Dear Neighbor, Please Stop Feeding The Birds Bread


I have a small problem.

My neighbor’s tenants are feeding the birds.

Which is fine, I feed the birds too.

The problem is that I feed the birds bird seed and the neighbors next door feed the birds stale bread products.

BIG pieces of stale bread products.

That are being dropped in my yard by the birds all the time and the dogs are eating them.

I was alerted to this issue about a month ago when I walked outside and a piece of bread fell from the sky.

It kind of freaked me out.

I mean bread literally fell from the sky as I walked out on my back patio.

I called my husband.

“What do think it means when bread falls from the sky? Is this a sign?” I asked.

He laughed.

So I asked again.

“Seriously. I walked outside and a piece of bread fell from the sky and then Leroy ate it.”

Then Hubby filled me in that the new neighbors have been feeding the birds bread and they probably dropped a piece.

Well since then I realized that it hasn’t been just one piece. The birds are dropping stale bread products in my yard all the time and the dogs are eating it.

I’ve caught them staring up at the sky just waiting for some bread to fall.


They think food falls from the sky.


Yesterday I found a stale hamburger bun top. I don’t know how the dogs missed it but when I went to pick it up it was nice and hard.

I have a problem with that.

I don’t want my dogs eating stale and perhaps even moldy bread products.


So my thought is that either some of the birds are just totally uncoordinated and weren’t properly taught how to carry things in their beak by their mother, or the pieces of bread that my neighbor is feeding them are just too darn big for their tiny little mouths.

Either way, I have to have a talk with my neighbor, but I have to be gentle.

It seems like they really like feeding the birds and I bet they think of them whenever they have bread that is just about to go stale and I bet they have a bag filled with stale bread sitting by the back door just waiting to be tossed to the birds.

I don’t want to break their hearts.

I don’t want to be the mean neighbor.

You know, the bitch neighbor that make the senior citizens stop feeding the birds.

But I can’t have my dogs staring at the sky all day long.


Maybe my neighbors are blog readers.

Maybe they will see this and I’ll never have to make that walk next door and be that neighbor..

If that’s the case,

Dear Neighbor,

Please stop feeding the cats that have been hanging around. They’re getting fat and they’re tormenting Leroy and they get fed at their home 2 doors down, in the white house with the grey door.

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35 Comments on Dear Neighbor, Please Stop Feeding The Birds Bread

  1. Tenacious Little Terrier
    September 30, 2013 at 1:51 am (2 years ago)

    Talking to the neighbors about issues is always so awkward. We have neighbors who let their dogs run loose in the communal parking lot and one who would let their cats out who would sun themselves on the sidwalk so we couldn’t walk on it.
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  2. Daisy
    September 30, 2013 at 2:09 am (2 years ago)

    We’d love food to fall from the sky…SHE wouldn’t, though. Our neighbours used to fee the feral cats…but we used to find the food on our walks and eat it..heeheehee! It’s always hard to talk to neighbours.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  3. urban hounds
    September 30, 2013 at 6:25 am (2 years ago)

    Well we would be so so happy if food fell from the sky, mom not so much. We do find some dry bread on the ground sometimes from people feeding pigeons.

    urban hounds
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  4. 2browndawgs
    September 30, 2013 at 7:02 am (2 years ago)

    LOL funny. Our neighbors feed bread and sometimes if the dogs are lucky, they put out rib bones for the birds or squirrels or maybe it is the coyotes. We find all manner of food stuff in the yard (if we find it before the dogs). Sometimes I think the squirrels bring bits of food and drop them just outside the runs to torment the dogs. They can’t get to the squirrels or the food from inside.

    Hysterical that Sherman and Leroy pan the sky for birds with bread. We have inferior dogs. They just look for ducks!
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  5. Lauranne
    September 30, 2013 at 7:03 am (2 years ago)

    I have done my google search to find evidence to back this up as I didn’t want to advise and be totally wrong. Recently there has been a bot of a push to stop feeding bread to birds as it is an empty filler and doesn’t contain all nutrients they need. Perhaps you could show them the attached link and be the animal lover neighbour? However I do apologise if my help sees them putting out bacon, which also starts falling from the sky into your garden! :0S
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  6. Sue at Talking Dogs
    September 30, 2013 at 7:31 am (2 years ago)

    Is this sort of like manna from heaven? 😉
    Seriously, my mom used to do the feed-the-birds-bread thing. However, since she always had a dog, she crushed the bread and fed it in an open platform feeder.
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  7. Taryn
    September 30, 2013 at 7:38 am (2 years ago)

    I would not be happy about all the extra calories, either!

