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  1. I'm learning as I go that if you want to get old, you better be tough.
  2. Tried Suntory Toki? Not a bourbon, just a really nice Whisky.
  3. Well, if you're taking that small a sip all you're getting is alcohol bite and no flavor. That's not going to be pleasant.
  4. Honestly, I think I'd say try Maker's 46 if you haven't yet. If you don't like that, you probably won't like any bourbon. It's among the most palatable. Bourbon just has a bite. That's pretty much what defines it.
  5. The Rumble is a bit Scotch-y. I honestly have no idea if it's available overseas, being a central Texas brewery of fairly small proportion. They also have a scotch I haven't tried. https://balconesdistilling.com/
  6. Hell, I was thinking further on it and I could quite possibly just build a small "cricket habitat" outside with holes large enough for crickets to enter and exit and throw leftover veggie bits in and keep it moist and let the crickets find it themselves. Then they breed and leave naturally and the ducks, etc just catch as catch can.
  7. Picked up something local. You other Texas folks might try to chase some down. It's quality bourbon.
  8. Hell, I might just get plenty of crickets, grasshoppers, etc just by putting a light in front of the duck "house"
  9. https://citybugs.tamu.edu/factsheets/household/misc-house/ent-2003/
  10. Naw, that's the easiest part. Keeping a small area at 86 f isn't even a problem. We have lots of air conditioning options and 86f doesn't even take much energy to attain. Most of the "mini farmer" research mentions dedicating a closet to plastic bins. I actually have a walk in closet at one end of the house that I put on a separate temp control a few years back where I stored my guitars when I bought way too many for some reason. Now it's unused. Heating in the winter is a different story...but that's just a few weeks a year here. It's just enough for poultry supplements. It's not a commercial enterprise. Of course, I may find it isn't worth doing... I imagine in Finland it probably is really difficult to keep a space at that temp constantly, but we have literal infestations every year where they invade gas stations chasing the lights and we have to walk on them to fill up our cars. They live most of the year down here just naturally. Possibly you might mean a different type of cricket. Some parts of the world call grasshoppers crickets. Grasshoppers are difficult to maintain.
  11. So my buddy had an interesting idea. Cricket farming as food for the ducks, etc. That would be pretty damn easy.
  12. I did some goose research and will definitely give them a try. It appears they are not usually aggressive towards the person who raises them, except for the occasional gander that will need to be culled. I've never eaten a goose, but apparently it's good.
  13. Ducks don't lay in the winter, according to what I read. That may or may not be true in Texas. The problem with hogs is they eat a lot of not grass. I'm thinking though that extra cow/ goat milk would decrease the money spent on pig feed quite a bit. Might make it feasible to have a breeding pair and butcher out the little ones. I really don't care for geese, but might consider it. Aggressive animals tend to get on my bad side and that shortens their life span pretty drastically. My experience with geese is they're assholes.
  14. I know what you mean, but that's not really a problem for me. I was raised in a mini-farm situation and don't really get attached to livestock. What I never really paid attention to and have a hard time "googling" is kind of the "circle of life" aspect. For example... goats eat weeds and scrub trees, of which I have plenty. Ducks eat bugs and stuff. Lots of them handy. Cow obviously grass. But it's probably necessary to create a symbiosis between the animals and plants, like the ducks help keep the garden debugged and the extra milk from the cow gets mixed into food for other animals like the protective dog or perhaps a pig or two. I am just looking for tips on defraying the cost of feeding the animals so that it's actually cost effective. I'm just not a fan of chickens either, so I'd rather replace them with ducks bdcause ducks are less invasive and much quieter. Researching it isn't very easy because most of what comes up only deals with shallow aspects like "duck eggs are larger and taste good", etc.
  15. Anyone do the farmer thing? I want to start producing my own meat and vegetables. I'm thinking ducks, goats, a mini cow(milk)... I'm not a huge fan of chickens, but it might be stupid to exclude them considering how productive they are.
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