Monday, June 25, 2012
I'm Gonna 'Bug Out' in the Chicken Coop....
CLUCK, CLUCK, CLUCK!!!
Were we the only couple to sit down and watch the show "Doomsday Preppers"??? This was a show that featured people who are preparing for catastrophic events that would drastically change the world. I was both fascinated by these people and at the same time, terrified because of them. I was not afraid of them as in I felt in danger by them, it was more of the fact that they showed me how unprepared for uncivil unrest we really are.
According to Urban Dictionary, the term "bugging out" means: "To move away from your current location very quickly (often under fire) because your position has been compromised by the enemy."
"Bugging out" is a very popular term used by preppers. It's their escape plan. Most of them have a "bug out" location...usually in some remote rural area and underground. These people buy "bug out" shelters that cost more than your average home, and they fill it with anything from freeze-dried food to your most luxury modern convinces. Now I know the world is supposed to end on December 21, 2012...or the world is going to immediately change at 12:00 A.M. on that day, but let's just hypothetically say that it does not....not on that day or any day (hopefully) in our/their lifetime....they just spent so much time and money setting aside these "preps"...talk about a waste!
Anyway, this all came to my mind after reading an article in the May/June issue of Chickens Magazine, about what else??? eggs. When an egg come out of a chicken, it has a natural protectant seal covering it. By simply washing the egg, it takes that seal away. Now listen to this: an unwashed egg can last for up to 6 months in the refrigerator...or in temperatures of 40 degrees Fahrenheit!!! So I don't want to hear any more comments on receiving poopy eggs! I never wash my eggs...I always just thought it was a materialistic waste of time. Putting the gg in the cartoon with the pointy-end down also helps keep them fresher longer.
As soon as I read this, I thought about the episode of "Doomsday preppers" where this lady showed how she smeared her eggs in something...and I can't for the life of me remember what it is....and she said it made her eggs last for months. At first I thought she was full of it, but now I believe her. I will never again get stressed out when a cartoon of eggs has sat in the fridge for a month! Now don't assume this on store-bought eggs...I'm sure those have been washed because God forbid someone finds a spot of poo on their breakfast in the morning. (Remember folks, most animal poo is naturally considered "organic".)
I didn't think I had a "bug out" plan before, but now I do. I'll be hiding out in the chicken coop eating eggs and an occasional non-laying hen. I just need to devise a way I can incubate eggs without electricity....if I don't have a broody hen at the time...hmmmmm. Though many nights after this show I tried to convince Dan to buy us a bunker. I have the best place for it where no one would find it. So far no moves have been made to order my bunker, but he did go on a bullet shopping spree.
...cluck... cluck... cluck...
"Odd Eggs." Chickens Magazine May/June. 2012:22