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Friday, May 3, 2019

I Have a Rooster (Maybe You do Too)

The Teach Suzuki Podcast broadcast an episode by this title last week.

I Have a Rooster

I have raised chicken hens for some time now and we enjoy the nutrient-filled eggs produced by our tended flock. Recently I raised another flock of baby chicks to add a second coop. I anticipated that my first flock was aging and might not lay as many eggs in the coming years. I tended my young flock in the back room of our outdoor shop aided by heat lamps until the hens were strong enough to endure the outdoor spring temperatures in their new chicken coop area.

Imagine my surprise at 5:00 a.m. one morning to hear the burblings of one of the hens. This seemed a little earlier than usual to hear the hens stirring for the day. The 5:00 a.m. gurgle greeting continued for several more days.

"Honey, I think we have a rooster," I told my husband. I explained about the continuous 5:00 a.m. wakeup calls. We inspected our new coop to see if we could distinguish the culprit, and that is when we recognized that one of our birds was larger than the others.

Fast forward to the end of the following week. Now the noisy morning greeting assumed more form to resemble the familiar cartoon rooster crow. Uh oh, I thought, what do I do now?

The more I thought about my dilemma -- a rooster among the laying hens -- the more I recognized that we all have roosters in our studios too, and I do not mean the feathered kind.

How do we handle roosters in our studios? What can and should we do about our roosters if anything?

I hope you enjoy this episode about handling the roosters in your studio.

Until next time,

Happy Practicing!

----- Paula -----

© 2019 by Paula E. Bird

8 comments:

  1. I like when you said in the podcast that having a "rooster" student is an opportunity to to add to your bag of tricks. I'm a new teacher so I feel like I'm constantly adding new tricks to my bag. When I was trained on Book 1 by Ronda Cole last summer I remember her saying a similar thing. That perspective has helped me so much in this last year to find and discover solutions to challenges that arise rather than get frustrated or overwhelmed. Thanks to you for your blog and podcast for being a source of mentorship and guidance!

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    1. Thank you! I really learned a lot from my training with Ronda. I often podcast some of the lessons I learned from her courses. Feel free to write when you feel overwhelmed. We can share with each other! You may find some help with some of the podcast episodes: Teach Suzuki Podcast.

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