SAFFLOWER BIRD SEED
By Jo Ann Lencioni/Dry Good Department
Safflower seed is one of the oldest oilseed crops in the history of mankind. The high fat, protein and oil content of Safflower make it a valuable nutritional food source for wild birds. Widely known as the cardinal’s favorite food of choice, safflower has also been recognized as the solution to many squirrel problems at birdfeeders. Typically, squirrels seem to avoid safflower and its bitter taste. However, if you mix safflower with other seed they will sweep through it picking out their favorites!
In addition to cardinals, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches and grosbeaks are also attracted to safflower seed. Most important, however, is that many of the "bully" birds, also known as "feeder hogs", do not like it.
If you are using safflower seed in your bird feeder for the first time, be patient. The seed looks and tastes different from the other bird seed, so it may take your birds some time to adjust. Safflower seed can be used in any kind of feeder that will hold sunflower seed.