Birds Like Safflower Seed Squirrels Dislike

Birds Like Safflower Seed Squirrels Dislike

Keep the squirrels off your feeders by changing your birdseed.  Birds like safflower seed squirrels dislike it. So, if you are looking for a great way to feed the birds and keep the squirrels at bay, look toward the seed.

If you have a backyard feeder there most certainly are birds you want to attract and the critters that you don’t. Backyard birders have a love / hate relationship with squirrels, grackles, blackbirds, crows, and starlings.

By switching out your birdseed to safflower seed you can almost eliminate the critters you do not want at your feeder.

What are Safflowers?

Grow Your Own Safflower Seed

Safflowers are a thistle-like annual with globe flowers that are either yellow, orange or red.

The flower is commercially cultivated for vegetable oil that is extracted from the seeds.

Each branch will have from one to five flower heads containing 15 to 20 white seeds per head.



What Do Safflower Seeds Look Like?

If you have an issue with common grackles, squirrels, blackbirds and crows – GOOD NEWS!  They dislike safflower seed

Safflower seeds are a pale yellow, medium size seed with a hard outer seed that the birds crack open to eat the tender heart.  Much like a sunflower seed.

The seeds are high in fat, fiber and protein, making them an ideal choice to fill your feeders with. 



You can purchase commercial seeds or easily grow your own.

Feeders To Use Seed In

Birds That Enjoy Safflower Seeds

Birds that eat safflower seeds