You can save money and grow millet seed for pet caged birds such as parakeets, cockatiels, canary, parrots and finches by planting seed from the millet stalks and sprays that you buy in pet shops and stores.
You can grow millet from seed in your vegetables or in pots in the greenhouse or on your kitchen windowsill.
Plant loose millet seeds in a rich soil mixed with a little sand for good drainage.
You do not need to plant the millets seeds very deep - just lightly cover them with the soil as you sow them.
Keep the seeds watered but do not over water - Millet plants don't grow well in a waterlogged soil.
As the crop grows you will need to thin out the seedlings. Birds will enjoy nibbling on the young green millet shoots - so don't throw these nutritious shoots out as you thin out your millet crop.
Allow millet to turn brown before harvesting .
Some varieties of millet grow up to 15 feet - but generally the more common red millet plant grows to around 1 foot high.
Try planting other seeds from your bird's seed mix - everything a bird food seed mix should grow.
Oats and Wheat are enjoyed by birds, these are best picked while they are still green - but you also save to harvest and dry to feed later - or even to grow a fresh crop!
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How to grow red millet seed from planting and sowing bird food mix - parakeet, parrot, finch canary, millets sprays and stalks of Millet. Save money by growing your own cheap bird seed . Advice on sowing millet seeds found in mixes.