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The Safflower Solution

Are squirrels driving you nuts? Do blackbirds and grackles crowd your feeder chasing away the birds you want to see?

If so, you can try the safflower solution! Safflower is a small, white seed that is high in protein and fat. Many favorite backyard birds - including jays, cardinals, chickadees, House Finches, doves, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, titmice and White-breasted Nuthatches - savor safflower. Blackbirds, grackles and squirrels typically do not.

Start by offering safflower gradually, mixing it with the seed or seed blends you currently provide. Over time increase the amount of safflower until you are offering straight safflower. The seed looks and tastes different from other bird seed, so it may take your birds some time to adjust.

If you have questions, ask the Certified Bird Feeding Specialists at Wild Birds Unlimited for advice and assistance.

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