Archive for April, 2017
Prepping Rationally: Being Smart and Proactive
In theory, a good utility knife, survival knife, some steel or waterproof matches, string, tape, a tarp, socks and gloves along with water purification supplies is all that you really need to have on hand to survive. Fire, water and shelter. The bare minimum. However, most survival situations that we will encounter (that are not self-inflicted) will probably involve more than building a hideout in the woods. We are going to need medicine, clothes, fuel, fresh water and food. But, how do you choose?
Be smart and proactive.
Being proactive means to plan for something that’s going to happen in the future instead of reacting to it when it happens. We all come up with elaborate strategies with respect to how we will do this or how we will deal with that. The truth of the matter is what we encounter in the real world may be quite different from what we dream up in our imagination. While it is important to plan for the future based on a number of contingencies, it is also important to equip yourself with basic tools and resources that can be of value in a number of circumstances.
It also means planning for more than one different scenario, and placing yourself at different levels of readiness for different occasions. You want a bug-out-bag and a kitted out car, but you also want to make sure that you have enough candles, cans of food and drinks available in your home if the power goes out or you are ordered to stay indoors. You can learn how to hunt and fish with as little as some wood and a string, but do you know what back roads to drive down if your town ends up downwind from the fallout of a dirty bomb.
Don’t get grandiose and focus on prepping for the next meteor impact, EMP pulse or government takeover. Chances are that you will get impacted by a minor hiccup in comparison, but if you’re caught with your pants down, then you can be in serious trouble when you least expect problems. Plan accordingly, and make sure that you can quickly assemble what you need and take action.
Common sense goes a very long way when thinking of how to cope with a way of life that’s not as comfortable as it is today. We are not guaranteed any safe and secure tomorrows. But, we also don’t know exactly what kind of crises we will face as the world turns. Take a realistic, practical and proactive approach in order to be ready for almost anything while leaving the tunnel vision behind.
The Little-Known Benefits Associated with Raising Quail
Quail vs Chickens
Quail start laying eggs after they are about six weeks old, and they generally lay one per day. Males are not as noisy or temperamental as their rooster counterparts, and they are usually less expensive to purchase. Quail also don’t seem to mind wire floors in houses or cages, and this reduces or eliminates the need to provide bedding as you do for chickens. There may also be fewer laws regarding keeping and raising quail as opposed to chickens as well.
One big difference is that chicken hens brood and incubate their eggs. Quail tend to lay them all over the place and keep moving on, so you will need to develop a way to incubate quail eggs if you plan on hatching them. Quail eggs are also much smaller than what chickens produce, so you will need more of them to offset this difference.
Quail themselves are much smaller than chickens, and this means that it doesn’t cost as much to feed them over the course of time. However, they are more sensitive to cold, so it’s important to keep their houses warm during the winter months. Quail also fly, so they can not free-range like chickens.
Things to Consider
Quail are very happy with runs and they don’t need a lot of space. They also nest on the ground. Consequently, making runs and beds of living areas with grass, small sticks or branches and other common forms of forest debris will keep them happy and entertained. Quail can be particularly destructive in the garden, but they love insects. Integrating quail into gardens requires a lot of planning as they love many common vegetables and tomatoes. You will need to build an enclosure so the quail don’t fly away as they wander through the garden, and you will also need to protect your crops with chicken wire to prevent them from pecking away at the plants.
Quail are also favored by a number of predators including rats and cats. This is another reason why they shouldn’t be allowed to roam free on or around your property. Many people report that quail populations decrease when more cats are present and increase in their absence. This makes sense since they nest in areas that are near to the ground and are prime targets for stalking predators. Keeping them in runs and secured in their cages at night will reduce the chances of them being attacked.
There is a different market for quail products than for chickens. Quail meat and eggs are considered to be more of a “delicacy”, and products can be worth more money. Furthermore, quail are commonly used for dog training and hunting as well. Consequently, you may be able to get more money from raising quail than chickens if you can tap into this market, but don’t expect to be able sell large quantities of eggs or meat like you can with chickens right away.
Quail meat tastes like chicken, but it is a little gamier. Eggs, as mentioned before, are much smaller but they tend to be firm and flavorful as well. There is also very little difference in the taste between chicken and quail eggs.
Learn more about the benefits and drawbacks to raising quail and decide if this is an option that may work for you. They are particularly beneficial in areas where not a lot of land is available or in communities where it is against the law to raise chickens. They may be just what you need to fill a particular niche in your self-sufficiency food chain.