Livestock on Your Homestead – A Model of Productivity and Stealth

If you’re raising animals for meat protein, you’ll want to see how Rick Austin does it. When it comes to livestock on your homestead, he sets forth a model of productivity and stealth.

Rick is my guest on DestinySurvival Radio this week to talk about Secret Livestock of Survival. Below I’ll tell you about his book as well as give a few hints of what we talked about.

View what I’ve written about a couple of Rick’s previous DestinySurvival Radio visits and his two other books by going here and here.

The Stealthy Homesteader

If you’re not familiar with Rick, here’s some background info.

“Rick Austin is known as the Survivalist Gardener, and is a preparedness, homesteading and off grid living expert. He is the author of Secret Garden of Survival–How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest which is now the #1 Best Selling book in Garden Design.

“Rick is also the author of the Secret Greenhouse of Survival–How to Build the Ultimate Homestead and Prepper Greenhouse and Secret Livestock of Survival – How to Raise the Very Best Choices for Retreat and Homestead Livestock.

“Rick is a nationally recognized speaker on survival preparedness and has been featured on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Castle, Doomsday Preppers, the documentary film Beyond Off Grid, as well as in Newsweek, American Survival Guide, Prepper &Shooter, Prepare Magazine, and in Mother Earth News (three times).

“You can also hear Rick on his #1 rated radio show- Secrets of a Survivalist -on the #1 Preparedness Radio Network, where each week he talks with the world’s best survival experts that share their own secrets of survival.”

The Guiding Philosophy

Rick says he likes to think outside the box. That sounds cliche, but he puts it into practice.

Just like in Rick’s previous two books in this series, Secret Livestock of Survival, will show you how to grow your own sources of food–in this case protein–with a much better return on your investment of time, money, feed, housing and real estate, than with traditional homestead thinking. Plus, these livestock animals are discrete, so most people won’t even know you are raising them.


Secret Livestock of Survival


The Brief Overview

This is an easy to read, enjoyable book, loaded with colorful pictures. Each chapter is a mini primer. Of course, many books can be, and have been, written on the subject covered in each chapter.

Rick begins by making the case for organic, sustainably grown food. It’s simply healthier than conventionally produced and processed food. He’s so passionate about this that he couldn’t help but talk about it during the first few minutes of our conversation.

In the first chapter he summarizes what his first two books are about as a way of establishing his credentials for what he presents. He also covered a little of this when we spoke.

Homesteading can be labor intensive, but Rick has found a number of labor saving, cost cutting ways to do it. As a result, you’ll find numerous sensible gems throughout the book, including recommended resources. He refers readers to several YouTube videos he has produced.

What you’ll find in this book isn’t theory. It’s clear as you read that Rick writes from his own experience. If you’re a homesteader or farmer, you may agree or disagree with some of what you read; but he’s doing what works for him. Thus, he recommends it to his intended readers because it can work for them as well.

It’s clear Rick carefully thinks through what he does. Stealth is important. So is strategy. The animals on Rick’s homestead are part of his method to grow wholesome food without chemicals and fertilizers while keepin it all hidden in plain sight.

Rick is blessed to have a wife (Survivor Jane) who supports what they’re doing. She pitches in to cook wonderful meals, can their abundant produce, make cheese and other dairy items, and more.

Uncounted synergistic relationships are in play on Rick’s property. You’ll recognize it as permaculture.

The Productive Livestock

Animals (and insects) mentioned in the book are ranked in order of return on investment and work. Rick is also quite selective about the animal breeds he raises.

It might sound strange at first, but something as simple as placing the barn closer to the house can make a big difference in animal care.

Meat onl the hoof, or on the foot, is how Rick gets around the problem of freezing and storing meat. In other words, butcher when you need to, rather than set aside a large supply of meat.

Rabbits – They’re easy to raise and are a good meat source. Can you conceive of 90 rabbits a year, each producing 12 pounds of meat?

In the book you’ll find tips on housing, breeding and butchering them. Rick tells how he provides his rabbits with food that replaces what normally comes from the feed store. For example, ever thought of feeding rabbits with barley sprouts?

