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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Predator Problem at the Chicken Coop

At about 17 weeks of age, I am now checking daily for eggs.  Sure, the nesting boxes are set up and lined with fresh pine shavings, and the feed has been switched over to  a layer granule mix, but I am now really checking every day, in every crevice of the coop and run, anxiously waiting for my first egg.  But just as my girls are coming of age, a new, actually first, concern has popped up...predators.

I'm not really sure what it is, but there is something trying to get into the coop.  I haven't bothered closing the coop door at night all summer, figuring that the extra air flow would help keep the coop cooler, but starting last night, my girls get locked up tight.  Yesterday morning, as I went out to feed my girls and do the morning water change, I noticed something really strange.  There was a pile of freshly dug dirt at the base of the run.

This doesn't particularly cause me a LOT of concern, as I covered the bottom of the run with hardware cloth, then added a layer of gravel, to keep anything from digging under and in.  However, a closer look at the run revealed some missing wire on the hardware cloth.

 Something is obviously trying to get in...what, I just don't know yet.  The coop is just outside my back door, and like all entrances, there is a motion sensor light on 24/7.  From time to time lately, thi light will come on, and I check on it every time I see it, but I never get a glimpse of what might be coming around.

Anyways, as I mentioned, from now on the girls are getting locked up in the coop at night and I will continue to check things out whenever I see the light come on. Has anyone else had these signs and know what is trying to get into my coop? 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Prepared Canadian Podcast - Episode 75 - Ham Radio and Powering them for Preppers

Ham radio can be an indispensable resource during an event.  Not only will it allow you to keep in touch with other members of your support group, but if enough preppers would take it seriously, a whole network could be set up from coast to coast to relay valuable information.  Even without a license, you can own and listen for information from ham radio operators, emergency services such as police, fire, and others, and listen in on worldwide broadcasts which can keep you up to date on the general situation of things.


A couple of weeks ago, I gave a presentation to a group of preppers from eastern Ontario and I remain impressed at the SERIOUS interest that was shown.   All too often, I discuss the advantages of ham radio and get a group full of bobble heads that nod in agreance, but do nothing about getting into a hobby that is truly a valuable prepper resource.


This week I will discuss the 2 main types of ham radio, being UHF/VHF for local comms, and HF for lond distance.  Also, as radios need power, I will go a lot more in depth with regards to the various accessories and power options for what is probably the most affordable and versatile ham radio for preppers, the Baofeng UV-5R.   Specifically, I will do some math that explains the requirements to have portable, renewable power for your radios.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Let The Harvest Begin!

Well, the time has finally come.  All the digging, planting, weeding, tying up, and watering is finally showing some fruits for all the labour.  Sure, I've been pulling the occasional veggie here and there over the past few weeks...a tomato or two, a few green beans, a summer squash for dinner...but now it seems to be really getting started.  Here is today's take...still not a bounty to feed us for a month, but at least it's a good sign of yummy things to come.

 Here we have fresh tomatoes, yellow summer squash, and a bunch of mint that was gifted to me 2 years ago by Farmgal, ready to dehydrate and be used for tea.  Still to come are peppers, carrots, green and yellow beans, cucumbers, beets, and hopefully lots more of what you see above!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Prepared Canadian Podcast - Episode 73

We’ve all done it…cutting a corner here and there in an effort to shave valuable time off of a particular task.  Quite often, it works out in the end, more or less, and we go on our merry way.  Sometimes, however, in our efforts to gain a few extra minutes, we can end up wasting more time than we could have ever hoped to gain.  Not only that, but we could also be exposing ourselves to unnessesary danger and risk serious injury from the most basic of household tasks.


This week I will take a look at and discuss some of the time wasting and down right dumb time saving corner cuts I made in the past couple of weeks.  Did I know better?  Of course I did, but in an attempt to be more time efficient, I ended up wasting more time than I could have hoped to save. 


Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Prepared Canadian Podcast - Episode 72 - Gardening, Comms Power, and Other Preps

 Every show begins with a little segment about what I (and others) have done in the past week to that I can actually fill a whole podcast with my projects and purchases.


I’ll give an overview of some of the gardening chores that had to be done, either because of mother nature wanting to reclaim the cleared garden space, or dealing with failed crops and replanting.  Some things couldn’t be saved while others simply needed a helping hand.  Either way, most of the plant rescues are a wait and see project as I have no idea if I caught the problems in time to save the harvest.


Speaking of harvest, the crops that are about to produce will have to be dealt with and stored.  This means making sure that I have enough supplies on hand to match last year, but also taking a few changes to mind, such as changing jar sizes for certain produce, preparing to replace the lids I am about to use, and getting the canner out, cleaned, tested,  and getting some replacement parts from Home Hardware.


Also, I spent some time and money over at Ebay, buying some rechargeable batteries for my handheld comms, as well as some USB powered chargers.  I will discuss how many I bought and why, as well as some other alternative power options for my ham radio.


Don’t worry, even though I have included the link to the Ebay store that I used, I will review both the seller and the products I bought once they arrive…I always try to talk about things that I have first hand experience about, or have gotten advice prom other preppers with first hand knowledge.


Also, I have some listener feedback to share with you regarding the alternative cooking episode from a few weeks ago that will clear up some questions about some gear that I had not used, but did mention.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Prepared Canadian Podcast - Episode 71 - Weather Preparedness

 Here in Canada, we experience a wide range of dangerous weather related emergencies.  Some of these weather conditions will give us a bit of a heads up, such as the case with Hurricane Arthur.  Some will be a complete surprise with only a moment’s notice at best as with a tornado.  Others will have some  advance warning in the form of a “possibility” like with the flooding in Saskatchewan.


Of course, we canuks are used to winter events such as extreme cold, heavy snowfall, and ice storms, but summer time presents equally, if not more devastating weather.  Although possibly more common with our American friends, Canada gets it’s fair share of tornadoes, and can also be affected by hurricanes.  In fact, Canada will get about 60 tornadoes and be affected by an average of 2 to 3 hurricanes every year.  All this is not to mention regional  flooding caused by heavy rains or poor snow melting conditions.


Whether we have a warning or not, there are ways to prepare for such events.  On a day to day basis, we should be looking at keeping our supplies stocked and gear maintained.  When we have a bit of notice, we should kick into high gear and get everything that we can double checked and made as ready as it can be.


This week I’ll discuss regular maintenance of supplies and equipment, as well as last minute checking to make sure everything is as up to snuff as possible by topping off supplies, running and testing power equipment, and checking your homes and properties for repairs or just plain battening down the hatches.


Resources for this weeks show  

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