Peter over at Bayou Renaissance Man points out that bad people will demand your preps and any food you have grown if things go pear-shaped. It is not enough to be able to grow your food. You have to be able to protect it as well.
That triggered a few thoughts on my part. Successful organisms rely on multiple, overlapping (like shingles on a roof) defensive strategies. The benefit of overlapping shingles is that the roof still sheds water even if one shingle is breached.
I also place a very high value passive measures. They work even when you are otherwise occupied. Active defenses are needed, but they will eventually fail if challenged enough times. That is the way luck works. Given enough chances, even the blind marksman hits the lucky spot.
The best passive measures are the art of silence and invisibility.
Livestock will be a magnet for raiders. Few forms of wealth provide its own transportation when stolen by pirates, brigands and looters to steal it.
Meat is nutritionally dense and a luxury item, just the thing to "pay" your henchmen if money loses its value.
If you haven't given it any thought, livestock is impossible to hide.
If you have given it some thought, you have a nucleus you can build on even if they find some of them.
God (or Mother Nature) gives us a template
|Female Ringneck Pheasant|
Note the muted colors and the coarse, speckled pattern.
There are many chicken breeds that approximate the patterns seen on upland birds. In most cases these birds were bred for the show-ring and the colors are more vivid than those seen on female, wild birds. A few of them are:
The cloak of invisibility will not do you much good if you have a rooster crowing. And if you don't have a rooster you will be out of the egg business as your hens age out.
|The No Crow collar muffles the roosters crow because he cannot swell up the resonance chambers at the base of his neck (think Bag-pipes)|
Cattle and goats
|Whitetail deer are notorious for being able to disappear into small patches of cover.|
|You would be hard pressed to find an animal with coloration more like a Whitetail deer than a Jersey heifer.|