I'm trying to convert my little seed junkie to eating veggies and yesterday and today she nibbled on a spinach leaf and ate a tiny little bit of a sugar snap pea. She doesnt like or at least hasnt tried any if the other veggies though. She seemed to really enjoy the spinach.
I've read that you aren't supposed to feed budgies too much spinach since it reduces calcium absorption but I can't find any information on how much is too much. Is a leaf a day, every second day or once a week too much? He only had about half a square cm today I guess.
I'm keen to capitalise on her tasting and apparently liking spinach and I wonder if I don't give it to her for another week she might forget that she liked it and the whole process will start again.
Also, if she likes spinach what else might she be open to trying? So far I've tried unsuccessfully kale, parsley, rocket, carrots, broccoli or sweet potatoes. etc. Are other salad leaves ok? I can't seem to find any romaine salad though.
I won't stop giving her other vegetables of course. Are sugar snap peas ok?
I offer my flock a spinach 1-2 times a week at most, and it is always offered in addition to other leafy greens and other veggies chopped in so the real amount of spinach is really not that high.
When it comes to conditioning and breeding my pairs however, I never offer spinach as there are so many other options that do not have the potential problems with calcium absorption
In your situation however, as long as you do not expect any egg laying the benefit of offering a bit more spinach to help with the conversion process will likely outweigh the chances of the spinach causing any problems in the short term. If you chop spinach with some other veggies like red pepper, kale etc you should be able to convert your little stinker in no time