Hi all, My setting is a world similar to 16th, 17th century Europe etc (no later than early-mid 17th century). Some regions are quite cold in winter. Nights grow long, it snows heavily, it's very, very heavily forested in parts and it's inland. How do my peasants survive? How do their hens lay eggs - they don't have much warmth/daylight to make them lay, so how do they keep them warm to get any at all, or will they be eating eggs they pickled in the warmer months? What sort of food can they have stored? i.e. pickled eggs, pickled fish, salted meat. I've also read cheese keeps for ages, and some vegetables. What else did they survive on? What about common winter drinks for both peasants and the nobility? Beer, wine, apple cider? If anyone can give me good sources/information on live stock, hens, stored food and other survival methods for peasants around these times I would be grateful. Especially what differences there are to medieval times - I can find a lot of info for medieval times but not early modern Europe. For warmth I assume they huddled with their animals by a fire, well into the later centuries. And I read somewhere that sometimes the lord's manor/castle had common woodlots they could use.