35 Herbs to Keep Chickens Healthy

If you’re a homesteader, one of your top priorities is keeping your chickens healthy.

Chickens provide eggs and meat for your family, so it’s important to keep them in good condition. One way to do that is by giving them herbs packed with nutrients and vitamins to eat and not have to resort to using expensive antibiotics or chemical-based products.

Each of these has a variety of micro and macronutrients, and in addition to using them internally, you can also use them topically to help treat any chicken illnesses or injuries.

1. Mint is one of the best herbs you can grow for your chickens. Not only does it lower body temperature, helping to keep your chickens cool and calm on a hot summer’s day, but it can also be used to destress and for its calming effects. This makes it a wonderful addition to a nesting box, where it’s more important than ever that your chickens remain relaxed. You can even put mint in your chickens’ water supply for a cool and refreshing drink. Another option is to hang bundles of mint around the coop. It is a natural rodent and insect deterrent, helping to discourage flies and other pests. You can provide harvested mint directly to your chickens or you can grow some in your garden for a fun, chicken friendly pecking garden. Just be warned wherever you grow mint, it will multiply rapidly. Where you once had one plant you will soon have dozens of others! However you choose to give mint to your flock, know that there are countless varieties to choose from including chocolate mint, lemon balm, catmint, peppermint, spearmint.

2. Lavender – is an herb that both you and your chickens are sure to love having around! It has a lovely smell, and can help your chickens by repelling pests in the coop as pests hate it! To use it, hang bundles in the coop or put it in a nesting box. It will help them calm down and has a relaxing effect. Lavender even has benefits for the circulatory system. Put some in the dust bath, and your chickens will enjoy visiting it each time.

3. Oregano – is another one of the best herbs to give your chickens. This one has strong antiparasitic and antibacterial properties. It’s also loaded with calcium, vitamins, and antioxidants, helping to support healthy immune and respiratory functioning. To use it, just chop fresh oregano leaves and mix it into the feed. As a perennial, oregano spreads easily, but not as bad as mint does.

4. Comfrey – is considered a weed by some, but if you have chickens, this is an herb you should definitely consider growing for your birds. It has long standing medicinal properties and there are many ways you can use it for chickens. Feed it to them fresh – it helps with digestion. You can also grow it as a perennial and allow your chickens to free range among the leaves. Some homesteaders even choose to make a salve out of comfrey leaves. It can be used on sore muscles, scrapes, scratches, bites, and more, helping to heal wounds of all kinds.

5. Calendula – Also known as the pot marigold, calendula is another healing herb to consider growing for your chickens. It is a herbaceous plant that is closely related to the daisy. You can tuck it between your vegetable plants to repel pests, and to give your chickens something to snack on. Also known to repel insects, making it a valuable choice for the infestation-prone chicken coop and nesting boxes. Flowers are edible – if your chickens choose to munch on calendula, you may find that the egg yolks have a vibrant orange color. High in oleanolic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory agent that has powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Use it on scrapes or cuts, or even as a salve to treat prolapsed vents.

6. Thyme – Perhaps one of the best culinary herbs, thyme is also a great option for chickens. Bugs aren’t fond of the smell – all you have to do is hang a few bundles around the run or sprinkle a bit in the nest boxes. Pests are gone!
There are many types of thyme you can grow and give to your chickens. Of them, lemon thyme has a wonderful citrusy smell that insects particularly hate. Most varieties of thyme have antibacterial properties, too, along with antibiotic benefits. Like mint, thyme also has a tendency to spread (though perhaps not quite as bad). It is a great groundcover, if you have the space – even the most aggressive chickens will have a hard time destroying it.

7. Stinging Nettles – considered weeds by many. and if you find yourself wrapped up in a patch of them, you’ll likely not want to view them as anything but a weed! Have some patience, though – and consider relocating the stinging nettles to the chicken coop. Here, they have lots of benefits for your chickens. They can help with both blood and nerve health, and are rich in crucial vitamins and minerals that your chickens need to stay healthy.