Honey bees – They help with pollenation and, of course, produce honey. If keeping bees isn’t your thing, Rick suggests asking a local beekeeper to put hives on your place and care for them. You can divide the honey produced.

But he strongly encourages you to raise bees for yourself. It’s easier than you might think, and it’s a good investment.

Ducks – Rick prefers ducks for their eggs more so than for their meat. They lay more eggs than chickens. He has built a duck tractor, similar to a chicken tractor, for his young ducks.

Goats – Nigerian Dwarf goats are Rick’s preferred breed. He raises them for milk, rather than meat. Imagine a gallon and a half per day from three dairy goats. He says their milk doesn’t taste “goaty.” He and his wife preserve all that milk by making cheeses, yogurt, butter and ice cream.

Fish – Aquaponics is a trendy and intriguing way to raise fish and plants, but it is demanding and less appealing to Rick than digging and pond and stocking it with fish.

Chickens – Rick isn’t a fan of raising chickens, in spite of their popularity. They don’t produce meat as efficiently as rabbits, and they don’t lay as many eggs as ducks. His wife has a rare allergy to duck eggs, which is the reason he has chickens.

Pigs – While pigs are a meat animal, they’re farther down Rick’s ranked list. Butchering and processing are quite labor intensive. Nonetheless, like his other chapters, there’s good info in the one on raising pigs.

Nature’s Bounty – The chapter on hunting is short. While many idealize hunting, it’s not the best meat source for your family. Large game must be butchered, processed and preserved. It’s easier to hunt or trap small game, birds and fish.

That said, if you want to hunt and be stealthy about it, use a bow and arrow for larger animals and an air rifle or snares for smaller animals.

Protection and security – The chapter covering this topic focuses mostly on livestock guardian dogs. Other security tips are sprinkled throughout the book.

Rick doesn’t recommend raising…cattle, horses, sheep, geese, turkeys and several exotic animals. Remember, he’s homesteading on a small acreage and focuses on raising animals that give the most bang for the buck.

The Motivating Factors

A key to success in such a homesteading venture is to think like a producer, not a consumer. Rick and his wife aren’t going without any food. They have more than enough. And they’re doing it all on a small plot of land.

Not only are they practicing skills lost to most of us from previous generations, but they’re not dependent on the industrial food grid. Plus, they aren’t spending the money the rest of the population spends at grocery stores.

If you’re considering setting up a homestead like Rick’s, or if you want to modify your current arrangement, don’t wait. Now’s the time to get started. I can heartily recommend all three of his books to give you guidance.

The Information Gateway

I can only give you a taste of what’s in Rick’s book and what we talked about. Thus, you need to hear my conversation with him by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for December 1, 2016. (Right click to download.) Get Secret Livestock of Survival and Rick’s other books by clicking on their titles wherever you see them in this post.

Check out Rick’s site at

Rick and his wife would be happy to welcome you at Prepper Camp. Find out about it at

While most people think of preparing to live off the power grid, you could follow Rick Austin’s example and live off the industrial food grid. The less you rely on that, the wealthier and more secure you’ll be–for now and in the future.


A Doctor Gives Guidance on Storing Medications

Storing medications properly now means they’ll be more effective and last longer. You’ll find the video below of interest, whether you want to take care of your medicines today or you’re setting medications aside in anticipation of future difficulties.

Joe Alton of, MD, a.k.a. Dr. Bones, shares the following information as a public service to help you and me. Watch the video to glean his advice.



You might also like Dr. Alton’s article entitled Straight Talk About Expiration Dates.

Joe Alton and his wife Amy are coauthors of The Survival Medicine Handbook, and Joe is the author of The Zika Virus Handbook.

In addition to that, the Altons are creators of the Doom and Bloom SURVIVAL! Board Game.


A Few Thoughts on Giving Thanks, No Matter What

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18, King James Version

I’m not big on holidays, but I do enjoy Thanksgiving. Not just because of the food, but because it’s a time to take a breather and simply give thanks to God for the many blessings we have.

The past few years haven’t been easy for many of us. And it looks like things aren’t getting any better for some time to come. Our country didn’t get in the mess it’s in overnight. Any attempts to turn things around won’t happen overnight either.

