It is already difficult to enter most restaurants without having to wear a “mask” – that is, any old rag – as the precondition of being allowed within.
You must play your part in the sickness ritual of putting it on to walk inside and then take it off at the table while you eat – then put it on again to walk out after your meal. The point being to make you play your part – unless you are one of the Faithful who bee-lieves that viruses don’t spread at the table but only while you’re walking to and fro.
And that intermittently wearing a disgusting Mouth Codpiece will protect you.
If it isn’t – which seems likely given the new Hypochondriac-in-Chief – then it will become necessary to find ways to eat without leaving home.
One such way is to reproduce your food. Get a few chickens – but don’t eat them.
Eat their eggs!
I currently have seven hens, raised from chicks purchased for approximately the cost of a large, everything-on-it pizza, which you can only eat once. The girls lay at least half a dozen eggs every day, which is enough high-quality protein for two people’s needs without ever having to worry about wearing a Mouth Codpiece or being Jabbed. The eggs canbe added to pasta dishes, made into sandwiches or eaten just as they are, boiled or fried or however you like.
It’s all delicious And chickens are cheap – and easy.
They can also be kept almost anywhere there isn’t an HOA – and some green space for them to forage. They don’t need much and if you have an acre or so of land, you’ll find you hardly have to feed them at all because they will feed themselves, eating grass and bugs and all the natural things chickens are supposed to eat and which makes the eggs they lay actually “free range” and truly “organic” in the real-deal rather than the marketing sense.
If you have never eaten an egg that was laid the day you ate it, you haven’t eaten eggs. Not real eggs. With bright orange-red yolks that stand firm like a golf ball – unlike the pastel yellowish and saggy yolks you get when you crack open a store-bought egg, which is almost always an old egg.
And the taste is just the beginning.
The nutritional value of fresh, actually-free-range eggs vs. the store bought factory-farm egg is astounding, especially as regards the cholesterol/fat that’s bad for you and the cholesterol/fat that is healthy for you.
That is factual. Anecdotally, I will convey to you that I feel supercharged and ready to work after I eat 2-3 fresh eggs. Store-bought eggs have never done that for me, even the ones marketed as “organic” and “free range.”
These eggs are also expensive – about $6 per dozen. To put that into some context, a 50 pound bag of supplemental feed – necessary during the winter, when there is less forage for the girls – costs about $15 at the mill. That bag is enough to feed the birds for a month – a lot longer than a $6 carton of store-bought eggs will feed you.
The girls don’t need much else – including a rooster, unless you want to generate birds as well as eggs. But think about it before you do it. Roosters can be hard on hens, they eat but don’t lay eggs and they make a lot of noise, which your neighbors may not like and which will also – in a scarcity situation – call attention to the fact that you have food.
Some people think a rooster is necessary to get eggs; this is absolutely not true. Hens will produce eggs even if they’ve never seen a rooster much less been fertilized by one. The only difference is the eggs can’t hatch.
Chickens don’t ask for much given all they give. The main things they do need are: Shelter, forage/food and water. The shelter can be almost anything that provides them with . . . shelter. Something that protects them from severe weather and from predators at night, when chickens – like most birds – go inert. You can build a “coop” out of almost anything – or buy one.
It can be a lot of fun designing a coop! You will probably go through several types, if you stick with raising chickens. I am on my third design, a walk-in model made by me from four sheet of 4×8 and some 2x4s. It has electric lighting and an electric outlet, which comes in handy for a water heater – which is probably the single biggest “hassle” with raising chickens, if you live where it gets cold.
Because the water will freeze otherwise and birds need water. Don’t neglect this or you will soon have fewer birds.
A fenced-in area – or “run” – is nice but not essential. Chickens, contrary to popular opinion, aren’t stupid birds. They know where they live and will stay in the area and return to their home/coop every night to be tucked in by you.
Having chickens is a great – because easy and cheap – way to get started on the road to maskless self-sufficiency. The more you can do to feed yourself, the less you’ll have to submit to in order to be fed!
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