Does anyone grow Millet?

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    I have noticed that millet grows like crazy under my bird feeders. After doing a little investigation I found that millet is a fairly healthy food source. I was wondering if anyone on this site grows it for human consumption. All I would have to do to grow it is quit mowing it down.
     
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    I grow it for ducks sometime
     
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    I was extremely fed up with how much growing underneath my bird feeders. Sunflower seeds germinated inside my hanging basket and right underneath the tree from which I hanged the feeders. Now the bird feeders go to hard concrete ground. The only feeder allowed is the one with fat balls in it. It's a nightmare clearing them and they matted together like a carpet. Now you have pointed out, there could be millet, oat, wheat and sunflower seeds. I've just learned that you can use wheat to make maltose.
     
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    No, because I reflexively pull anything that looks like grass; however, Sorghum is also a common seed in most bird seeds and look very much like corn in its early stages.

    Somehow it got away from underneath my birdfeeders and grows in several areas of my yard, it now reseeds itself. The cardinals love it, so I allow it to grow.
     
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    If I have land, I would certainly let anything which seeds itself grow. Would love to make a wildflower meadows.. Comes on, spring, get your act together!
     
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    I feed the birds bread . All the bird seeds sprout way to easy around the feeder .
     
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    Now I wish I had bought most of the bread yesterday. A tart of 4" diameter went for 13p. And there were loads of bread/loaves around. Will the white bread kill the birds? Hehe!
     
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    Are birds eat what ever all most gone loaf we have , white,wheat or rye. Never found any dead ones

    The only problem I have is my wife’s bread eating dog
     
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    I've been listening to cover crop videos this morning and this one mentioned Sorghum and Millet as a cover crop -- interesting coincidence...:cool:


     
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    Silentrunning, I only grow it by accident under the feeders, but you've piqued my interest. I might have to exercise my google-fu after work tonight!!(y)



    It won't kill them, but it's "empty" calories, so it's not good for them. They'll get full on the bread, and stop eating before they get the nutrients they need. Probably not too bad in summer but more detrimental in winter, when they need to stay warm. I have thrown bread for them in the summer, but try to stick to seeds and suet in the winter. (y)




    I see your bread eating dog, and I'll raise you three bread eating cats! :ROFLMAO:

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    They prefer wheat bread. :confused:
     
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    The idea that bread kills birds is pretty much fiction. I'm sure a diet of nothing but bread could have some negative effects but the same could be said of almost any food. As a treat for birds who have a good diet bread is harmless. During extremely cold and snowy weather it could mean the survival of some birds.
     
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    Like his ethos.. Organic and good for the environment. It's such a luxury to go organic. Hope he fares well. He deserves it.
     
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    I always look at white bread with suspicions. A lot of people eat it and they are OK. I can't go completely wholemeal as it would be too tough. I do like half white and half wholemeal. I have heard that sourdough is actually better, but don't really want to go to all that trouble.
     
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    Lovely dog, @DrCase !
     
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    Have to be careful with dogs eating mouldy bread, the mould is there before you can see it.it
    can kill them and maybe cats as well. But i know dogs can.
     
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    yeah we grow millet in our village on large scale. we grow it to sale in market.
     
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    What foodstuff do you make from it?
     
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    Actually, we grow millet to sale it in market while the remaining part is saved as a feed for birds. We have 3-4 pairs of hens and we feed them in order to collect eggs for breakfast of next morning.
     
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