Wagner's Safflower Seed Premium Wild Bird Food, 5-lb bag

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If you have unwanted larger birds and squirrels crowding out the birds you want to see at your feeder, try using Wagner's Safflower Seed Premium Wild Bird Food. Give songbirds and smaller birds a chance with quality safflower seeds, a Cardinal all-time favorite food that also attracts chickadees, titmice and grosbeaks. You can use this seed to discourage squirrels by gradually filling your feeder with Wagner's Safflower and then mixing in your favorite Wagner's premium bird food blend.

Key Benefits
  • Give songbirds and smaller birds a chance to enjoy your feeder with quality safflower seeds
  • These seeds are a Cardinal all-time favorite food, and is also loved by chickadees, titmice and grosbeaks
  • You can use this seed to discourage squirrels by gradually filling your feeder with Wagner's Safflower and then mixing in your favorite Wagner's premium bird food blend
  • Great for tube or platform feeders, or on the ground
  • Resealable bag ensures freshness

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Nutritional Info

Safflower Seed.

Feeding Instructions

Add to tube feeder mix or feed from platform feeder or ground.

Transition Instructions

If you have unwanted birds and squirrels crowding out your songbirds we recommend gradually filling your feeder with Wagner’s Safflower seed for a period of time, then gradually mixing in your favorite Wagner’s Premium Wild Bird Food.


Where should I locate my feeder to attract the most birds?

Make sure that your feeder is close to natural shelter such as trees and shrubs to provide protection for your birds, but be careful not to make it too convenient for squirrels. Also, place it in a location so that you can enjoy watching the activities of your feathered friends.

Should I feed the birds year-round?

Yes, birds need food year-round, so it is best to keep bird feeders full all year or else the birds will leave. Birds have a high metabolism and need to continually eat. Birds nest from late winter through late summer and during these months there is not an abundance of natural foods, so they need additional food for breeding and raising their young. From early fall through the winter, natural food sources become harder to find so it is important to keep feeders full with bird seed during this time. You can enjoy your birds 12 months of the year.

What is the best bird food?

To attract the greatest variety of birds, feed the birds the seeds they like to eat. Oil Sunflower Seed is one of the best seeds to have in a wild bird food mix. It is popular with a large number of species and is easy to feed in a variety of feeder styles. Wagner's blends provide a wide selection of seed choices (including ones which contain Oil Sunflower) that will attract the largest variety of birds to the backyard feeder. Wagner's has the mixes that will attract the species you want and will fit any budget.

How can I attract specific birds and not attract others (e.g. starlings, grackles and cowbirds)?

Make sure that you have the right bird food to attract specific birds. Sunflower is a great seed that many species love. Also specialty blends, such as Wagner's Cardinal Blend or Finches Supreme, will attract these specific birds. Birdseed with less milo and corn won't attract as many cowbirds, grackles and starlings if you would rather not see these birds.

How do I stop squirrels from eating all of my birdseed?

Squirrels are a common problem at bird feeders. There are now a number of feeder styles designed to prevent squirrels from reaching the seed. For example, some use a weighted system that closes the feeder port when the weight of a squirrel is sensed. Squirrel baffles are also available to place above or below your feeder (depending on how your feeder is mounted) to prevent the squirrels from reaching your feeder. Additionally, there are 2 seeds that squirrels do not like -- safflower and nyjer seed. An optional method is to supply the squirrels with their own supply of food away from the bird feeder area. Cracked corn works nicely.

Where and how should I store my bird seed after I bring it home?

The best place to store your bird seed is elevated on a shelf in a cool, dry location in your garage, basement or storage shed. Whether you keep your bird seed in the original bag or in a storage container, you should make sure that it is closed or sealed tightly. It is also important that the storage location has good air circulation and is away from direct sunlight or heat source. You should avoid storing your bird seed on a cement floor, since moisture from the floor can be transferred to the seed. Keeping your seed dry will help it last longer.

Should I clean my feeder and how often should I do it?

Moldy or decomposing seeds are not healthy for birds to eat. You should wash and disinfect your feeder at least once a month and more frequently during wet weather. First wash the feeder in hot, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. To disinfect the feeder, immerse it for a couple of minutes in a solution of 1 part household bleach to 9 parts water. Rinse again completely with clean water and dry before refilling. You should thoroughly wash your hands after you have finished cleaning your feeder.


