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I was just wondering if it was worth purchasing a mix of seeds that include millet?  I usually alternate what I put out in the feeder.  Is it better to just put out black oil seed and do all the birds like that?

I've noticed that a few people have recommended Tractor Supply for their bird feed and suet blocks.  I just happen to have one of those stores here.

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Definitely don't purchase a blend with milo.  Very few birds eat it, and they're mostly game birds.  In urban and suburban areas, it's just wasted money.

I don't have much at my suburban feeder that eats millet except the doves.  I do have a feeder with a so-called 'fruit and nut' blend, but I get ones that either don't have millet or have it low on the ingredients list.

I swear by Tractor Supply's sunflower; it's has the lowest price I've found (Wally, Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, etc.).  However, the only thing in my yard that will eat their suet is a couple of mockingbirds, and even the squirrels reject their peanuts!  Others have had better luck with those products.  I'd try one or two suet blocks and the smallest bag of mix and see what results you get.  Maybe you'll be one of the successful ones.

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I agree, I don't think it's worth it to buy Tractor Supply's "Value Mix Wild Bird Food" (a mix of milo, millet, corn, wheat, and sunflower seeds).  In my experience most of the birds will throw the other stuff to the ground to get to the sunflower seeds.

Most birds love black oil sunflower seeds, including cardinals, chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers, nuthatches, doves, finches, and jays.  We get our BOSS (three forty-pound bags at a time!) and suet mainly from Tractor Supply as well.  Walmart only occasionally has a better price for their BOSS.

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Thanks for the answers.  I do get black oil seed every other time and I get suet blocks that the woodpeckers really like, especially a downy.  The suet block that I buy has a Pileated woodpecker on the label.   I get it at the local farmers supply store.   I do have a Tractor Supply store that has a larger selection of seed and suet, but it is farther away.

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The black oil sunflower is always best I have to agree with everyone. I usually buy the sunflower hearts, but sometimes I will get the black oil sunflower if I'm low on cash, and the birds love it. When I first start using black oil sunflower, I noticed I had way more of a variety of birds also. The suet blocks from Tractor Supply work good for me, but I've heard others do not have good luck with it. Usually a suet with peanuts and other mixed nuts is a good one to choose I have learned.

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Millet is a favorite of many birds, and we actually have a cement bench (the seat part) laying on the ground where we put a mixture of white millet and Nutra-Saff safflower seed (the brown seed as it contains more oils and has a softer hull).  We put out a good deal in the morning, and I often have to go out there to put even more out.  Chipping and Song Sparrows literally pool around that stuff and eat a ton of it, cardinals, doves, you name it.  So if you're opting for a mix with millet, definitely a yes.  Just avoid the brands with too much milo.  Oddly enough, and contrary to popular opinion.... some birds actually do eat milo.  We've not been buying anything that has milo in it lately, as it seems it's really not that big of a deal.

We have several feeders, both front and back yards, and offer a variety of stuff for the birds.  Since adding the additional feeders and different types of food... we've had an explosion of birds that visit.  We also have a great habitat for them (both front and back yards), so I'm sure that helps.

Anyway, that was a too-wordy way of saying... yes, white millet is good. :)

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On 1/9/2018 at 11:09 AM, SummerShaddow said:

Millet is a favorite of many birds,

Which birds?

The reason I don't suggest a mix is that the birds who don't like millet, but do like, say, safflower, are going to sift through the millet to get to the safflower and lots of millet is going to end up on the ground.  What I suggest  (assuming you want to attract birds that like millet) is put up a feeder with all millet, another feeder with just safflower, etc.  That's what I do, I have feeders with just sunflower, others with just safflower, others with just thistle, etc.  No millet, so far, but I'll try that too.  But I have never put a mix in any feeder.

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On 1/17/2018 at 7:01 AM, Mr. Ray Hairweave said:

Which birds?

The reason I don't suggest a mix is that the birds who don't like millet, but do like, say, safflower, are going to sift through the millet to get to the safflower and lots of millet is going to end up on the ground.  What I suggest  (assuming you want to attract birds that like millet) is put up a feeder with all millet, another feeder with just safflower, etc.  That's what I do, I have feeders with just sunflower, others with just safflower, others with just thistle, etc.  No millet, so far, but I'll try that too.  But I have never put a mix in any feeder.

I have a direct line of site to the cement bench we keep on the ground where we put millet and NutriSaff (golden safflower) seeds.  They're in other feeders as a mix too.  I see song sparrows, chipping sparrows, white-throated sparrows (they visit us in winter as migrants), cardinals, doves, Eastern Towhees, Indigo Buntings (we only get them around her in spring and sometimes summer).  I also believe the dark-eyed Juncos like it too, but don't quote me on that.  I've heard the Towhees but am not around to see them at the bench with the millet, but they do love the stuff, which is why you'll often see their image on the bag.  I've had to replace the millet and safflower at least one more time during the day because it disappears so fast.  I buy more white millet than any other seed, and that's no exaggeration.  Well, with the exception of Nyjer seed for wintering goldfinches.

As with any seed, get a good brand that's consistently known to be fresh (not sure if I can give out a brand name here of what I use).

EDIT:  Don't confuse white millet with MILO... totally different.  Not a lot of birds like milo, BUT... believe it or not there are birds that eat that too.

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