Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Eating said recipe: Galah "Bondi"
This morning I was bustling around trying to figure out what to make myself for breakfast... a fruit smoothie, oatmeal, just cereal... then I realized the birds would probably appreciate breakfast BEFORE I got mine. I decided on oatmeal for myself, and so I figured I'd make them some too. But then I thought about how I could make it healthier for them, maybe by adding veggies? I looked into the fridge and didn't find much but green onions...
Then I saw it... some left over canned spinach! I grabbed it and mixed it into the hot bowl of old fashioned, slow cooking oatmeal I had going on the stove. As I stirred it in, it mixed really well. And canned spinach ALWAYS mixes well with other ingredients because it's already so wet. I love using it for foods with the birds. And I always include it in birdy bread and/or muffins.
Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Shown: Spinach Oatmeal
I mixed it in and let it cool, then offered it from the pot to my galah, Bondi. She would be the taste tester for the rest of the flock.
The verdict was in and she was LOVING this oatmeal with spinach. She didn't try to avoid the spinach either, and couldn't really. I watched her eat a while and she was getting lots of spinach in her bites of oatmeal. I was happy with the new recipe and divided it between my flock of 6 birds.
I realized that when I make things on a more daily basis that I can start using spinach in it ALL. For example, I only make oatmeal for my birds once a week or so but for daily foods like sweet potatoe and brown rice, I can literally just stir in the spinach for extra flavor and nutrition.
It's my new favorite ingredient for my flock as I know they need their greens!
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.