8. Garlic – is also rich in nutrients for your chickens – it has antiparasitic properties. Just add a dash to your chickens’ feed and you’ll be amazed at the results. It also has antimicrobial and antibiotic properties.

9. Nasturtium – are an easy to grow, flowering plant often used in gardens, require little maintenance. In addition, nasturtiums are known for their ability to repel pests, making them a valuable asset in any garden. Nasturtiums can also be used to benefit chickens. When chickens eat nasturtiums, they ingest compounds that help to prevent illnesses such as coccidiosis. In addition, the high levels of Vitamin C in nasturtiums can help to boost the immune system and repel parasites.

10. Yarrow – is a versatile herb, often found growing in the wild, that can be used for a variety of purposes, including as a natural remedy for chickens. This herb has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and astringent properties, making it effective in treating a range of chicken ailments, from colds and respiratory problems to digestive issues. Yarrow can be administered orally or topically, and is safe for regular use. When used as a preventative measure, yarrow can help to keep chickens healthy and free from disease. This makes it an ideal addition to any chicken coop.

11. Basil – is an aromatic herb that is commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine. Basil contains a variety of vitamins and minerals essential for chicken health, including vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium and basil can help to boost the immune system, making chickens less susceptible to disease. Fresh basil is best, but dried basil can also be used.
Simply sprinkle a few tablespoons of basil onto your chickens’ food, or add it to their water dish. Your chickens will love the taste of this flavorful herb.

12. Parsley – This leafy green vegetable is packed with nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin K, iron, and calcium.
Chickens love to eat parsley, and it can help to boost their immune system and keep them healthy and can help keep chickens’ coops clean by absorbing odors. As a result, parsley is an excellent way to keep your chickens happy and healthy.

13. Dill – You can add this versatile herb to their diet in a variety of ways. Fresh dill can be scattered in the coop or added to chicken feed. You can also dry dill and use it to make homemade chicken treats. It is also rich in vitamins and minerals. The herb contains vitamin A, which is essential for good vision, and calcium, which helps to strengthen bones.

14. Sage – is an herb that has a long history of use in cooking. It is also known for its medicinal properties, and it has been used to treat a variety of ailments. Recently, sage has also been gaining popularity as a natural way to control parasites in chickens. Chickens are susceptible to a number of parasites, including mites and ticks. These parasites can cause skin irritation, feather loss, and anemia. Sage oil contains compounds that have been shown to be effective against most common types of parasites. When added to the chicken coop, sage oil can help to keep chickens healthy and free of pests.

15. Echinacea – also known as coneflower, is a pretty addition to any flower garden. But this plant is not just a pretty face – it also has many benefits for chickens. Chickens are susceptible to a variety of illnesses, and echinacea can help to boost their immune systems and fight off disease. This herb is also effective in treating respiratory infections, and can be added to chicken feed or given as a treat. In addition, echinacea is rich in vitamins and minerals that are essential for chicken health.

A Few More Healthy Herbs for Chickens

Whether you’re interested in growing perennial herbs (those that come back each year) or annual ones (herbs you will need to replant) for your chickens, it’s easy to see that there are plenty of options to choose from.
Here are 20 more for you to choose from: Lemon balm, Rosemary, Plantain, Bee balm (also known as monarda), Chamomile, Fennel, Bay leaves, Borage, Catnip, Cayenne, Chervil, Chives, Cilantro, Dandelion, Goldenseal, Hyssop, Chickweed, Lovage, Pineapple sage, Tarragon.

How to Use Herbs for Your Chickens
The easiest way is to just give them to your chickens to eat fresh. You can also hang a few in the coop to let them pick at them, or mix them into the feed. You can even use herbs as a form of chicken aromatherapy – simply hang herbs in the chicken coop and let them work their magic!

Just make sure you remove any leftover herbs (regardless of which method you try) within a few days of feeding them out.
That way, they don’t start to mold and decompose in your coop.

