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Feeding livestock - SHTF situations, stockpiling feed, etc.

Discussion in 'Everything Else Livestock' started by sumi, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. Feb 8, 2018
    Chic Rustler

    Chic Rustler Super Self-Sufficient

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    I'd let the chickens free range. I'd put the rabbits in tractors. Id feed dogs what ever we didn't eat. Idk how long that would last but I'm not to the point where I can afford to stock pile feed
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I would eat my chickens - I have enough for many months of food. But seriously both deep freezers and the refrigerator freezer is also packed the pantry is full of canned goodness, Plus i have lots of ammo and fishing poles - my property backs up to the Shawnee national Forest. I have two creeks and at least two springs on my property so water is not a concern. Honesty food and water for us and our animals would be way down on the list of things to be considered about in a natural disaster.

    We searched a while fo property that has or has easy access to natural resources (food / water) before we decided on this place.
     
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    Hinotori

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    Here my requirements were

    1. Not in an HOA
    2. Not in Lahar flow
    3. Over 5 acres so I could have the animals I wanted.

    Yes we have wetlands, but plenty of acreage for the area. Those wetlands keep developers and housing density out. They also attract tins of wildlife. We're zoned Rural Sensitive Resource 10.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I could not would not ever be subject to a home owners association. Don't need a bunch of rule to tell me what I can or can't do and some one up my butt enforcing what they think is right.

    Ture story... Last month late in the evening, I took my wife's Rottweiler named "baby bear" out to got to the bathroom. My nearest neighbor (within shouting distance if he is listening real hard) is a office in the army and is in Afghanistan until Sept of this year. I heard metal cling in his barn (sound travels far in the country).

    We'll I quickly went back in the house, grabbed my shot gun and called my next closest neighbor about 1/2 mile away. We both drove up on to my neighbors property, guns loaded and truck lights shinning on the barn. We got out and went into the barn. We could see where some was in there based on the shoe prints in the dust on the dirt floor of the barn.

    I then called 911 and I kid you not it was 1 hour and 15 mins before the sheriff showed up. My neighbor made a comment good thing nobody was being beaten out here. The sheriff said yeah but we know you guys take care of business out here.

    So when I say that I live beyond bum F___ Egypt I really ain't kidding and the sheriff is right, we as neighbors do take care of business around here. We are so remote we have no other choice but honestly I like it that way.

    BTW nothing was stolen or missing from my neighbors barn. We suspect it was some kid hiking the shawnee national forest being adventurous is all. And we scared him off when we pulled up all of sudden like that.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I quickly learned the importance of country neighbors 3 days after I moved in. I was unpacking my wood shop when a guy shows up and said. Hey I'm your neighbor, I noticed you have a 4WD pickup, I got my tractor stuck in the creek. I said ok I got a few tow chains here jump in and let's go pull it out. So we did and you know I didn't even learn his name until several weeks later. But it didn't matter none... The most important thing is when your neighbor is in need, you drop what your doing and help him immediately - it's really that simple and.your neighbor will do the exact same for you when your in need.

    So if SHTF around here - I am completely confident we as neighbors would take care of whatever needs taken care of and with all the food we have my neighbors wouldn't go hungry either :)
     
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    Beekissed

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    :love Wish more people had neighbors like you, CC. We don't live in a neighborhood like that here and always wished we did.
     
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    baymule

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    One of our neighbors has a key to the house and a key to the tractor-he can use the tractor as his own. He has helped us beyond what we can repay him, and we help him too. There are some good people in our little neighborhood and we watch out for each other. There was a truck parked on the side of the road in front of 15 acres next to us. The people that own it don't live there. Us and another neighbor went roaring up on our Kawasaki mules, loaded for bear. It turned out to be the man that owned it and he was annoyed that we showed up, but we set him straight in a hurry. We let him know that we watched his place just like we watched our own and he decided that was a good thing.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    Yep exactly! It's built on trust and villegance - I think the root word for villegance is village

    That's exactly what it is a village built on trust :)

    Another true story
    I woke on morning last year to discover my truck gone. I leave my keys in the ignition and the doors unlocked while it's parked in the drive at home. I have a 24x7x365 outside guard dog that I believe no one would want to tangle with.

    I thought about calling the police to report it stolen - but I thought about it a little more over my first cup of coffee. A little while later my truck (the veggie hauler) pulls up in the drive with my neighbor behind the wheel. He got out and said to me, "I needed to borrow your truck to run into town and I didn't want to wake you. I put some gas in there too" I said cool, you already know you can use it anytime. He said yep I know that.
     
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    CrealCritter

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    I found this under my wife's windshield wiper one morning about 3 years ago. Is this what you call a honest thief? Is that a oxymoron?

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    tortoise

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    I gotta say, the best protection is enough land to sustain your animals. I would not worry about my sheep except in the case of a fire that destroy pasture and barn. In that case... might be time to roundup the neighbors, find everyone with a smoker and get to work. IDK, that would be tough.
     
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