I’m not going to suggest we sugar coat things and say things are better than what they are.

We get needed perspective on thankfulness from the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in the Scriptures. Notice that the verse says, “In everything give thanks.” It doesn’t say “For everything give thanks.”

Nonetheless, no matter what the situation, it’s possible to find something for which we can indeed be thankful. If nothing else, take time to be thankful for the basics–shelter, clothing, food and water.

Most of us in America live quite well compared to many people in poorer countries. We have a more comfortable lifestyle than our ancestors who lived 150 years ago or more.

Granted, it may not always be this way. As a prepper you know that.

But this isn’t just about material things. Be thankful you’re alive to read this right now. Each new day is a gift. In fact, as long as you’re breathing from minute to minute, you’re surviving, and there’s hope.

So remember, in everything give thanks.

Prepper’s Guide to Knots – Practical for Survival and Fun, Too

Knowing how to tie knots is a practical survival skill to have. And, believe it or not, it can be fun, too.

Nonetheless, I’ll be the first to acknowledge I’m no expert on knots. I have baseball bats for fingers, and tying knots is a challenge.

So after receiving a review of Prepper’s Guide to Knots, by Scott Finazzo, I began to have doubts. Surely, there are those who are more qualified to do a book review and podcast about tying knots than me.

But I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I enjoyed it and learned more than I expected. I believe you’ll want it in your survival library for sure.

If you’re like me and not up to speed on knots, Scott’s book is a great place to start. Plus, I have no doubt that knot veterans will find it useful, too.

In case you think the subject of tying knots isn’t very exciting, well, you’re not alone. But there’s more to it than you might guess.

To help me untangle the subject of knots, Scott joined me on DestinySurvival Radio this week. Below I’ll share a few strands of thoughts about the book, and I’ll string out a hint or two about our conversation.

Not a Not Nerd

Scott Finazzo is fascinated with ropes and tying knots, but he’ll tell you there are others with more knot knowledge and experience. Still, he’s knowledgeable enough to put forth this book.

Scott has been my DestinySurvival Radio guest before, and he’s always good at passing along down to earth information. If you’re not acquainted with him, here’s a little background.


Scott has been a firefighter for nearly 20 years and is currently serving as a lieutenant for the Overland Park, Kansas, Fire Department. He has been an instructor for firefighting tactics, confined space rescue, first aid, CPR, Community Emergency Response Teams, and other emergency training.

In addition to being an emergency responder and educator, Scott has been writing in various capacities for much of his life, contributing to blogs, magazines, and books. Scott’s first book, co-authored with Scott B. Williams, The Prepper’s Workbook, became a national best seller. He followed that up with the narrative of his kayak journey through the Virgin Islands called Why Do All the Locals Think We’re Crazy? Most recently he wrote The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook and Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook.

Scott has a bachelor’s degree in management and human relations, and two associate degrees. Follow him at


Looping Around to the Book


Prepper's Guide to Knots


As info from Scott’s publisher points out, when it comes to survival, tying the right knot can mean the difference between life and death. Ask our firefighters, national guard, and military personnel how ropework saves lives.

Prepper’s Guide to Knots is a step-by-step guide packed with 100 practical, easy to remember knots for both critical and everyday situations.

From the basic stopper knot, like an Overhand Knot, to the famously reliable Bowline Loop (which does not slip, loosen, or jam!), this book will teach you the ropework skills essential for survival.

Unraveling the Subject of Knots

Why this book? In his duties as a firefighter, Scott is a rope rescue technician and knows the value of knots in life saving situations.

While it’s true there are numerous other books out there on knots–some featuring hundreds of them–this one is meant to put forth a select group of knots which should prove useful to preppers for today and for disaster scenarios. Furthermore, knots are presented in a simplified, step by step format.

Most knots in this book require only a few steps to complete. I’m grateful for that because I find knots baffling.

What’s inside? The opening pages are full of interesting tidbits, such as uses for knots and the different kinds of rope in existence. You’ll find out about the materials used to make ropes, how to care for and clean ropes, and important definitions.

By the way, who knew rope needs care and maintenance? It’s not difficult to do, but not something to take lightly.