Another option is to grow these medicinal herbs around the coop and run area – just be warned, your chickens might destroy them!

You can process your favorite herbs into healing salves or essential oils.

Choose to make an essential oil spray, and you can use this spray directly on your chickens or to clean particularly grimy areas of the coop, like the nesting boxes.

A final method of giving herbs to your chickens is to put them in the nesting boxes. This doesn’t mean you can get away with not cleaning the nesting boxes, but it does provide a nice way to keep the nesting boxes smelling great and your chickens happy and healthy.

Herbs are a great way to keep your chickens healthy and can be used as both preventative and treatment measures.


Food Shortages In Six Months – The Globalists Are Telling Us What Happens Next

Empty Food Shelves

Brandon Smith of Alt-Market has written an excellent commentary about what the Globalists are warning us about coming food shortages.

In mid 2007 the Bank for International Settlements (The central bank of central banks) released a statement predicting an impending “Great Depression” caused by a credit market implosion. That same year the International Monetary Fund also published warnings of “subprime woes” leading to wider economic strife.

I started writing alternative economic analysis only a year earlier in 2006 and I immediately thought it was strange that these massive globalist institutions with far reaching influence on the financial world were suddenly starting to sound a lot like those of us in the liberty movement.

This was 16 years ago, so many people reading this might not even remember, but in 2007 the alternative media had already been warning about an impending deflationary crash in US markets and housing for some time. And, not surprisingly, the mainstream media was always there to deny all of our concerns as “doom mongering” and “conspiracy theory.” Less than a year later the first companies awash in derivatives began to announce they were on the verge of bankruptcy and everything tanked.

The media response? They made two very bizarre claims simultaneously: “No one could have seen it coming” and “We saw this coming a mile away.” Mainstream journalists scrambled to position themselves as the soothsayers of the day as if they said all along that the crash was imminent, yet, there were only a handful of people who actually did call it and none of them were in the MSM. Also ignored was the fact that the BIS and IMF had published their own “predictions” well before the crash; the media pretended as if they did not exist.

In the alternative media we watch the statements and open admissions of the globalists VERY carefully because they are not in the business of threat analysis; rather, they are in the business of threat synthesis. That is to say, if something goes very wrong in the world economically, central bankers and money elites with aspirations of a single centralized economic authority for the world are ALWAYS found to have a hand in that disaster.

For some reason, they like to tell us what they are about to do before they do it.

The idea that globalists artificially create economic collapse events will of course be criticized as “conspiracy theory,” but it is a FACT. For more information on the reality of deliberate financial sabotage and the “order out of chaos” ideology of globalists please read my articles ‘Fed One Meeting Away From Creating A Doomsday Sinkhole’ and ‘What Is The Great Reset And What Do The Globalists Actually Want?’

The Great Reset agenda proposed by WEF head Klaus Schwab is just one example of the many discussions hidden in plain sight by globalists concerning their plans to use economic and social decline as an “opportunity” to quickly establish a new one world system based on socialism and technocracy.

The primary problem with discerning what the globalists are planning is not in uncovering secret agendas – They tend to openly discuss their agendas if you know where to look. No, the problem is in separating the admissions from the disinformation, the lies from the truth. This requires matching up globalist white papers and statements to the facts and evidence at hand in the real world. Let’s look specifically at the food shortage problem in detail…

Food Shortages In Six Months

A week ago there was a torrent of press releases from global institutions all mentioning the same exact same concern: Food shortages within the next 3 to 6 months. These statements line up very closely with my own estimates, as I have been warning regularly about impending dangers of inflation leading to food rationing and supply chain disruptions.

The IMF, the BIS, World Bank, The UN, the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Economic Forum, Bank of America and even Biden himself are all predicting a major food crisis in the near term, and it is not a coincidence that the policies of these very institutions and the actions of puppet politicians that work with them are causing the crisis they are now predicting. That is to say, it’s easy to predict a disaster when you created the disaster.


