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  1. Great article. Not too many people stop to think about how Supply & Demand plays a big role.
    We are constantly trying new foods with the chickens and we did not know they like crab apples! We have one very young tree that we haven’t gotten any fruit from yet. I think we may sprinkle a few more around the homestead. We share zucchini and cucumbers when we are over run or find a hidden giant. We are going to build a chicken garden out of scrap material as a “flower bed” in front of the coop. They also enjoy produce trimmings like strawberry tops, melon seeds and rinds and leftovers.

  2. The writer said he/she wanted to discuss Chaos theory and Supply and Demand; sounds like it could be interesting. I hope writer gets to it in part 2. Unpredictable triggers setting off extreme events with unpredictable results — sounds like the S_ _ _ hitting the fan followed by TEOTWAWKI. Raising chickens without store bought feed could be interesting to maybe there will be more on that in Part 2. I would like to be supportive but I can’t quite figuar out what the topic is for this one.

    1. Sorry, I agree first part may be a bit tough to follow. Take home message for the chaos discussion is that a collapse is inevitable, but timing is unpredictable.

      I hope the practical suggestions make up for the abstractness of the first part.

  3. Well i’m not sure “tough to follow” is the correct word. I think most of us can follow reasonably well but the introduction of the Chaos Theory may be to impress us, rather than provide any substantive material for prediction of SHTF events. Your notation of a butterfly flapping it’s wing off the coast of Africa seems to be a take off of Wikipedia’s description of Chaos Theory “butterfly flapping it’s wings in China can cause a hurricane in Texas”.

    I’m not sure that I am really interested in theoretical non linear applications to preparedness. Attempting to make something complex sometimes will lose the reader.

  4. Another bug getter, is the “fly trap” sold in hardware stores. They have a bait that is very attractive to flies. Add some water and tie it to a treeAnd, they stink. After a few days, you should have nice bunch of flies in the trap. Bob appetit.

  5. I hang a bug zapper in the coop’s run. The hens hear the zap, and head straight for where critter fritters inevitably land. It feeds the hens and controls the flies. Who could ask for more?

  6. As a visual/abstract thinking person myself, I found your method of connecting the dots quite interesting and thoughtful. The purpose to me just seems to describe the imminent failure of systems in a different way than how I have seen it described elsewhere. If there is a bucket of water balancing on a 2×4, it won’t take much to create a cascading event. This, to me, is more convincing than say some conspiracy theory where accurate facts are not easily obtainable to verify its validity and that therefore may or may not be easily written off by a reader. I look forward to part 2.

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