This is sort of related in a way to Justusnak's thread called "For Those of Us in the Booney's". She writes about preparing her household stores for winter blizzards and electrical outages, etc. It's a really informative thread. I had never stocked food before September 11, 2001. But after that day, the world felt so unsafe and unpredictable. Like we had enemies we didn't even know who hated us so MUCH. I started stocking the basement with emergency supplies, water, batteries, and food and stuff for the cats. Then we got a gasoline generator and started devoting more of our yard space to growing food. I suppose subconsciously, my interest in getting chickens this past spring grew from that. Of having a source of food in case everything went to Heck in a nuclear handbasket. Or if oil supplies ceased and trucks couldn't haul food to stores, or there were big electrical interruptions. Our food industries would collapse. Have you guys ever thought that? I'm sure serious off-the-grid homesteaders have. Even if you haven't, having chookies running around our yards does indeed help our spirits daily!