Gray Man Theory: The Art Of Blending In During Disaster

The Grey Man Directive

Grey man – an individual who possesses the skills, ability and intent to blend into any situation or surrounding without standing out, concealing his or her true skills, ability, and intent from others.

The grey man directive, some say, cannot be learned. Some insist that being a grey man is just something you are–or you’re not. In this article and companion video, we take you inside the mind of a grey man, a man that understands the importance of blending in, careful to exist in the fringes between the pendulum swings of social paradigms. In most urban survival situations we will likely face at home, being grey is your best course of action to avoid kinetic confrontation. There is no complete manual on how to be grey; no written instruction to guide you. It’s instinctual, environmental, and situational dependent.

The Grey Man Directive is broken down into phases with Phase 0 being every day life in the United States and Phase 3 being an all out Road Warrior throw down in the streets. The directive assumes you will be interacting with your environment outside your home. We’d like to note that the term grey man refers to a man or a woman in context of this article.

In the first phase, or Phase 0 of the grey man directive (far right of fig. 1), there is little assessed clear and present danger to you, your loved ones or your property. In most–but not all–areas of the United States, we currently remain at the Phase 0 level. In this phase, we can afford to sacrifice firepower for stealth, as stealth is at the top of the grey man’s lexicon. Remember, generally the more “grey” you are, the less firepower and kit (equipment) you have on your person. It’s a trade off and a balance at the same time.

The gray man theory is a way of disappearing into the crowd so you can move unnoticed when disaster strikes. The idea is that you can conceal your preparedness by blending in with the crowd before or during an emergency.

While it is generally referred to as the ‘gray man theory,’ this theory can, of course, be applied to anyone, man or woman, of any age, who needs to blend into a crowd amidst a disastrous situation to conceal the fact that they have survival skills and/or are carrying tactical gear.

When you think of ‘blending in with the crowd’ it’s generally a negative, right?

Nobody wants to be just like everyone else. You want to be unique, to stand out – that is, until there’s an emergency and you’re the only one prepared. As a prudent prepper, you’ll be ready when disaster strikes, but what will everyone around you be doing?

Panicking, most likely. – In states of panic, people become desperate, and desperation can lead people to do whatever it takes to stay alive – at this point, you certainly don’t want to be singled out as the one person prepared for survival.

*** Disappearing into a crowd is an extremely useful survival skill.

*** Why Use the Gray Man Theory?
There are lots of advantages to blending in with the crowd when disaster strikes.

For starters, by not drawing attention to yourself, you’ll be able to move more quickly and easily through the crowd without alerting others to the fact that you are prepared to handle the situation.

Also, by blending in and appearing to be among the unprepared, you are less likely to make yourself a target of those in desperation who may try and take your survival gear off you by force.

The gray man theory is really about protecting yourself and your family by concealing the fact that you are indeed prepared to survive in the face of disaster.

Gray man theory – allows you to use the herd to your advantage.

*** The Benefits of Being a Gray Man
In a true disaster situation, your primary objective will be to protect yourself and your loved ones from harm. That will most likely entail moving them as quickly as possible to a safe place – be that your home or bug-out location.

In a disaster, everyone around you will have the same goal – get somewhere safe – but most will not have a sound plan in place, leading to frantic behavior and desperate attempts for survival.

In this situation, disappearing into the crowd and not drawing attention to yourself or your state of preparedness can greatly increase your chances of survival.

How many of these people look prepared to handle a crisis?

As most around you will be unprepared for disaster, you will undoubtedly feel the urge to help those in need. However, your number one priority needs to be your own survival and you should only help others if you can do so without endangering yourself.

By blending in, or becoming a gray man, you will be less likely to be approached by others seeking assistance and, more importantly, less likely to be targeted by opportunists looking to prey on those with the forethought to pack essential items for survival situations.

*** How To Be a Gray Man
The best way to not leave a lasting impression is to not leave any impression at all. This is the concept behind the gray man theory, and it sounds simple enough, but execution can be challenging.