At 156 pages in print, this isn’t a large book. You’ll be able to take it with you on outdoor adventures.

Yet it isn’t too small to keep you from viewing the illustrations well.

Knots covered are divided into…

  • Basic Knots
  • Bends
  • Binding Knots
  • Loops
  • Coils

Instructions are simple and straightforward. “Knot Notes” and tips accompany many of the knots featured. They give historical background or some other useful tip.

Many of the knots are described in a single page, while others take up two.

Clear drawings comprise most of the book. You’ll see what the completed knot looks like at the top of the page as well as in the final step diagram. There’s plenty of white space to help you focus on the sketches, too. Scott gives credit to the design team at Ulysses Press for bringing everything together so well.

How will you use this book? Well, you won’t likely read it from cover to cover. Decide what task you have in mind, then look through the pages to find one or more knots that will help you do it.

Do you need to hoist or drag something? Maybe you want to tie something down on your truck. Or maybe you need a secure knot for a hiking or camping adventure. During our conversation I asked Scott his thoughts about putting up an old fashioned tire swing in a tree.

In any case, you’ll want to get acquainted with the knots featured in the book so you’ll have an idea of what will work in a given situation. You may want to start with knots that look fun and interesting.

Why not knots? You’ll learn what knots work best in certain circumstances. You’ll also learn what knots you shouldn’t use. For example, don’t use a square knot as a bend. Furthermore, some knots aren’t meant to take a load.

You’ll see knots with functions you may not have thought of. For example, did you know there’s a knot that will serve as the handle for a bottle or jug?

Many knots have interesting names, such as Cat’s Paw, Highwayman’s Hitch, Thief Knot and Tom Fool’s Knot.

As long as knots have been around in some form or other, it surprised me to learn that so many have been created in recent times. I mean since the 1980’s and ’90’s. And Scott says more variants are likely on the way.

Why knots now? Like other preparedness skills, don’t wait until an emergency scenario happens before you learn and practice knot tying. This is a book you’ll want to spend time with as you practice various knots.

Why not have some fun and get your kids or grandkids into knot tying, too? During our chat Scott gave guidance concerning what kind of rope to practice with.

Tying It All Together

Hear my conversation with Scott Finazzo by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for November 17, 2016. (Right click to download.)

Get Prepper’s Guide to Knots by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. I think you’ll agree, it’s worth having this one on hand.

Think about it. Knots can help you have a secure life–in more ways than one.


Landfall – Entertaining and Instructive

When the big one hits, such as an EMP, many of us will be miles from home. But what if you were even farther away, like out at sea?

That’s where a handful of people find themselves in Scott B. Williams’ novel, Landfall: Islands in the Aftermath. It’s volume four in The Pulse Series. It’s a story that lets the imagination go to places far away, while giving you and me the chance to ponder how we would face life that’s different than anything we’ve known to date.

There’s a lot of post-apocalyptic, prepper-oriented fiction out there these days, but I’m not interested in most of it. Scott B. Williams has a way of writing about ordinary people struggling to survive, which appeals to me.

At the risk of sounding cliche, Landfall is a page turner. I spoke with Scott about it on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio. Below I’ll tell you about the book, and I’ll drop a few hints about our conversation.

The Novelist

Perhaps you’ve heard one or more of my previous conversations with Scott, and you may be familiar with who he is. He’s a soft spoken and pleasant show guest.

If you don’t know Scott, here’s some background.

Scott B. Williams has been writing about his adventures for more than twenty-five years. His published work includes dozens of magazine articles and fifteen books. His interest in sea kayaking and sailing small boats to remote places led him to pursue the wilderness survival skills that he has written about in his popular survival nonfiction books and travel narratives such as On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean, an account of his two-year solo kayaking journey through the islands.

With the release of The Pulse in 2012, Scott began writing fiction and has since written multiple novels in The Pulse Series and The Darkness After Series, with more sequels in the works to each, as well as a new series coming later in 2016. To learn more about his upcoming books or to sign up for his new-release mailing list, visit Scott’s website at:


Landfall - Islands in the Aftermath


The Novel

Landfall: Islands in the Aftermath continues the saga of a small group people who have sought escape and refuge out at sea in the wake of a giant solar EMP, which has crippled much of the U.S. and beyond. But things don’t go as planned.

