I have spoken about Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary before. It is a wonderful 'farm' where several of my adult clients (who have autism) volunteer a couple times a week. They do the farm work that is required to keep the animals safe and healthy.
The farm is getting ready for winter so the animals are moving inside. During my visit last week, one of our jobs (and this included me) was to catch ducks and chickens and put them in a coop. Someone had accidentally let them out, and the birds would either freeze or become coyote food.
Now I am a country girl, but I am NOT a farm girl. The catching part was not something I was willing to do, especially after a duck splashed mud all up my face. (Being dirty is something that is very stressful for me.) I was more willing to chase and corner the birds so someone else could catch them. I managed to herd two ducks into the coop and went through the deep woods to flush the chickens out. The job coach for my clients is very skilled at scooping the birds up. She did an excellent job, while I ran around and the clients laughed at us.
Unfortunately, because I was working, I wasn't able to get pictures of the bird chase, I did get a few other pictures to share.
|Diesel the Llama|
|A new arrival cat. My clients were responsible for cleaning her cage.|
|I was started when the cow started licking the window of the cat room!|
|Two roosters. They were fighting before they were caught.|
|Feeding the goats|
|This cat things she owns the place and is on one of my client's snack bag|
|Sheep - Mom, Dad, I feed the one with the black face.|