When someone glances your way, they make a subconscious scan of what you look like and quickly file it away. They notice the broad strokes of how you look and not necessarily the details. It’s these broad strokes that you want to either manipulate or diminish. By manipulating the major things that people notice, you can manipulate how much they pay attention to you.

This guide will cover the basic concept behind the gray man theory and provide some key tips and tricks for effectively making yourself ‘invisible’ in a disaster scenario.

*** Steps to Becoming a Gray Man (or Woman)
The ultimate goal of becoming a gray man or woman is to camouflage yourself into appearing as though you are just part of the crowd to prevent others from identifying you as a potential gold mine of supplies or information. By exuding confidence and preparedness, you will draw in opportunists who will attempt to capitalize on your resourcefulness to the detriment of your own survival.

To conceal the fact that you are prepared with survival gear and skills from others, there are four key areas you will want to focus on: how you act, how you move, how you look, and how you carry your gear.

*** How You Act
Appear average and non-threatening. Be careful about what you say and to whom you say it – being known as strongly antagonistic or too outspoken about your political beliefs can lead others to make assumptions about you and mark you as a prepared individual.

Maintain conversation topics within the norm of the group. If small talk seems to be the normal thing to do, engage with others to not draw attention to yourself.

A good understanding of your surroundings is paramount. In a disaster, be careful to not be obvious when scanning areas for escape routes or possible problems with security. This type of behavior will be noticed and lead people to question what you’re looking for, or worse, what you’re trying to protect.

The gray man theory relies on not leaving an impression. Eye contact stimulates the brain to form memories so minimise looking others directly in the eyes to help you remain unnoticed.

One important skill to learn in adapting a gray man persona is maintaining your privacy without appearing overly private or obviously standoffish. When speaking with others, keep eye contact to a minimum as someone is more likely to notice you if they look in your eyes. Even brief eye contact when passing on the street can form a connection, making you more memorable than those around you.

*** How You Move
To not have someone take notice, you have to work on your demeanor. This part here is HUGELY important and usually how I used to pick out surveillance operators when I was on a counter-surveillance mission.

Your demeanor is basically not just what you’re doing but how you’re doing it. If you’re walking around with your head on a swivel looking for a threat, you look suspicious. It may work as part of a defensive posture so you don’t look like a victim but it could also draw some attention. Hollywood is really bad with this, especially when the actor is supposed to be some highly-trained operative and he’s skulking around like he’s about to steal someones cookies.

Ever heard the expression, “He smells like a cop”? That is typically due to their demeanor reminding them of how they envision cops act (when it’s not due to some combination of their pseudo-military outfit, hair style, and build).

Same thing goes for people who’ve spent a long time in the military. They have a certain air about them, stemming from their stature, how they walk, a different level of confidence or awareness, or one of several other traits that military people have in common. If you notice these things you can take advantage of them to help you either blend in with others in the area or lead someone astray about your background.

It’s the same thing as when you travel. If you walk around looking like a tourist, you may draw attention by criminals. They can tell by not just where you go and what you do but how long you stare at something or how you’re continually scanning the area because you don’t know exactly where you’re at.

Basically it comes down to acting naturally. People have expectations about how someone stands/sits/walks/performs certain actions/etc and if you do those things differently than their expectations, their observation of you will kick in and now you’re on their RADAR.

When moving, appear as much as possible to go with the flow, walking with purpose but not urgency. Any rapid motion will draw attention to you and raise suspicions as to your motives.

An integral part of the gray man theory is the ability to move through a crowd without drawing attention to yourself.
When navigating a crowd, make gradual progress – cutting through a sea of people at sharp angles will draw attention to your movements and make you appear suspicious. Whether others perceive you as a savior or threat, either one can slow you down.

Knowing the local landscape can be a tremendous advantage as the better you know local streets and landmarks, the better able you will be to navigate them and alter your route to avoid troublesome areas.

Unless it would impede your own safety, always appear to follow the herd. For instance, if everyone around you turns towards an explosive sound and gasps, join them. You don’t ever want to be the one person who is unaffected by an out-of-the-ordinary event as that draws attention.