As the story begins, their catamaran is grounded on a reef. Larry’s partner Scully is missing, left behind in Florida waters, where the coast is under lock-down by the U.S. Navy. The impulsive actions of a stranger named Russell puts the group of survivors in still greater danger.


As with his other novels, Scott knows how to leave you and me in suspense. Action happens at just the right time. Cleverly planned chapter breaks will make you want to keep reading.

When Russell makes himself known to Larry and Artie, they must decide if they can take him along. Also, as Scully teams up with a couple he rescues, Thomas and Mindy, he ponders their usefulness to Larry’s growing community.

To me, this points out the need to have useful skills for survival if you’re to help both yourself and others. What do you have to offer the group you’ll be part of?

Most of the story takes place at sea in or near the Bahamas. Scott and I discussed how geography, particularly tiny islands, reefs, sandbars and wind, plays a significant role in events.

A little romantic tension is woven into the narrative with the interactions between Jessica, Grant and Casey. Then Russell enters the picture. Jessica isn’t Gran’ts girlfriend, but he finds himself protecting her from Russell’s unwelcomed advances.

As fate would have it, Larry and Jessica find themselves together later in the story, but you’ll have to read the book to decide if there’s any romance going on.


I enjoy reading the reflections of Scott’s characters at various points throughout his novels. It makes them more real. Scott says his stories are character driven.

The variety of characters is instructive to me. While each day you and I deal with individuals with different temperments and talents, think of what it would be like to have to get along with them in a survival situation.

When we first meet Russel, he has been stranded on a small island for weeks. He’d been abandoned by some Canadians he teamed up with to make their escape. As the novel unfolds, we see why he was left behind.

In early conversations on the boat with Larry and Artie, Russell brings up conspiracy theories about the EMP and it’s alleged real cause. He shows shallowness of character when he asks for pot and alcohol.

Larry pegs him as a harmless loudmouth–someone who has to be tolerated. But he underestimates Russell’s ability to pull a stunt that jeopardizes them all. It leads to a series of events that separates the group once again and puts each one in peril.

We catch up with the resourceful Scully as well, who is trapped with a couple, Thomas and Mindy, on an island in the Florida Keys. He rescued them by killing two assailants. In turn, they let him navigate their little boat to meet up with Larry and the rest.

Thomas represents those who see no need for firearms for self defense. But the solar EMP and its aftermath changed all that.

This may be a bit of a spoiler alert, but here goes.

Thanks to the loyalty the group members have for one another, as well as a fortuitous set of events, they find themselves back together at the end of the novel. But we’re left knowing there must be more to the story. Let’s hope it comes sooner than later.

The Further Exploration

There’s much more to my conversation with Scott B. Williams than I can relate here. Hear what we talked about by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for November 3, 2016 (Right click to download.)

At the risk of repeating myself, I enjoy Scott’s novels because they’re about ordinary people doing ordinary things, trying to survive in the aftermath of an unforeseen, widespread disaster. Though this series of novels portrays post-apocalyptic life, you don’t have to totally suspend your sense of disbelief as with so much fiction. And yet the story provides a means of entertainment and escape, as a good novel should.

Apparently other readers agree as evidenced by favorable reviews on Amazon. Get your copy of Landfall: Islands in the Aftermath by clicking on its title wherever you see it in this post.

Read and enjoy.


Fish Antibiotics – Will You Still be Able to Get Them?

Editor’s Note:Joe Alton, MD, a.k.a. Dr. Bones of, is a long time proponent of stocking up on fish antibiotics for the survival medicine kit. But will government regulation make them difficult to get?

Here’s his latest info on this topic, reproduced here with permission. – John


The Future of Fish Antibiotics in Survival?


Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens)

As the first physician to write, years ago, about aquarium and avian antibiotics as a survival tool, I’ve long realized their utility in preventing unnecessary deaths in true survival scenarios (in normal times, seek modern and standard medical care). Lately, I’ve received a lot of mail asking about the upcoming FDA Veterinary Feed Directive. Does it mean the end of the availability of fish and bird meds for placement in disaster medical storage?

