Each evening as the sun starts to go down we take the hanging bird feeders down and put out dinner for our night crew. We have a fixed open feeder on the deck railing, a terra cotta platter and a blue Chewy bowl. We put kibble in each along with any leftovers or undesired foods from the day. The undesirables may include fatty trimmings from meat, parts of veggies such as stalks and bacon grease or grease left from cooking meats. Sometimes soft fruit or a hard boiled egg or even a stale donut get divided up in the bowls. Then I turn on the porch light also know as the 'open for business sign'.
Next is Big Red. Red is huge! He arrives, eats as fast as he can cram the food into his mouth, then leaves.
Finally Gabby comes by and is more relaxed like her mom. She is compulsively neat. After she eats whatever is in the feeders, she cleans up any little bit spilled on the deck. She sticks her long fingers into the cracks in the floor boards and eats the pieces that have gotten lodged there. One night last week she pried up one of the tiles inset into the floor of the porch. It was too heavy for her to carry off but she moved it about a foot from it's place.
One night last month there was a problem, however. When Rob took the second course out before we went to bed, he discovered a large amount of fresh blood on the porch. No animals were in sight and we hadn't heard any noises earlier. We took water out and washed down the area with the blood and wondered what the following evening would bring.
The next night Dark and the raccoons all came by but Pretty didn't show up for a couple days. When she did visit, we noticed that her tail was about two or three inches shorter than before and the end looked sore. In a few days she had healed up but she now has a stubby tail. We don't know who attacked her or why but she is back to coming by regularly and shows no ill effects. Poor Pretty!
This is a combination entertainment and recycling program. The animals appreciate the food and we enjoy watching their antics. Win-win.