Follow the focus of the crowd – notice the woman standing with her back turned? According to the gray man theory, in a SHTF scenario, this behavior could raise suspicion.

If you need to break away from the crowd, try and make your exit alongside a small group of people, keeping enough distance so that they know you’re not with them but close enough that you don’t appear to be alone, which makes you appear less conspicuous and vulnerable.

When observing your surroundings, be as discreet as possible. Leverage your peripheral vision as well as decoy objects, such as a piece of paper, to give the impression your attention is focused on the object as you survey the area. If appropriate, wear reflective sunglasses that hide your eyes, allowing you the freedom to scan rapidly without drawing attention.

Sunglasses on a sunny day are a good choice for obscuring your face. At night, they would have the opposite effect, drawing attention as something out of the norm.

If you need to engage in activities that will make noise and draw attention your way, try to take advantage of predictable noises to help mask the sound of any breaching you may need to do. Predictable noises include ‘white’ noises that people are accustomed to hearing and therefore raise little suspicion.

You can take advantage of distractions to make small moves toward your destination.

For instance, wait for a loud bus to pass before climbing into a dumpster or synchronize busting a window with a loud siren. If you need to get into a building, choose a door near a noisy HVAC condenser. These preparations may take a little bit of extra time to execute, but those few moments of patience will ensure your activities go unnoticed and may save your life.

*** How You Look
Which is the first person that you notice? Bright colors are easy to track through a crowd.

Avoid having any reflective materials or highly visible colors on your clothing and accessories, as well as any large text or memorable insignia. Any focal points can draw attention to you and hinder your attempts to blend in.

Even if this officer were in civilian clothing, the shiny handcuffs and holster would be highly visible and leave an impression on passersby.

It goes without saying that when trying to appear less prepared than you are, camo prints or other outwardly tactical-looking clothing are not the best choice, unless of course, you are in a situation where that type of dress is the norm, such as a hunting trip.

While you don’t have to dress head-to-toe in gray, subtle color choices blend best into crowds and make it easier for you to move unnoticed.

Ideally, you will want to keep any tactical gear concealed. This means packing your pockets and bags strategically to conceal them but also allow for quick access to key items. Reflective objects and bright colors will draw visual attention so ensure items such as your knife are tucked inside your clothing or bag, not hanging from your belt.

If possible, carry an additional item with you that can instantly change your look, such as a hat, sunglasses, or jacket, as this can be quite helpful. If someone does happen to peg you as a target, you can use the item to slip under their radar as they scan for you in a crowd.

One last word of caution – be mindful of the way you smell. Yes, smell. Believe it or not, scent is a major memory trigger, so try not to have a noticeable scent about you when trying to blend in.

*** How You Carry Your Gear and What You Carry
The simplest solution to carrying your gear unnoticed is to find a discreet every day carry bag that blends well with your typical daily routine. Backpacks and messenger bags commonly seen on commuters are good choices as these tend to be less obvious. You can also find pocketbooks with compartmentalized interiors that can make it quick and easy to access your gear.

There are many options for a tactical bag with a low profile that can fit into your typical style without drawing attention.

Another good choice that lends itself well to blending is a jacket or vest with a streetwear outward appearance but hidden storage on the inside. Pants with pockets, especially cargo pants, are excellent for storing gear but may not be the most appropriate choice for people who work in an office with a formal dress code.

The gear you carry with you daily should also be discreet if you want to be a gray man. For example, for self-defense, you may opt for a tactical pen or a discreet folding knife such as the Boker Subcom folding knife, which can even double as a money clip.

A compact flashlight such as the Fenix E05 is so compact it can easily be carried on a keychain without attracting.

*** Conclusion
In the immediate aftermath of a disaster or in a post-apocalyptic scenario, the ability to conceal yourself as a gray man can be an extremely useful survival skill. The last thing you want is for all your time and effort put into prepping to be for naught by having your supplies taken off you by someone less prepared and more desperate.

