On New Year’s day, I discarded the Christmas tree on the front porch with plans to deal with it later.
During some bitter cold days, it became a wind-break for the chickens who were brave enough to venture outdoors.
In the hopes of encouraging the chickens to remove themselves from my porch, I gave my homegrown Christmas tree another purpose.
Tied to a fence post now, I decorated the tree with natural ornaments of apple and orange slices, stale bread dipped fat or peanut butter rolled in birdseed.
For the longest time, it was only the chickens I spied enjoying the tree. Some of the ornaments disappeared altogether – likely the work of squirrels or raccoons.
On this snowy Friday morning, it has finally become a playground for the chickadees. An entertaining view from the sofa.