This was my view from my living room on Christmas. I love watching the birds and we get such a diverse showing especially when it snows and food is scarce. I put warm water and scattered some scratch on the railing as well. Great, inexpensive entertainment. My 9 yr. old loves to see how many she can identify.
Christmas was hectic. We still have a visiting buck we call Elvis because he has the craziest hairdo. I really must post a picture of him. Just above his eyes and back to his ears he has a bunch of curly locks. It's silly looking or charming depending on my mood when I look at him. Either way it's unique.
The goats, pigs and chickens all got carrots for their Christmas treat. Shredded for the chickens and sliced for the pigs and goats. I swept / shoveled a place for the pigs to come out of their house but the goats were having no part of that. They stayed in their warm house and just peeked out for a 5 days. I didn't even offer the outdoors to the chickens until today. I give them all warm water both morning and night. I hang a flashlight in the chicken house above their food when I do their water at night and even though we had one night down to 10 degree's I have one little blue Orpington hen that lays me an egg. All 3 of the other girls have quit till spring I guess. Just that little bit of light from the flashlight made all the difference as she wasn't laying until I added the light. I use rechargeable batteries or it would be rather expensive.
I'm still a bit unsure of my feeding with the pigs. They are going through a 50 lb bag in 4 days which seems like too much since they aren't full grown and even when they are full grown they are smaller than most pigs so I'm thinking I may be over feeding them. I would like to get them on hay and milk only but I think they will protest strongly at this point if I were to try. It being so cold at night I really don't want to try just yet.
I ran out of time with my Christmas wrapping for my little one this year and decided to make almost everything a stocking item since we don't wrap stocking items in our house. Her stocking clearly wasn't large enough for everything to fit into so I got creative with a flannel PJ bottom with doggies and santa's on them much to her delight.