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do you grow seed?

a while ago i tried sprouting seed but it was getting gross so i threw it in a planter outside. it has now grown and has seeds. (it was their daily seed mix). yesterday i decided to take off some seeds and offer it to the flock.many of them seemed to really like it, including bowie, which is huge for him. yesterday i soaked more seed and loose millet and today i put it in soil.

is it ok to feed green seeds/grass? i would imagine it is. my plan if it is, is to plant a lot of it everyday to keep a supply going. that way, i can fed them fresh seeds everyday and plant more (like fodder systems for livestock/horses/ rabbits- and i read that budgies can have barley fodder).

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Green seeds and grass are awesome, in nature they eat a lot of it in their Australian habitat. They are a very healthy enrichment to their nutrition.
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ok good i just started a new batch for growing, both seeds and millet. i just "planted" the seeds this morning after soaking them for 12+ hours and they already have the tails growing on them. if all goes well, i will experiment with growing and sprouting seed methods and make some thread with pictures!

would you say that green seeds and/or sprouted seeds are less fatty than the dry seed? i want to find better daily options for the flock...

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I grow millet for my birds. Here are a few tips.

1. If you plant too thickly you will get small seed sprays. The more sparsely planted, the larger the spray.

2.If you planted in the ground the natual rain should be adequate unless you are in a dry climate. I'm in Michigan. I didn't need to water last year. This year I planted in containers and needed to water.

3. Don't give up on it. Just when you think "this stuff isn't going to do anything, I'll just cut it down", you will start to notice seed heads.

4.Let it dry on the stalk, but you can start feeding it as soon as you have seeds, even if it's green. (People can't digest uncooked millet so don't try eating it yourself)

5. They will love it and might never want store bought millet again.


I also grow flax for my birds and give them the flowers. It's a tiny treat but they love it too.
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ok i will have to try planting it differently. from my last batch of just seeds, not all of them came up, so this time i have an even layer of them in a pot. last time i also was using a different seed brand. all it going well, but next time i will not keep the plastic over the pot on the first night because the roots were a little fuzzy this morning. i think they will be fine

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If you are planting, you shouldn't need to sprout millet first. If you just want sprouts then I have no clue what to do.
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Sprouting seeds you need to make sure you dry them off once a day at least from what I've read. You can't keep them super damp the whole time or they'll go bad!



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You know, I'd never even considered feeding the grown plants with the seeds! I may consider chucking some down in the garden and seeing what happens

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I don't sprout the seeds before planting. I do soak them for about 18 hours and sprinkle them on soil and cover. They are doing really good so far and they are growing fast. My older plants, I am letting the last of the seed dry to see how it is. On my old seed mix there were little black seeds that they didn't like. Some of them grew and the look like broccoli! I'm waiting for the seeds to come out

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Its always fun to see what grows when you plant a hand full of seed mix.
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