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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods
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Old 11-09-2015, 06:21 PM
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fall has come and my growing seed season is over. This thread is the sequel to my other thread how to sprout seed...

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...t-seed-ii.html

i have no clue where to start on this so i guess i will start with what i grew. at the end i will sum up how i grew each batch of seed

i started off trying to grow red and white millet (aka whats in their Higgins supreme parakeet blend) and flax. the flax was just the regular stuff from the store. later i grew oats and spray millet.

i grew several batches and found out what works best.

first time this year: i think i started it a little too early..

starting with sprouting


after it sprouted for a day or two, i planted it and i kept it out of the sun so it wouldn't dry up so fast.


the flax, which did not show signs of sprouting prior to planting


i think i took pics every other day or when there was significant growth


as you can see, not all of them grew, i did spread them pretty heavily in the planter. oh, and i am using just an average porch box, the long thin ones


the flax started to grow


and grow...




fast forward a bit and the grass is coming up good


the flax has several leaves


a while later, the flax shot up and the grass stayed very short


Flax flowers! they are very small and delicate and only were blooming for a few hours before they died


a seed pod, a bud, and a flower about to bloom




i didn't get a pic of the dried flax seed pods, but the seeds did develop!
meanwhile my millet seeds were coming out.


i started picking them when they were still green and the Cherubs love them as you might notice, the grass really didn't get any taller, which was pretty disappointing. since it wasn't the greatest height, i picked most of the seed when it was green


green sprays are white millet and black tipped sprays are red millet- not totally dried


when i started that batch of seed, i also started some millet (as in the treat). sprouting it was weird and it took a lot longer. only a few had tails


it took forever to gain height


when it grew sprays, they were really small. i just let them dry and then i picked them and gave the fids a treat


also, eventually the oats in the seed mix grew. the birds were sure what it was buy my rabbit loved them! in my bigger batch, the oats grew much better



Take two! using what i learned from the first batch (i.e. it was very sparse) i took it up a notch and found an old recycling bin. this time i was shooting deeper soil for the plants to grow. i already pre sprouted the seed mix and millet. this time i also decided to use a green house method



those planter trays that hold plants


and cover and clothes pin. the air can flow in the front and back


in the porch box, i started flax, oat and some stray red/white millet


at first the seed in the orange bin grew nicely, then i believe it got a little moldy even with the cover off, and eventually it died off. the spray millet grew great! ( it was on the left side separated from the other millet)


this is a comparison of the millet seedling from the orange box (the seedlings were still to crowded despite the deeper soil) to the stray millet seedlings from the flax and oat box. one is thin and the others are nice and big


fast forward. the red and white millet in the orange box died, but the spray millet took over. the stray seeds from the last picture grew amazingly tall and had lots of seed! i was very excited

they were over a foot tall!


that tall stuff is all of the spray millet!!


developing seeds (which were good size sprays compared to the last ones)


white millet after harvest the cherubs loved it!!




this was the average size of the millet from this batch. i did have a few bigger ones that i don't have pictures of.


with the smaller sprays from that batch, i picked them and put them in my sink mat forager (diy in one of my threads) and watch them forage





to sum up the two batches...

#1
pre sprouted seeds
small shallow planter
many seeds per square inch
partial to full sun
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short grass with few seeds

#2
pre sprouted seeds
'greenhouse' for the first week or so
partial sun on spray millet, full sun on flax, oat and stray millet seeds


TIPS:
after sprouting, plant the seeds one by one so there is room in between them, don't sprinkle over the dirt - though that did work for the spray millet oddly enough

keep the seeds watered, especially if out in the sun

i think it would be ok to use a "greenhouse" when they are first growing, as long as air can get in

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next year i think i will start seeds in 6-packs and then transplant them into the garden or a pot.

i hope this helped!!

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Wow, you did a wonderful job and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this thread

Thank you for posting step-by-step so I and other forum members can take advantage and try some growing of our own!

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thank you the birds just love it so much and it makes me happy!
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Shelly this is awesome....my goal is to grow a nice size area next season, I love your millet sprays, and how can you get
more healthy then fresh green millet. Thank's for sharing...
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That was awesome!!!

Thank you so much for all the pictures and details!!!! I think I might have a project for next year!!!
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No reason why this can't be done indoors as well. Grow lamps can be used to give proper "sun light". Great article.
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Thanks for sharing

Hopefully I will be doing this after winters
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Great tutorial, I am going to try this. Your birds must be thrilled with getting to forage on fresh millet. Love those flax flowers, they are so delicate.
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the birds go CRAZY for the fresh seed! they will all be singing and then i put it out and it goes silent because they are all trying to get a bite i think its also a good back up for budgies that are sick... its a tempting way to get them to eat some living food
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