The Chicks Hatched. Now what?

The Chicks Hatched. Now what?

Saturday, April 14, 2018


Mic Roland


  1. Chicks at One Week
    22 Apr, 2018
    Chicks at One Week
    Okay. I won’t write about chickens every week. But, it is fascinating how much chicks develop in just their first week of life. They progress from helpless fluffy lumps to miniature chickens with much of their adult behavior. By one week old, they’ve grown in their flight feathers and their little tail feathers are growing in. They can’t fly yet, but not for lack of trying. They will run back and forth, flapping their wings. They will be able to fly fairly soon. And, as light-weight birds, they
  2. Incubating Chicken Eggs
    09 Apr, 2018
    Incubating Chicken Eggs
    I started this year’s batch of eggs earlier than in years past. This batch just passed the two-week mark. Every year, I incubate a modest batch of eggs to create replacements for the “retirees” in the flock. If you’ve ever thought about keeping a small flock of hens, and thought about incubating eggs, here’s a quick primer on incubating chicken eggs. You can start a flock by skipping eggs altogether and buying chicks from a feed store or hatchery, of course.  That is how we started. If you’re
  3. Survival Gear Test 2.0 -- Another Night in the Woods
    29 Mar, 2018
    Survival Gear Test 2.0 -- Another Night in the Woods
    Since Todd at was kind enough to re-run an old post of mine about my first dry run of my Truck Bag, I thought it might be of some interest to post how my follow up test last August had worked out.  After all, I learned some lessons and had made some adjustments to my Truck Bag, based on my experience with Night In The Woods 1.0.  I was eager to see if things went better…or not...and how. Like Test 1.0, I had a day picked out well in advance, so I would not be able to cherry
  4. Natural Sweet: Making Maple Syrup
    17 Mar, 2018
    Natural Sweet: Making Maple Syrup
    Winter: everything is frozen and buried under snow. It's a time off from gardens and harvests. The exception to that is making maple syrup. It is one of the more interesting harvests around the homestead, as it is a sweetener.  There's not a lot of sugar cane grown here in New Hampshire. We do, however, have maple trees.  Making our own sweetener from the land adds to that sense of self-sufficiency. This post is a description of the process we go through. For about six weeks, from mid-February
  5. Modern State Slavery & MLK Day
    15 Jan, 2018
    Modern State Slavery & MLK Day
    While cutting up a downed maple tree today, ( the pond was frozen), I was musing about the subtlety of modern slavery. An editorial in the Sunday paper cited some very brief quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville regarding freedom and the benevolent dictatorship of the modern state.  De Tocqueville's concerns about the tyranny of the modern state seemed an apt topic for a prepper to muse on for MLK Day. Below are extended quotes from Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” (1840), Volume II,
  6. Cold Snap & Shortages
    08 Jan, 2018
    Cold Snap & Shortages
    Around Christmas, the temps dropped to below zero at night: barely cracking single digits during the day. This extended sub-zero cold spell caught me off guard. I nearly ran out of heating oil.  It was also a refresher lesson in supply chain Inelasticity and the need to have alternatives. The house came with oil heat which we use as a supplement to the wood stove and to heat water. We still run the boiler periodically on cold nights to keep one loop from freezing. During the cold wave, we were
  7. Chickens in Winter
    30 Dec, 2017
    Chickens in Winter
    New Hampshire has gotten a long spell of subzero temperatures lately. We've had -10 at the house overnight. Daytime "highs" were in single digits.  While we put on a thicker sweater and sit closer to the wood stove, what about our chickens out back in the coop? Do we provide them with some supplementary heat? Actually, no. Many chicken breeds are quite hardy when it comes to the cold -- often more so than handling the summer heat. After all, the wild turkeys, cardinals, chickadees and such,
  8. Prepper Lessons from Puerto Rico
    23 Nov, 2017
    Prepper Lessons from Puerto Rico
    Even if you don’t live in a hurricane zone, what happened to the people of Puerto Rico — even months after the initial hurricane damage — holds several useful lessons for the attentive prepper. The storm trashed the island’s power grid. Months later, thousands of Puerto Ricans still remain without power. Lesson One: Crime and Chaos are not instantaneous “givens.” As a writer of post-apocalyptic fiction, the most interesting takeaway from the devistation of Puerto Rico was the absence of Mad Max
  9. Survival Food: Sauerkraut
    08 Oct, 2017
    Survival Food: Sauerkraut
    If the trucks stopped resupplying the stores, for whatever reason, serious preppers know they will need to plant a “Crisis Garden” to produce their own sustainable food source. Growing enough food to sustain you and your family through the winter would be challenging. Carbs and protein are necessary but many vitamins are also crucial to staying healthy. Growing vitamins is tougher.  Vitamin C, for instance, is particularly important for keeping your immune system strong. C also helps your body