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Sage chickens–sort of

chickens at Chain Lake

So just when you think you’ve seen it all…

A couple of days ago, Pepe called Meghan at the cookhouse. He is tending sheep on our permits on the Red Desert. I heard Meghan say, “gallinas?! domesticados?!” (chickens?! domesticated?!).

Apparently, someone turned loose some hens and one rooster. Meghan called the BLM Range Conservationist, who tried, unsuccessfully, to catch them. The Chain Lakes allotment is checkerboard, with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department owning every other section. Mike, the Range Con, then turned the matter over to the Game and Fish.

They are fowl, if not fish.

What’s amazing is that they haven’t been eaten by coyotes!

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in Animals, Nature and Wildlife

 

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Little Snake River Fun Day, with rain!

Siobhan and Chief round the barrel

Siobhan and Chief round the barrel

Each year, the Little Snake River Lions Club sponsors, with volunteer help, the annual rodeo and Fun Day.  Fun Day features an amateur rodeo and lots of family events like ribbon roping, junior bull riding and mutton busting.  A high point is the pig and chicken catching by community members of various age groups, from under 2 to adult women (hey guys, are you cowards?!)

This year, an added feature was rain–the first in many weeks.  Nobody cared that they were muddy as they chased barrels and pigs.  All were really happy to see the moisture.

Kylie and Matt Feldman, ready to ride

Kylie and Matt Feldman, ready to ride

Matt and Kylie heading for the barrel race

Matt and Kylie heading for the barrel race

McCoy in the barrel race, with a little help from his Mom

McCoy in the barrel race, with a little help from his Mom

McCoy doffs his hat to the crowd

McCoy doffs his hat to the crowd

Seamus mutton busting

Seamus mutton busting in rain

Tiarnan, Meghan ready to chase chickens

Tiarnan, Meghan ready to chase chickens

Rodriguez guys, of El Rio Restaurant fame, serving burgers

Rodriguez guys, of El Rio Restaurant fame, serving burgers

Eamon and McCoy's pig

Eamon and McCoy’s pig

Sage, pig and Eamon

Sage, pig and Eamon

McCoy on fence

McCoy on fence

Tiarnan and McCoy with snowcones

Tiarnan and McCoy with snowcones

Trouble on the fence:  Maeve and the kindergarten girls

Trouble on the fence: Maeve and the kindergarten girls

Megan and Meghan following an unsuccessful pig chase

Megan and Meghan following an unsuccessful pig chase

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Animals, Events, Family, Folks, Sheep

 

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Day of Fun at the Little Snake River Rodeo

Day of Fun at the Little Snake River Rodeo

Each year, the Lions Club sponsors the Little Snake River rodeo at the Russell Community Park, near Dixon.  The kids’ events, including mutton busting, chicken chasing and pig catching are a highlight in our family. It is also the source of our pork, since we feed out the pigs that the grandkids and their cousins catch, and enjoy the locally grown meat in the winter months. We give the chickens to the neighbor, since our Border collies mistake them for lunch.

pig catchers line up

Meghan and Tiarnan–all the under 2’s “caught” a pig

Megan, McCoy and his pig

Maeve, ready to run

Seamus thinks about strategy

Siobhan surveys the pigs

Matthew chases a pig

A girl and her chicken

Two hats

 

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Animals, Events, Family, Folks

 

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