Herding chickens nothing to cluck about

In early spring you get baby chicks at the feed store in town. My mom always ordered them in bunches of 25. I don’t know if that was just a good number she dreamed up or what, but there were always 25 in each batch. Usually, she’d have several mother hens who had a few […]

In search of ponies: Egg-citing discovery

Sharna Johnson I have to admit and even I am surprised, but I am actually enjoying having chickens. Racquel and Molly — they came with names — are perfect ladies and are actually kind of neat to have around. They don’t like to be touched, but by the same token they like to shadow me […]

In search of ponies: Chickens on wheels merit research

Sharna Johnson Why didn’t the rooster cross the road? I don’t know the answer, but when the call went out over the police scanner this week, you can bet your bottom dollar I grabbed a camera and hurried for the scene. The call that went out came from a sheriff’s deputy who asked dispatch to […]

Prairie chicken poster contest open

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Argen Duncan The annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest is taking entries as the event, which had participant slots filled in record time this year, nears. The 10th annual festival offers viewings of the lesser prairie chickens’ mating dances, entertainment and educational tours April 15-17 in Milnesand. The event is limited to 100 […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Pets, prairie chickens and Weed, N.M.

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Video of the day Meet a fuzzy dog named Kizer in Pet Parade. Chicken cash Heads up lesser prairie chicken fans. The Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Mexico has received $300,000 for its lesser prairie chicken habitat enhancement efforts. Lesser prairie chickens live in Roosevelt […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Hot chickens and calling all writers

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Hot chicken Who knew prairie chickens were such a hot item? Turns out all 100 spots to watch the birds’ annual courtship dances have already sold out for the April 16-18 High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival. Heck, they just announced tickets three weeks ago — at $95 […]

Egg plant fire kills nearly 1 million chickens

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By Liliana Castillo: Freedom New Mexico Nearly a million chickens died in Thursday’s fire at Cal-Maine Foods in Parmer County, Texas, a company spokesperson said today. Delores McMillin with Cal-Maine Foods said 800,000 chickens in five houses were wiped out by the fire and smoke. Four laying houses, chickens and all, were consumed by the […]

State recommends against listing prairie chicken

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By Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer After a six-year investigation of lesser prairie chicken populations and habitats, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced June 9 in a press release that they will recommend against listing the species as threatened or endangered in the state. According to the results of the study posted […]

Groups work to ‘save the prairie chicken’

By Ryn Gargulinski: CNJ staff writer Imagine southeastern New Mexico as it once was — lacking in cars, bustling with grasslands, and hopping with prairie chickens. Although the small foul still pepper the state in isolated regions — enough to hold an annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival in their core area of Milnesand — […]

Festival attracts U.S. bird watchers

By Ryn Gargulinski: Freedom Newspapers MILNESAND — More than 100 people flocked from as far as Massachusetts and as close as Portales this weekend to attend the fourth annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival. The highlight of the weekend is the lesser prairie chicken’s mating ritual. Right before the springtime sunrise, male prairie chickens congregate […]