Hello Pack. I hope you all had a productive week of prepping. While working social media to promote our Old School Survival Boot Camp event, I have been astonished to see the vast – really vast, number of new preppers joining online communities for the very first time.
The number of folks across America who have been awakened about the need to become more self-reliant and to learn how to use firearms due to both the pandemic and the ongoing threats to our republic is simply astonishing.
Prepping this week on our survival homestead has involved a lot of barnyard and fencing work, learning more about herbalism, and amazing chats with prepper pals both new and old.
The mini donkeys keep finding ways to crawl under the barbed wire fencing around the livestock entrance to the barn. They never wander far when they get out, maybe down to the lower hayfield across the creek (if the water is not up very much – they do not like walking in water or mud … at all) and then back.
But, when I close them up into the barn pasture, I need to know they will stay put, and not get hurt in snapped and dangling barbed wire.
Livestock wandering down a half a mile from the house is not a big deal now, but during a SHTF event, I want all the critters securely kept in the barn pasture, out of sight and with the maximum amount of sound discipline possible.
It is only that one spot that ever poses the problem. A natural spring exists underground in that area, so the ground stays soft even during a July drought. I figure that is why the posts never secure as firmly as they should in the soil.
So, we worked for two days to remove barbed wire, and replace posts and install hog panels around that entire area. Not only can my escape artists mini donkeys no longer make an unapproved exit, the goats can no longer poke their heads onto the other side of the fence and back the horses off their feed.
Yes, you read that correctly, my miniature goats (especially the 3-legged and 1-eared little herd leader) just have to claim the feed tub from the horse and it becomes their own. Even hanging feed tubs they cannot reach become theirs.
The goats will just bump the bottom of the hanging feeder until it is knocked long enough and hard enough to give them some flying pellets or food or the entire tub falls off its respective rail.
The mild winter weather again this week has allowed the big and little herds to do a fair amount of off-season grazing. The goats will nibble all winter, but even the horses are finding grass still hanging around.
Working on the Old School Survival Boot Camp event has introduced me to some awesome new bushcraft, self-reliant preppers, and survival homesteading folks.
One woman who contacted us today about becoming a presenter runs a highly successful blog and is a traveling prepper. She and her two daughters live full-time in an RV, and she works remotely. I am very curious to learn more about both why and how her portable prepper lifestyle works.
This Week’s Questions:
- Is your prepping plan to bug in or bug out, and why?
- What do you think are the pros and cons of portable prepping in an RV or on a boat?
- What did you do to prep this week?