2) Don’t stand under tall trees.
3) Don’t wave your metal walking stick in anger at the sky.
That’s a start, but there’s much more you should know; for starters, how to tell how close the lightning is. If you can’t count more than 30 seconds between lightning and thunder, you’re in danger. That means the lightning is less than five miles away....Read More:
http://dsc.discovery.com/adventure/how-to-survive-a-lightning-storm.html


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Identify this track...

Can you identify this track?  It's a few days old but you can still get the general idea and shape.  I know what it is, it's right beside my home and I have seen him before...I have photos of him somewhere from my trail camera.

Chicken Coop Part 3

The chicken coop is complete.  The chickens are now moved into their new home and seem to be enjoying it.  My next step is to build fencing so they can venture out. 



Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A photo to ponder...

Goodnight friends.  I leave you with this photo to ponder...


Raising Chickens Books

Raising chickens at $13.25

http://www.amazon.com/Storeys-Guide-Raising-Chickens-Edition/dp/1603424695/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336532283&sr=1-11




Guide to coops and tractors at $14.20



Ka-Bar Black Kukri - Machete

List price is over $66.00.  This is available at a great buy at $45.39 with free shipping for Amazon Prime members.

http://www.amazon.com/Ka-Bar-2-1249-9-Black-Kukri-Machete/dp/B001H53Q8A/ref=sr_1_5?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1336531972&sr=1-5

How to make liquid hand soap from a bar of soap

Here's what you need:

Cheese grater (from the dollar store)
2 Tablespoons of Liquid Glycerin (found in the band aid section at any drugstore or grocery store)
1 - 8 oz bar of soap
1 gallon of water

Read more:
http://www.thefarmersnest.com/2011/11/liquid-hand-soap-diy.html


Homemade Chicken Feeders And Waterers

Here are many ideas of chicken feeders and waterers..

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-chicken-feeder-waterer-designs-pictures

Government attacks on farmers

More Government Attacks on Farmers – Feds Steals $70,000 from Small Farms Bank Accounts


Over the last couple of months, we have detailed numerous examples of how the  government seems to be targeting small family farmers. From Michigan raiding small family farms and making it a crime to breed free range pigs, to the federal governments attempts to make it illegal for kids to work on farms, the attacks on farmers seem to be escalating...Rear More:
http://offgridsurvival.com/governmentattacksfarmers-seizesmallfarmsbankaccount/


UV Water Purifier

http://www.amazon.com/SteriPEN-Adventurer-Opti-Handheld-Purifier/dp/B003A1MURC/ref=sr_1_27?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1336477823&sr=1-27

Reproductive cycle of the chicken

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homestead-Homeschool/390316590999379?ref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-chicken-coop/223837250974228


What part of the egg becomes the chick?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Homestead-Homeschool/390316590999379?ref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/theindigoegg



Monday, May 7, 2012

Leave a small footprint

  When in the outdoors, I often find myself picking up trash left by others.  When you are enjoying the outdoors please leave a small footprint by picking up your trash so others may also enjoy the wonderful outdoors .


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Sunday, May 6, 2012

How To Get Out Of Quicksand

Uh-oh. You're hiking alone in the wilderness, looking up at the birds and whistling a happy song, when suddenly you find yourself trapped in quicksand and sinking fast. Certain muddy death? Not quite. While quicksand isn't nearly as dangerous as it looks in the movies, it is a real phenomenon. Just about any sand or silt can temporarily become quicksand if it is sufficiently saturated with water and/or subjected to vibrations, such as those that occur during an earthquake. Here's what to do if you find yourself sinking....Read On:
http://www.wikihow.com/Get-out-of-Quicksand


Edible Bugs

What if you were lost and alone in the wild? Imagine that you have no experience hunting and there's no...Read More:
http://adventure.howstuffworks.com/survival/wilderness/edible-bug.htm


Emergency Water Storage

Water is life.  In case of emergency, a reliable water supply is critical.  If power is interrupted due to storms or other events such as solar flares or grid overload due to high demand, for most of us, our water supplies are...Read More:
http://www.commonsensehome.com/emergency-water-storage/



Why Chickens Peck At Each Other

We have 10 hens ready to go into their nearly finished new coop.  Currently, they are pecking at each other's tails in a much more smaller space.  I found some helpful behavioral explanations at the below links.  They include lack of protein, overcrowding and just simply not keeping busy enough.  You can also give your chickens fresh grass clippings, eggshells.  Allowing them to free range will get them all the protein they need by finding grubs, worms and insects.  You can also add a little sand and gravel to the coop floor as this will keep them busy scratching while in containment. If you are having this problem with your chickens, this article may help you as well.  Happy reading!

http://www.mysnazzychickencoop.com/raising-chickens/chickens-peck-feathers/

http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/faqwhydochickens.html

http://www.chickenkeepingsecrets.com/keeping-chickens/chickens-pecking-each-other-to-death/