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getting my butt in gear in the morning

post #1 of 6
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For many many years I was a morning person, up by 5:30-6am. Not too bad of a time for farm life (though my grandparents were up a lot earlier than that). The last couple years, after not being able to get into bed at a reasonable time (my son has autism, and we have some rough nights), it's been 7:30-8:30 most mornings, a rare 9-9:45am. Since getting chickens I'm trying to get my rear end up by sun up or shortly after to let the chickens out of the coop. I seriously sleep right through an alarm clock, always have, they don't work for me. I've tried different ones with different settings (blare the radio, buzz, etc). My rooster doesn't crow at the crack of dawn. This morning I considered it a good morning because I was up and opening the coop at 7am (sun working on rising). I don't put them up, they actually go in on their own in the evening and I go out and close the door when I'm 100% sure they're in for the night. I even leave the blind open in the room I sleep in since it's on the back side of the house (sun rises on that side) to try to help, and since it's been cool enough I've been keeping the window open, but darn rooster doesn't crow bright and early, he starts around 8-9am (he'll be 5mos on Friday).

 

So, if an alarm clock doesn't get you up what works for you?

post #2 of 6

I have to laugh, your rooster not crowing until 8 or 9!   Most people say that their rooster never stops crowing!   He is pretty young though.  As for what might work to get you up, I really don't know.   But, if you are going to sleep rather late, it makes it that much harder to WANT to get up in the morning, if you know what I mean?!    ;)

mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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post #3 of 6
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I try to call it a night around 11pm, but sometimes insomnia kicks my rear (I have medication, but I hate taking it with having a child with autism, it leaves me with a groggy/dopey feeling). My son's father will get up and let them out if he's up (at first I wasn't keen on it because I wanted to do it all, but I've learned to accept help and appreciate it when given). I told him the other day that I would appreciate it if he would just wake me, even if I DON'T go out and he does so that way I can get a better pattern. Yesterday I was up to Oreo crowing at 6:30 wahoo! He's starting to crow more on and off during the day too. I had a "talk" with Oreo and told him he needed to do a better job of morning crowing if he wants me to let them out early lol.

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My RIR (6-7 months) and the others I've had is crowing b4 daylight. Even in the summer. The only way I can get up in the morning is if I know I have to do something. If I don't have something planned I won't get up. Worse on these cool mornings. I've also noticed if I start feeding b4 6a.m I actually get more done. This morning I opened the coop and got on here haven't done much else.

Howdy to all. Dark Cornish LF,  Cornish bantams, a few guineas and whatever else the coons didn't eat. Plus my quarter horses and Zebu. Have a DELIGHTFUL day.

       Every day above ground is a good day. Some people didn't get that privilege this morning.

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Howdy to all. Dark Cornish LF,  Cornish bantams, a few guineas and whatever else the coons didn't eat. Plus my quarter horses and Zebu. Have a DELIGHTFUL day.

       Every day above ground is a good day. Some people didn't get that privilege this morning.

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post #5 of 6
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Mine has finally started crowing and waking me in the morning. This morning I woke up on my own at 530 and said forget that and went back to sleep for a little bit. :lau I was still up on time to get them out at a reasonable time. It's been gloomy the past 2 days, and he hasn't crowed until he's out of the coop. He's pretty hilarious too in the mornings, super cranky and right to business of bossing the girls around lol

post #6 of 6

Another option. 1 my cousin uses or doesn't get up and do anything. The same with the list but also a time frame. I've been meaning to incorporate it into my time off. I have to go brush hog at 4 them go to a fundraiser. I should've been at the feed store at 8 this morning. Then to another town to check out getting an easement on some property I'm wanting to buy. Depending on how easy it is to get the easement. Court and a bad neighbor is not something I want. I already put that off until tomorrow. When working I get more done by 6.30 than I do some days by noon when not working. I'm currently laid off and not getting much done. I'm up'an'at'em 5-6 on vacation camping. At home not so much.

Howdy to all. Dark Cornish LF,  Cornish bantams, a few guineas and whatever else the coons didn't eat. Plus my quarter horses and Zebu. Have a DELIGHTFUL day.

       Every day above ground is a good day. Some people didn't get that privilege this morning.

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Howdy to all. Dark Cornish LF,  Cornish bantams, a few guineas and whatever else the coons didn't eat. Plus my quarter horses and Zebu. Have a DELIGHTFUL day.

       Every day above ground is a good day. Some people didn't get that privilege this morning.

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