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What, if any, scraps do you put outside for the local wildlife?

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What, if any, scraps do you put outside for the local wildlife?

greygarious | Jan 28, 2014 01:03 PM

I do not hate squirrels, even though they have damaged my porch. I hand-reared Poopsie when I was 6 and reintroduced him to the wild. I have put peanuts and dried corn on the porch for them in winter. Where my patience runs out is when they take over the feeders with sunflower hearts that I intend for the wild birds. Unless I also cater to the squirrels, they will monopolize the "squirrel-proof" feeders to the extent that the birds can't feed.

I freeze mixed seed in empty milk cartons, or ice cube trays, topped up with water. These logs and cubes, tossed out for the squirrels, distract them from the bird feeders. I also toss ends of carrots, apple peels, and other produce trimmings out on the ground and they do disappear though I'm not sure who's eating them.....there are also wild rabbits, mice, and chipmunks here, but as far as I know, no deer, wild turkeys, or coyotes. Possibly skunk, opossum, and raccoon. There are two roaming cats, no loose dogs.

The other day I trimmed mold from some cheddar and parmesan and tossed that out, too. It was gone the next day. What scraps do you share with backyard denizens, and have you noticed anything they DON'T accept?

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