I've been offering Merlin broccoli by hand, I first offered carrot but he turned his beak up to it. I figured broccoli kind of looks like green millet (I've been hand feeding millet every day) to a baby budgie, and to my surprise he started exploring the buds with his beak and tongue. That was 3 days ago I first offered it.
Today I offered again and just wanted to share as I had my phone with me to capture it. He was really into broccoli today, this was his third piece that size (he was seriously mowing the previous two pieces I didn't get on video). He drops a lot of buds he breaks off because he's still not 100% sure how to eat it, hehe. He also seems to enjoy the little stems that the buds are attached to.
Unfortunately I was filming through the bars because he's not "hand tame" yet, so my apologies to any bars that may show up. He's also going through his first molt.
I thought he was done but apparently not so another video
He tries to keep a broccoli bud in his mouth so it doesn't fall out by moving his head in whatever direction the bud goes in his mouth, I thought this was hilarious! I wish I got it on video.
Then he preens himself after he finished his goodies