Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Where's the Beef?

We should consider the possibility of a long term crisis. I'm talking months and maybe years before society begins to rebuild. Do you have that much canned, dehydrated, or freeze-dried meat stored up for you and your family? I know what you're thinking - "I will just hunt for my meat!" That would work but don't you think everyone is going to turn to hunting when they begin starving? The wild animal population is going to quickly disappear because it certainly can't handle that many hunters at once. You need a back-up plan.

Small farm animals can provide your family with the necessary nutrients to survive a long-term food shortage.If you live on land that is less than an acre, small farm animals are the option for you. I am talking chickens, rabbits, and goats.

Goats can live in an area around 300 square feet per goat. Just two nannies will provide your family with up to two and a half gallons of milk per day. Ideal because they can live in a smaller area and will provide your family with milk and meat.

Chickens cost very little and help your garden prosper by providing fertilizer and eating the pests. A dozen hens could give you roughly 4 dozen eggs per week and will also provide meat when needed.

Rabbits are my last choice because they only benefit us when they are dead and on the table. However, they are quiet and can live in pens anywhere on your property. If your neighbors are starving and they hear your chickens or goats, most likely they will be making a surprise visit to steal your animals. Rabbits give you the ability to quietly provide meat for your family if you are afraid that others will find your food sources.

Do not forget that these animals must be factored into your prepping plans, which means lots of feed needs to be stored up so that your future food isn't dying before you're ready to eat. There are many books out about raising these animals in your backyard and what equipment you would need.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space Farming, Produce Your Own Grass-Fed Meat, Gather Fresh ... Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, & Bees

Unfortunately, my zoning laws do not allow for me to have farm animals so this is one tip I will not be practicing for now. Always check your zoning laws before buying farm animals and the equipment.

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