To improve your gray man abilities, observe the way people dress and act as you go about your day – what stands out, what makes various people noticeable? This can help you hone in on the objects and behaviors that draw attention.

Combining this knowledge with the four key steps to becoming a gray man will put you well on your way to being able to ‘disappear’ into any crowd and increase your chances of survival.

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10 Prepping mistakes to avoid before SHTF

Prepper Survival Man

Ignoring the basics

Before even touching the more complicated aspects of being a prepper, you should make sure to have your fundamental prepping skills covered. Some of these basic skills include first aid and emergency medical care, water purification, food preservation and fire-making.

Going over your budget

Prepping is undoubtedly an investment, but that doesn’t mean you should have to spend beyond your means. It is possible to prep even while on a tight budget. However, you may have to change your spending habits and plan your expenses ahead of time. Remember to stick to your budget and buy only what you need – your wants can (and should) wait.

Focusing on supplies instead of skills

No matter how much survival gear you stockpile, you can’t use an abundance of supplies to compensate for a lack of skill. Prepping equipment can be destroyed, lost or stolen, but as long as you regularly practice your survival skills, they can never be taken away from you. Invest in skills more than supplies. This can also help you stay within your budget.

Ignoring your health

It is easy to take your health for granted, but when SHTF, physical fitness is crucial to your survival. Staying in peak physical condition means that you will have a much easier time lifting heavy objects, traversing difficult terrain and outrunning your enemies. Simply put, your chances of survival are greater if you’ve been living a physically active lifestyle rather than a sedentary one. (Related: Why physical fitness is crucial for survival (and why all preppers need to take good care of their bodies).)

Not properly rotating your food supply

A common problem with long-term food storage is that once you’ve bought it and placed it in the pantry, you tend to forget about it until an emergency happens. By the time one does occur, the food might have already gone bad. You can avoid this problem by making an inventory of all the food you buy and marking their expiration dates. If you stock up on raw ingredients, it is also useful to learn how to make meals from scratch. You can also supplement your food supply by learning how to fish, hunt and forage for food.

Overlooking your local SHTF situation

Not all survival situations will happen on a large scale. Sometimes, a crisis may only affect your local community, your family or even just you specifically. Just because a crisis doesn’t affect everyone else doesn’t mean you should underestimate it. Give it your proper attention and resolve it immediately.

Trying to convince everyone to be preppers

You think you might be doing everyone a favor by trying to convince them to prepare for some unseen future disaster, but it’s probably not worth your time and effort to “convert” these people. Unfortunately, not everyone is fit for the prepping lifestyle or willing to actively engage in it. You’re more likely to end up outing yourself as a prepper.

Preparing for only one kind of disaster

Even if your specific location is only prone to a single type of disaster, anything can still happen, so you should be able to change your plans accordingly. Think about all the possible scenarios that could happen and create contingency plans in case anything goes wrong.

Not putting in the hard work

No one simply becomes a prepper overnight. True prepping is a full-time commitment that requires a lot of planning and effort. If you want to reap the rewards, you need to first put in the hard work. This often entails setting up your bug-out location, tending to your edible garden, crafting DIY prepping equipment and practicing your prepping skills. It’s also easy to become complacent by thinking that you’ve already “prepared enough,” so sharpen those survival skills to avoid getting rusty.

Trying to do too much all at once

On the other side of the spectrum, you could fall into the trap of doing too much all at once. If you take on more tasks than you can handle, you’re more likely to end up starting too many prepping projects and finishing none of them. You could also end up rushing through your tasks, which could result in costly mistakes in the long run. Pace yourself and learn to organize your priorities. This will help you go through your tasks more efficiently.

Even if you’ve committed any of these prepping mistakes in the past, all that matters now is that you’ve learned from them and can properly avoid them in the future.


Lara Logan Predicts

Lara Logan Predicts

The coming catastrophe has been 20 years in the making. It will take a Herculean effort by a huge number of people to pull the fat out of the fire at this stage and I don’t see any signs of it yet.