To understand what the Veterinary Feed Directive is and what it means for the preparedness community, we should first describe the problem that the Directive aims to correct: Antibiotic resistance. There is an epidemic of antibiotic resistance in this country, and it exists, not because of pet bird or fish antibiotic use, not because “preppers” might put them in a disaster medical kit, nor even primarily from the overuse by physicians. It is due to the excessive use of antibiotics on livestock. About 80% of antibiotics used in the United States are given to food-producing animals.


The definition of a “Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drug”, according to section 504 of the FD&C Act (21 USC 354) states that it is “[a] drug intended for use in or on animal feed. The CDC’s goal #1 of decreasing the emergence of antibiotic resistance and preventing the spread of resistant infections has three objectives (see page 33):

1 -“Implement public health programs and reporting policies that advance antibiotic resistance prevention and foster antibiotic stewardship in healthcare settings and the community. “

2 -“Eliminate the use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion in animals and bring other in-feed uses of antibiotics, for treatment and disease control and prevention of disease, under veterinary oversight. “

3 –“Identify and implement measures to foster stewardship of antibiotics in animals.”

As you can see, 2 of 3 of the above relate specifically to animals. Why are so many antibiotics given to livestock? It’s not, primarily, to treat infections that they may have. It’s actually because, for reasons that aren’t completely clear, it seems to speed their growth and gets them to market sooner. In other words, the profit motive. This is standard practice here in the U.S., but some countries, like Denmark, have banned the use of antibiotics on livestock unless they need them to treat disease.

The FDA and CDC are concerned about the excessive use of antibiotics in general and, in particular, on the animals that produce our food. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden mentioned some months ago that an increased “stewardship” (in other words, control) of these meds was indicated to decrease the development of antibiotic resistance. The Veterinary Feed Directive is part of that response.

What are the drugs affected by the Veterinary Feed Directive? Here they are:

Established drug name Examples of proprietary drug name(s)
chlortetracycline Aureomycin, Aureomycyn, Chlora-Cycline, Chloronex, Chlortetracycline, Chlortetracycline Bisulfate, Chlortet-Soluble-O, CTC, Fermycin, Pennchlor
erythromycin Gallimycin
gentamicin Garacin, Gen-Gard, GentaMed, Gentocin, Gentoral
lincomycin Linco, Lincomed, Lincomix, Lincomycin, Lincomycin Hydrochloride, Lincosol, Linxmed-SP
lincomycin/spectinomycin Lincomycin S, Lincomycin-Spectinomycin, L-S, SpecLinx
neomycin Biosol Liquid, Neo, Neomed, Neomix, Neomycin, Neomycin Liquid, Neomycin Sulfate, Neo-Sol, Neosol, Neosol-Oral, Neovet
oxytetracycline Agrimycin, Citratet, Medamycin, Oxymarine, Oxymycin, Oxy-Sol, Oxytet, Oxytetracycline, Oxytetracycline HCL, Oxy WS, Pennox, Terramycin, Terra-Vet, Tetravet-CA, Tetroxy, Tetroxy Aquatic, Tetroxy HCA
penicillin Han-Pen, Penaqua Sol-G, Penicillin G Potassium, R-Pen, Solu-Pen
spectinomycin Spectam
sulfadimethoxine Agribon, Albon, Di-Methox, SDM, Sulfabiotic, Sulfadimethoxine, Sulfadived, Sulfamed-G, Sulforal, Sulfasol
sulfamethazine SMZ-Med, Sulfa, Sulmet
sulfaquinoxaline S.Q. Solution, Sulfa-Nox, Sulfaquinoxaline Sodium, Sulfaquinoxaline Solubilized, Sul-Q-Nox, Sulquin
tetracycline Duramycin, Polyotic, Solu/Tet, Solu-Tet, Supercycline, Terra-Vet, Tet, Tetra-Bac, Tetracycline, Tetracycline Hydrochloride, Tetramed, Tetra-Sal, Tetrasol, Tet-Sol, TC Vet

“Note: apramycin, carbomycin/oxytetracycline*, chlortetracycline/sulfamethazine*, streptomycin, sulfachloropyrazine, sulfachlorpyridazine, and sulfamerazine/sulfamethazine/sulfaquinoxaline * are expected to transition to Rx status, but are not marketed at this time. If they return to the market after January 1, 2017, they will require a prescription from a veterinarian.”

