Daily Prep Episode 309: Tour of Ben’s Homesteading Survivalism Setup

If you’ve watched my videos for any length of time, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen guest appearances from my friend and fellow prepper Financial Ben.

We’ve done mock bug outs (MBOs) together, met Jack Spirko together at an expo a couple years back, and generally keep each other posted about any new preps or self sufficient goodness that we’re getting into.

Last week, I met up with Ben for a couple hours to check out the progress he’s making on his “mini homesteading survivalism.” Some of you may remember the last time we met up, it was snowy and a lot of his projects were on hold. Since then however, he’s made a TON of progress.

I got him to briefly show us around and explain some of what he’s been up to, including:

Being on Ben’s property makes me jealous that I don’t have my own little plot of earth to begin working at the moment, but it also reminds me just how much work it can all be. Big cheers to Ben for all he’s been able to accomplish.

Don’t be fooled–Ben often surprises people because he looks so young, but the guy has legitimately accomplished a lot. He has a degree in Economics and is a pretty savvy investor. In addition to being a real estate agent by day, he also has 5 rentals of his own.

Hope you enjoy a little peek at the beginnings of one prepper’s homestead!


What questions do you have for Ben? Put them in the comments below.


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  • Toni

    You might want to let Ben know that rabbits are naturally coprophagous; they need to eat their own poop to get a healthy intake of nutrients. This is because their digestive systems are a little bit mixed up; the food they eat is not made fully ready for them to absorb the nutrients from it until AFTER the stage in their system at which the nutrients are mostly absorbed. To compensate for this, they have two different types of poop; stage one poop is still highly nutritious, so they eat this to bring it back through the absorbing part of their digestive system now that the nutrients in it CAN be absorbed properly. What comes out after this is stage two poop, ‘normal’ poop, with much less nutritional value it’s not worth eating again so they don’t.

    I know that this is not really common knowledge, I’d kept rabbits for years before I learned this in my University animal nutrition classes, but it will definitely make the rabbits more efficient to house them in hutch and grass run type accommodations that let them exercise and eat their own poop to their hearts’ content :-) Also, Ben seems like he really cares about the animals, and the rabbits will be much happier if they can run and play, they’re more intelligent that is commonly thought!

    • http://www.thedailyprep.com/ Urbivalist Dan

      wow, kinda gross but good to know. I definitely hadn’t heard this before!!

      I will pass this along to Ben–thx for swinging by Toni, and taking the time to reach out.


      • Toni

        I’ve just started watching your videos from the beginning, first found your stuff through a random youtube search but liked your style, so checked out the website; love your share the knowledge ethos, just that kind of attitude could avoid a gazillion local disasters if it was a bit more widespread! :-)

        • http://www.thedailyprep.com/ Urbivalist Dan

          many thanks! if you started at the beginning, you are likely slogging through many long, awkward and embarrassing vids! haha In the early days, I wasn’t really sure exactly what I wanted to do with the daily prep, I just knew that I was having fun, learning, and thought it would be interesting to just post whatever stuff I was up to. For some reason, people started watching me talk to the camera, so I’ve kept doing it. My vids still aren’t trophies, but maybe a little less painful :-) thx again!

    • Ben

      That’s kinda like when we take a vitamin and most of it goes right through us. If we save that vitamin urine and drink it again we will get more nutrients out of our vitamins. Just kidding. I actually am really allergic to the timothy hay so I am getting rid of the rabbits. Thanks though, that’s good info.

      • Toni

        Ha ha! Right 😀 That sucks that you have to get rid of them, if you
        want to try something else first, have you looked into pet paper? it’s
        non-bleached shredded paper that makes for just as good a bedding,
        comparatively little bit more expensive (depending on the hay you have),
        but doesn’t bother my hay-feverish nose :-) and if you search around
        the internet a bit, you can buy it in bulk.

        • http://www.thedailyprep.com/ Urbivalist Dan

          hadn’t heard of that before–sounds like a great suggestion!