    I agree, talking to a neighbor is always so uncomfortable! Maybe go over with a big bag of bird seed as a gift, and explain the issue. That way they have a substitute item to feed?
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  8. Dr. Liz
    September 30, 2013 at 8:34 am (2 years ago)

    Perhaps your neighbors are really amusing themselves by watching the dogs waiting for food to fall from the sky…

    -Dr. Liz, who had to talk to one neighbor, once, and got nothing but a blank stare in return – good times…
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  9. SlimDoggy (@MySlimDoggy)
    September 30, 2013 at 9:00 am (2 years ago)

    Ouch – hate having those awkward neighbor talks…one of the reasons we moved out as far as we could so our neighbors aren’t close by.

  10. HoundDogMom (Sherri)
    September 30, 2013 at 9:32 am (2 years ago)

    I think send them a link to the blog to ready. I think they will get more humor out of the blog post then an individual talking to. The pictures of them looking up at the sky for food is priceless and made me smile. Sherri
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  11. Roxy the Traveling Dog
    September 30, 2013 at 9:59 am (2 years ago)

    I’m sure they would understand. They obviously are animal lovers and I’m sure they would get it if you talked to them.

  12. Flea
    September 30, 2013 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

    Bread isn’t actually a good diet for birds. Seeds are much better. Bread, in quantity, is bad. And white bread is bad for them. Do a little research and arm yourself. Make it about the welfare of the birds.
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  13. Leslie
    September 30, 2013 at 10:07 am (2 years ago)

    Sign me up as another who votes showing them that bread isn’t good for birds. That article Lauranne suggested would be a great one – you could even just leave it in their mailbox so they wouldn’t necessarily know which neighbor was just trying to be neighborly. :]
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  14. Jen K
    September 30, 2013 at 10:30 am (2 years ago)

    Oh man – Moses would LOVE it if bread fell from the sky – it’s one of his favourite treats!

    You could frame it as what’s best for birds – and while bread isn’t necessarily bad (that’s kind of an urban legend), it’s not the best or most nutritious option. Seeds and peanut butter are both better and won’t attract as many invasive non-local bird species.
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  15. Donna
    September 30, 2013 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

    Too funny…and I can so relate. My neighbor feeds the feral cats AND the birds, and she throws ALL her scraps out there, no matter what it is. We’ve found bagels, bits of muffins, big hunks of bread first thing in the morning, so I suspect the racoons are dragging it over. Usually Toby finds it before anyone else…he’s a carboholic.

    I have not talked to her about it either. I just can’t bring myself to do it. :-(
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  16. sprinkles
    September 30, 2013 at 11:52 am (2 years ago)

    One of my neighbors has a nasty habit of feeding my dogs her leftovers. She just throws it right over the fence! Sometimes it’s left over pasta and other times it’s chicken with bones. First she was asked nicely not to do this, then she was TOLD not to. Goes in one ear and out the other. There was one instance where Shiver got sick and couldn’t seem to get over it, so I had to take him to the vet. I’m pretty sure it was because my dogs got to the food before I could and whatever was in it made him sick. I really wanted to go over and present her with the bill, but I had no proof it was from her. At least with the rainy weather we’ve had lately, I haven’t had to worry about her dumping food for them.

    So I guess what I’m saying is, be glad that your neighbor only feeds the birds bread.
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  17. Dawn
    September 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Food falling from the sky… that’s hilarious! If dogs could think philosophically about this, I wonder what their thoughts would be. I understand how you feel. I’d hate to be the mean neighbor too. Perhaps you can buy them some bird feeders and bird seed as a gift. Stop by and say you noticed how much they love animals and you thought they might like something in their yard that will keep the birds around longer for bird watching. Casually mention that this stuff is much better for the birds.
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  18. jan
    September 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m forming a mental image of large dogs looking to the sky for large pieces of bread to descend upon them. Trying to change a neighbor’s habits can be tricky but how can they resist your request when you pain the picture of Sherman and Leroy and moldy bread products. Do let us know how this turns out.
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  19. Oz the Terrier
    September 30, 2013 at 1:25 pm (2 years ago)

    Hmmm, I’d much prefer bacon to fall from the sky. Around here, it is sometimes other birds or fish falling from the sky when the hawk loses his grip on his catch. I would make it about the welfare of the birds when you talk to them…maybe they will switch to seed like you.
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  20. Jodi
    September 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Delilah is infatuated with reflections on the ceiling, she sits and stares and when she finds one, she barks. I can’t imagine what she’d do if she thought food fell from the sky!

