5# Safflower

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Safflower is often overlooked as a quality item for any feeder setup. While it can sprout, and does produce shells, it nonetheless has several benefits that can make it worth keeping on hand even if only for occasional use.

Whereas Sunflower is readily shelled by any bird who can get their beak on it, Safflower is a more difficult nut to crack. Or a seed to crack, in this case. Chickadees, Finches, Nuthatches, and other small birds can crack or pop safflower open relatively easily, but due to the high toughness and small size of the seed it proves difficult or impossible for larger birds to access.

Safflower has a taste not dissimilar from roasted coffee beans (though it lacks caffeine, as far as we know). This will often limit the interest of squirrels, though not always.

Last, but certainly not least, Safflower is inexpensive and may appeal to those on smaller budgets.

You can use safflower temporarily if larger birds are dominating your feeder, start with about 30-50% safflower and simply mix a little more in each day for a few days until the large birds start to ignore the feeder, as you would with switching your dog/cat to a new food. The smaller birds should continue to feed as they adjust to the new mix. Once the larger birds are habituated away from the feeder of concern, you can switch back to your normal mix. 

It is also perfectly normal to use Safflower exclusively at all times, or to use it with Nyjer, Hulled Millet, and other "small bird" seeds if you so desire; and/or to include sunflower (hulled or not) in any custom combination you desire.

In addition to various small birds, safflower will interest doves and/or pigeons if offered on the ground, in a tray, or on any flat surface; doves and pigeons do not like to perch while eating, a useful tip whether you want to encourage or discourage them!