Hello Pack. It has been a super productive and mostly sunny week here on our survival homestead. Our awesome new chicken, duck, and guinea coop is now finally complete. We turned two freebie rabbit hutches – after we removed the skeletal remains of the rabbits that had been it and thoroughly disinfected it.
The young flock members we hatched and the guinea keets Bobby got me have been living in the coop as each stage was built. Now the big flock has joined them. It has a 22 foot long by 12 foot wide run to enjoy when they are not out free ranging – which they will not be doing during a SHTF scenario.
We built a second hutch that was a mirror image of the freebie hutch – and put double decker doors on it for easy cleaning. You can read all about our upcycled and predator proof, cheap rabbit hutch to chicken coop project – and see detailed photos of the process here soon on The Survivalist Blog.
In other preps this week, we harvested and baled straw. Being able to provide all the straw and hay we need for our various herds and flocks is not only a money saver, but makes our livestock sustainable during a long-term disaster. When our stockpiled fuel runs dry, we have horse drawn old-fashioned equipment to get the necessary task completed.
We are tending to our garden and apothecary patch, and everything is coming along nicely. We recently planted more papaw trees and elderberry bushes. Our survival homestead is filled to the brim with honeysuckle and black raspberries. I can’t hardly wait to be able to pick berries and preserve them and harvest honeysuckle to make home remedies and DIY natural perfume.
Auddie and I have been busy doing a lot of hiking and wildflower picking. Now, this may not sound like a prep, but using her love of flowers and bushes is part of her self-reliance education. She is learning to identify the wild things that grow here by name and slowly learning which are edible and which are poisonous – and their various uses.
She is only three and a half now, but I am betting by the time she turns five she will be an excellent beginning forager. I let the children help preserve wild and cultivated edibles and mix up my ingredients for my home remedies, also as part of their survival education.
This week’s questions:
- What berries grow wild where you live, and how do you preserve and use your bountiful harvest?
- What wild edibles grow on your land or in your region, and how do you make use of them?
- Do you teach your children to forage and use what is growing in your own backyard or on your land for food and medicine? Please share details if you do.
- What did you do to prep this week?