If you look at the list above, you’ll see no mention of the common aquarium/avian antibiotics used in the pet industry. Fish-Mox (Amoxicillin) is not included in the list. Neither is doxycycline, metronidazole, nor others that I’ve recommended for disaster storage. Some first-generation drugs, like Penicillin and Tetracycline, are mentioned but not any of the proprietary names related to the ornamental trade. That doesn’t mean that they might not include them at some point. As the earliest antibiotics, they have been subject to significant resistance, and might not be the best choices for survival storage in any case.

At present, Thomas Labs, one of the largest distributors of fish and bird antibiotics for the pet trade, has not visibly changed any of its policies regarding sale of these products. Their labeling clearly states “Not for Human Use”, and many sites that sell their products include this statement:

“…Thomas Labs sources it’s (sic) antibiotics from the same USP grade manufacturing as antibiotics used for humans, but we and Thomas Labs are not doctors and do not deal in human health problems, or prescription medications. Only a doctor can correctly prescribe antibiotics for specific need in humans. We strongly discourage anyone who wants to take Fish Antibiotics for themselves…”

It seems clear that the Veterinary Feed Directive considers livestock and not hobby fish and birds to be the highest priority targets. If they did, the pet trade might cease to exist.

The Veterinary Feed Directive may, indeed, decrease the incidence of bacterial resistance in the U.S. So will the wise use of antibiotics by the nation’s physicians. Hopefully, one day food livestock will be raised antibiotic-free; some companies are already taking this step.

From a preparedness standpoint, I still believe that having antibiotics in your medical kit will save lives in a long-term disaster or survival setting. The ones I have written about over the years are still available, at least for the time being; those medically responsible in times of trouble will find them to be useful tools in the medical woodshed.

Joe Alton, MD


Joe Alton, MD is a physician, author, and medical preparedness writer for disaster and long-term survival scenarios where medical help is not available for the foreseeable future. For more information on these and other topics, see the Altons’s #1 Amazon bestseller The Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for when Medical Help is Not on the Way.


Get Ready for Duck Hunting 101

If you’re a hunter, or if you’re thinking about hunting ducks or other small game for the first time,this will be of interest to you.

Get ready for Duck Hunting 101.

The survival Summit team believes that prepping doesn’t have to always be about doom and gloom. In fact, astute survivalists will take the opportunities to prepare for the worst, while keeping a positive mindset, then morph those opportunities into team building and family bond-building scenarios.

Just like the experts from this DVD did.

Why not step into the practical (and fun) side of self reliance in Duck Hunting 101 – Hunting and Processing Small Game To Survive The Greater Depression, and Have Fun Doing So.

Here’s what it’s all about…

  • Duck Calling
  • Shotgun Selection
  • Ammo Selection
  • The Right Choke Selection
  • Various Duck Decoy Spreads
  • Methods To Hunt a Variety of Areas
  • How To Make a Duck Call
  • How to Blend In During The Hunt
  • Local Law Awareness
  • Why a Cajun Microwave Is So Useful
  • How to Use a Cajun Microwave to Cook a Raccoon (So it doesn’t taste like road-kill)
  • How to Prepare Ducks For Cooking
  • How to Prepare Squirrel (and other small game) For Human Consumption

You’ll meet wilderness survival coach, Kenneth Blanton from Duck Life, as he walks you through the basics of duck hunting and preparing small game. Strengthen your group’s unity, while having fun, and becoming self reliant through the skills presented on this DVD.

Here are some “expert tips”–just for fun–to whet your appetite.

Join The Survival Summit as they team up with Duck Life and the Bayou Gunners to walk you through their way of life, harvesting ducks from the sky, and surviving off the land by regularly eating squirrel and raccoon.

And, yes, they show you how to have fun during the process, too, so you can be mentally and physically prepared to survive and thrive during The Greater Depression.

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