Today the Hack program on Triple J had a report on Survivalists. They interviewed Jake Cassa (I don’t really want to give him any traffic, yet if you are interested…), a Survivalist from the state of NSW. The interview starts at 17:48.
This is the first time I have heard of Jake, and to be honest, he sounds like a total loon. He talks about eating cats, Wallabies and Vegetarian people! He seems to be looking forward to an apocalypse that would wipe out most of humanity. He discusses prepping for a Zombie Apocalypse and fighting a tyrannical government. This kind of interview does little to teach people about Preppers and is actually doing harm to the Prepper movement.
They talk to a person called Bob Cooper who actually did provide an interesting interview. He tried to provide useful advice and discussed a couple of things which I have been planning to write about in the next week or so (such as camp fires).
Listen in if you are interested.
I created an Instructable on growing fodder almost three years ago. I have been using the system since then and I have been happy with the results. The system uses small, rectangular, plastic containers to grow the fodder. I use a wire sieve to drain water, and I end up with great pieces of fodder. This was perfect for feeding my rabbits.
That being said, lately I have begun to consider a better way to run the system. I now use my fodder for supplementing my chicken’s feed. This process takes much less time to get a result and the chickens don’t appear to like to eat the green shoots from the fodder. I therefore give them the grains just before they grow the green shoots. They have put our little white sprouts and have almost doubled in size.
The other evening, after finishing work and preparing the chickens food, I realised I could modify my fodder system to be my useful. I am still considering this, yet I think I have a great plan.
Rather than using the rectangular storage containers (which have proven to have become more expensive, causing me to be cautious about purchasing more), I have decided to use cheap, plastic buckets. My hardware store sells plastic buckets for less than $1 each. I usually by a couple every now and then… they are terrible quality, breaking after a couple of months use. As they are so cheap, I can use them for this project. I bought a couple the other day and, using a 3mm drill but, I drilled multiple holes into the bottom of each one. This turns each bucket into both the grow container and a sieve to allow the water to escape.
I pour the grain into the holey bucket, place that bucket into another (undamaged) bucket, and then add sufficient water to cover the grain. Then I placed these two nestled buckets on a shelf. The next day, I will remove the holey bucket from the other, and allow the water to drain. Once drained, I placed it back on the shelf.
The bucket sits on the shelf for several days… if the weather is too warm I might immerse the bucket into more water, to revitalise the grain, yet after 5 days, the fodder is ready.
As I said, the fodder is for the chickens, so it is not in a block like my previous fodder. This system will allow me to have more fodder on the go, with different coloured buckets for different animals. I will continue trying this out before creating a new Instructable and letting you all know.