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What You Should Actually Feed Ducks: An Explainer

Plus where to feed ducks in North Texas

Heading down to a pond for a picnic is a great way to spend a spring day. Even better, let the little ones throw a few pieces of food to the ducks swimming nearby. But before you tear the crust of your sandwich, there are a few things to know before feeding ducks.

According to the Texas Human Network, there are plenty of ways to ensure you and the ducks have a fun, safe time. 


  • Offer ducks a diet of oats, rice, mealworms, birdseed, frozen peas, chopped lettuce or sliced grapes. These options closely resemble the foods they naturally consume.
  • Ensure the food is cut into small, bite-sized pieces since ducks do not chew their food.
  • Pick up any trash before you leave! 


  • Do not feed ducks anything that deviates from their natural diet; this includes junk food, bread, chips, crackers, cereal, popcorn, avocado, citrus fruits, dairy and similar items.
  • Do not attempt to pet any wild ducks or geese. Not all wildlife is friendly!
  • Do not get too close. Ducks can be fragile, especially ducklings — throwing food in front of them rather at them ensures they do not get injured. 
  • If the ducks appear disinterested, refrain from continuing to feed them; they may already be full. 

Where To Feed Ducks

Russel Creek Park
3500 McDermott Rd, Plano

Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve 
5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano

Bob Woodruff Park 
2601 San Gabriel Dr, Plano

Duck Creek Linear Park
300 Ponderosa Dr, Richardson

Breckenridge Park
555 Brand Rd, Richardson

Towne Lake Park
1405 Wilson Creek Pkwy, McKinney

Bethany Lakes Park
745 S Allen Heights Dr, Allen

Celebration Park
701 N Angel Pkwy, Allen

Vitruvian Park
3875 Ponte Ave, Addison

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