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Rooster Crowing: Sounds From A Rural Office

A photo of Drew OdomWhile some people contend with ringing phones and nosey cubicle neighbors just after fighting the morning rush hour, there are others of us who have to sometimes remind the roosters that we're trying to work.

 
anotherkindofdrew
5/6/2010 6:16:59 AM

@luvfunstuff - Thank you for the Silkie rec. I haven't purchased anymore yet so that advice may very well come in handy. Tell your husband not to be the least bit shy about the sounds of his office. I think things such as that are what makes the fabric of the American workplace even more interesting. If anyone asks he can tell them he just works with "a bunch of old hens." hahahhahha


luvfunstuff
5/5/2010 5:06:08 PM

Hey Andrew - it was cool to see your video about farm sounds at work. I MUST share this with my hubby. He can relate well to your office sounds. He does computer work, and his business is here in our basement. However, the section of basement where he works has ground-level windows and wouldn't you know, that's exactly where my silkies and other hens LOVE to take their dust baths! They've worked up the ground along the outside wall and they cackle and fuss while bathing and our two roosters crow pretty much all the time! He likes the chickies but sometimes gets a little embarrassed when talking with clients on the phone and they can plainly hear the roosters crowing! :D On a side note, if you will be getting some silkie hens, might I suggest 4 or more hens to go with the rooster you keep? If you get only 2, he might just favor one and "bother" her to death. With more than 2, he's more likely to spread his love around :) PS-LOVE your office!


anotherkindofdrew
5/1/2010 3:38:38 AM

@Nebraska Dave - We have the sounds of children too as our farm is a multi-generational one. In fact, there are five families that live in 3 houses sharing 2 barns, 1 garage/shop, 7 gardens, 2 fields, a swimming pool, and part of a man-made lake. The kids are all homeschooled, I think, but they were no where to be seen at 10am the day I made the video. Working from my 5th wheel is cool. I think it would be cooler if Pan and I were traveling all the time but we haven't figure out how to build a mobile chicken coop and garden yet. hahahahaha! I have been telecommuting for a few years now so I am pretty used to it. I work from 9 to 5:30 usually and part of what disciplines me is that at least 3 days a week I "dress for work" as if I were going into an office of some sort. I also have to talk to my 5th wheel so I do have a commute. And because of the nature of my job I do have people to keep up with and talk to via computer/cell phone all day long. You are right though. I can take a break whenever I want and however long I want. I am pretty responsible though and I always remember that I am being paid to work and that if I want to keep my job I will not abuse my situation. Some days it IS tough though. The cell phone have helped a lot too. I use a Verizon Motorola Droid so my emails constantly come in, TXT messages come in, I always have my calendar and contacts on me, etc. So that keeps things moving along even when I am not sitting at my desk. Tricks of the trade, I guess.


nebraska dave
5/1/2010 12:12:27 AM

Drew, your videos are terrific. You have quite the menagerie of chickens. If you could hear the sounds of my urban ranch it would not be animal sounds other than a dog or two barking, but instead the voices of children playing. I have about 10 kids that live within eye shot of my house ranging from 5 years old up to eighteen. To me that is a soothing sound and brings back many good memories. I did think about raising rabbits but the neighbor has two big Sheppard dogs that go berserk when ever they think they see a rabbit. It took them an entire summer to figure out that my fake squirrel wasn’t real. I’m gone a lot so animals just wouldn’t fit into the urban ranch life. I’m just going to stick to flowers and vegetables. Your work office is the best. That has got to be a wonderful life style to live and work from home. Do you have regular work hours? It must be awesome to take a break when you want and as long as you want. I’m not sure I would have the discipline to work that way. I’d always be on coffee break. Hey, that’s kind of what I do now. I wish you good times with all your chickens. Keep the videos coming.


mountain woman
4/30/2010 2:53:57 PM

So glad you got this up. I LOVED it!!


anotherkindofdrew
4/30/2010 2:48:58 PM

Yeah, no problem. I am glad you liked it. Please spread the link or make a video of your own. I would love to hear what other farms sound like!