Wagner's Wild Bird Food

Wagner's has a simple philosophy when it comes to feeding wild birds—feed them the seeds they like. And they make it easy for bird watchers to keep their feeders busy with a wide variety of premium, specialty, deluxe and value blends. Wagner's seed mixes are made with only the cleanest, freshest ingredients to fill your yard with the happy chirps of satisfied songbirds.

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Wagner's Always The First

Always The First

As an industry trailblazer, Wagner's has had many firsts. They were the first company over 80 years ago to sell a bird seed for year-round feeding. Before that, bird feeding was just a winter activity to give wild birds the energy they needed to survive the winter. They've also been the first to market black oil sunflower seed, regional blends, and deluxe and premium bird foods.

About Wagner's

As the oldest and largest privately owned wild bird food company in the USA, Wagner's has been helping bird enthusiasts attract wild birds to their backyards since 1894. With special blends of high-quality, fresh ingredients, their seed mixes have become time-tested favorites for all types of birds across America. They produce many different wild bird foods that are developed to give your feathered friends more of the seeds they love, making your feeders come alive with beautiful songbirds.

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  • The birds except woodpeckers love it

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    Chewy expert Frederick found that safflower seed is the product available that birds except woodpeckers like (woodpeckers have been a problem for a neighbor since I have provided bird food from Chewy that woodpeckers do like). Indeed the birds other than the woodpeckers like it enough to go through a 5-pound bag in 10 days!! The woodpeckers are also no longer a problem for our neighbor. I will be ordering more safflower seed from Chewy, to keep our many hungry wild birds happy!!

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  • Squirrels loved it

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    My squirrels loved it! The product description states that squirrels don't like the taste so I bought it to deter my furry friends. It didn't work. The birds have not yet decided but right now I only have the safflower seeds in the feeder. It might take some time for them to adjust.

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  • Safflower for the win

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    I’ve switched from using black oil sunflower seed to this. All of the birds you want at your feeder love this. (Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatch etc..) And all of the birds you DON’T want have finally left my feeders alone. (Grackles, Starlings, Red-winged blackbirds) The seed lasts a long time because the birds that do come don’t pig out on it like the nuisance birds would. Love it!

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  • Not squirrel proof

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    I bought 3 bags so that I could keep up with feeding my cardinals, house finches, yellow finches and purple finches along with a few other birds. Well this seed claims squirrels don't like salt flower seeds. I am here to tell you that the squirrels in western Ma seem to like them. The birds like the seed but if you're looking for seed that the squirrels don't like this is not the one.

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  • Safflower Seeds

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    I have never seen seeds this small. I bought them for my Macaw and they are like a bag of dust. (when I purchased thru another store they were much larger seeds). Not very happy with this product

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  • Excellent product and price

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    My parrot loves this product. It supplies vitamins and nutrients and he has fun just cracking open these seeds. Other than "people food" this is the only bird product he will eat.

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  • This was not a winner, in our area.

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    We live in they Napa Valley CA. and this was not a winner in our backyard. But,we are going to try to SUNFLOWER, CHIPS AND PIECES next! Love Chewy's and Wagner's continued Superior service.

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  • Birds love it and squirrels don't!

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    Very pleased with this safflower seed! The package is wonderful with the velcro closure. I can open it and close it easily and the seed has been very well received by my birds. I love that the squirrels leave it alone, but so do the starlings which tend to come in ans swamp the other feed I put out. I'm adding this to my order permanently. Thanks. *S*

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  • remedy for crows and squirrels

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    Got Squirrels---got crows? They can empty your feeders in no time. This is where safflower seed comes to the rescue. This remedy works! The crows and squirrels are gone and the birds are enjoying the seed. It is a fine quality safflower seed but don't take my word for it. Ask my birds! In addition Chewy's fast delivery is a big plus.

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  • Keep unwanted birds away

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    I purchased this because I was told that the scavenger birds cannot crack the seeds. Instead, the birds that I want to attract like Cardinals chickadees titmice and woodpeckers can crack the seeds.

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