|If you have chickens, you have to be able to protect them.|
I went to Barnes and Nobles. It amazed me how many magazines there are now for growing your own food.
Chickens seem to be wildly popular. There were lots of magazines on how to raise chickens in your back yard, with very little space.
Chickens make sense. They give you manure you can use for your plants. They produce eggs, and in tough times you can eat them.
In my case, I don't have to do anything but feed them. Like the soldiers who sprang from the planted dragons teeth in the story of Jason and the Argonauts, chickens just seem to pop up here without my doing anything.
If you had a little garden and some chickens, you could stretch out your supplies for a while. Providing of course, that someone didn't come as a "walker" and take your food.
I admit there were some articles in some of these magazines I wouldn't have minded reading myself. But I already get Off Grid, Be Ready, American Survival Guide, Survivalist, Prepper and Survivor, and Living Ready and Backwoods Home among others. My magazine budget is tapped out. I am about to subscribe to Mother Earth News, God help me! I never would have believed that.
I was interested in seeing who was browsing these magazines. Of course, you had the guys in business suits, furtively checking out the "men's magazines."
But there were a good many people reading the magazines who were young, old, hippy looking, country looking, and city people. Quite a spectrum.
Barnes and Nobles has coffee shops and they let you read the magazines while you drink their coffee. I always have to check when I buy a magazine there to be sure I'm getting a clean one and not a "coffee bar lending libary" issue.
Still, the main thing is that these types of magazines seems to be moving well. Even a few years ago, they did not exist for the most part and I couldn't have imagined the beautiful people set buying them. They are now, though.
It's encouraging that more people are arming themselves with at least basic knowledge of how to get their own food. It also shows that a lot of mainstream Americans now believe it may not be that long before they have to do so. Reading the news daily, I can't disagree with that analysis.