Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by fushalilly, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Songster

    Mar 9, 2008
    Rhode Island
    I justed ordered PROSO from Mcmurray for my three black star hens. Is it any good? Have you tried it? How do you grow it? What does it do for the birds?
  2. spook

    spook Songster

    Hmmm, never heard of it but it sounds interesting! I will be looking forward to reading what others write. Now is that a warm area crop? This sounds foolish but why did you order it? now I better go find out what that is!
  3. Ron

    Ron Songster

    Feb 22, 2008
    Southeast Texas
    Yes, it is a millet. Grows easily in warm weather, chickens love it.
  4. digitS'

    digitS' Songster

    Dec 12, 2007
    ID/WA border
    I have grown foxtail millet in my garden for several years. It is the "spray millet" that you can probably buy at your pet store as a treat for caged birds. Perhaps, proso and foxtail have similar requirements.

    It doesn't take much other than some room to grow. Plant about the same time as sweet corn, after the soil and air temperatures have warmed. Foxtail millet will only take a couple of months to make a crop.

    Harvesting is the tricky part - watch the neighborhood birds. When the millet is ripe, they will let you know. Don't hesitate, harvest. I once noticed the house finches feeding in the millet. I let it go for 2 days and they'd taken nearly all of it [​IMG].

    After that, I was quicker to respond. I cut it, tie it in bundles and hang it in the garage from the ceiling to dry. It is a very easy crop and even competes fairly well with weeds [​IMG].


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