    I like Leslie’s idea, print off the article about bread being bad for birds and stick it in their mailbox.
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  21. emma
    September 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I would not be happy about bread falling from the sky and landing in my yard either. Well, us dogs wouldn’t mind, but it would make Mom crabby. Hope you can get them to stop and without making them angry. No one needs angry neighbors.
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  22. Hawk aka BrownDog
    September 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Y’all!

    That is hysterical! I’ve never been lucky enough to have neighbors send me food via carrier bird! You go Leroy!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  23. Cathy Bennett
    September 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey Jen – thanks for the chuckle this morning! You might have to put on your “big girl panties” and knock on the door and explain the situation. Keep a smile on your face as you do, and then rush back to your computer and let us know how it turns out. We’ve got “Wilson” issues on our block. The ball seems to mysteriously appear in the new neighbor’s yard lately. Pulling my “big girl panties” up as I type, because I’ve got to go over there now and ask if I could please go in their yard and retrieve it. Hang in there girlfriend!
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  24. Jackie Bouchard
    September 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm (2 years ago)

    OMD, literally manna from heaven! I would hate to talk to the neighbors too, but I like the bird-sead gift bag idea. And you don’t necessarily have to ask them to stop – just ask them to break it up into crumbs so the birds aren’t carting off food that’s 1/2 their body weight anymore! (reminds me of hte time my sis found a crow soaking an old 1/2 sandwich in her bird bath. Her dog was thrilled. She was not!)
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  25. Two French Bulldogs
    September 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Funny! Now neighbor stop feeding those birds
    Benny & Lily

  26. houndstooth
    September 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I wouldn’t be happy about it, either, but I’d just approach them nicely and ask them to tear the bread up into small pieces. Or I’d throw them back over the fence into their yard with a note attached…
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  27. rubytheairedale
    September 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Now if Cheetos start fallin’ from the sky, I’ll be right overs!!!! (oh, and bacon, chicken,and cilantro (yes cilantro…don’t ask)
    Butts, dry moldy bread stuffs? No. That’s not good. Maybe leave a bird feeder and a bag of wild bird feed on their porch…nah, I thinks they’d still feed the bread too.
    I thinks they need to stay outta the bread isle at the store. Ya know, I hear lots of peeps are goin’ Gluten free these days…..
    Ruby ♥☺
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  28. Beagles and Bargains
    October 1, 2013 at 12:14 am (2 years ago)

    Luna has recently had a bit of an unhealthy obsession with bread. She has stolen dinner rolls and loaves of bread off of the counter, then enjoyed them on the couch when she thought we weren’t looking. She would be THRILLED if bread fell from the sky. Way less effort and more food. A beagle’s dream!
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  29. Tori
    October 1, 2013 at 11:22 am (2 years ago)

    How annoying!!! Seriously…do they have kids? Maybe you can feed them chocolate and send them home all wired….they might get the jist.
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  30. Blueberry's human
    October 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I feel your pain. My neighbors free-feed their dogs outside and the birds are always dropping it in the yard, along with the bread someone else leaves out for them. Thankfully, they usually drop it in the baby pool and B won’t go in there after it since she is afraid of kiddie pool water.

    Although, it’s pretty cool that the dogs think manna is falling from heaven just for them! You should set up a video camera to capture them looking as a piece of bed gently thuds to the ground!

  31. Nichole
    October 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm (2 years ago)

    LOL, can’t wait to hear if you’ve spoken with the neighbors yet! :) If not, perhaps you can encourage them to feed the birds – um, you know – BIRD SEED? :)
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  32. snoopys@snoopysdogblogs
    October 1, 2013 at 7:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Do the Dogs know you’re gonna stop ‘snack time’? I can’t imagine they’d be too happy?! :)

    My Mum loved your comment about the Cat, she had a Cat one time and discovered that a neighbor was taking pictures of her cat as it sat in front of his fireplace after having his dinner there! It also ate at another neighbors house too – kind made sense why it never wanted the food she was putting out for it, clearly it wasn’t good enough! :)

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :)
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