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Pinecones?

I just picked up a couple of pine cones from the park, and i wanted to know how to prepare them to be safe for Sparkle. Was thinking of using them as a forage and shredding toy.

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I believe people disinfect and bake them first but I will let somebody else confirm that

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I was thinking same but need guidelines for what to disinfect with and bake at what temp and how long.

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For everything animal related I use F10 disinfectant. We use it at the vets

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I'd be careful with that. Maybe it's possible to order some online that are safe and untreated, etc.?




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Well they all come from a tree... I just need to know how to make it safe

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Pine Cones: Pine cones make great food toys for parrots. Pick up any pine cones that are freshly dropped. Soak pine cones in a dishpan with vinegar water (about a cup of vinegar to a gallon of water) for 10-15 minutes - this gets all the dirt and bugs out. (PLEASE NOTE: HEATED vinegar emits toxic fumes similar to carbon dioxide. Bird owners have lost their pets by adding vinegar to their dishwashing cycle, or used it to clean coffee machines.) Then let them air-dry in a large colander for 24 hours. The second step is to put the pinecones on a foil covered cookie sheet and bake at about 150 to 200 degrees for 20-30 minutes to kill bacteria, molds, etc. Obviously, let them cool down before giving them to your pets. Both big and small birds treasure them. Offer as is, wrapped in other things (paper, cups, folded paper plates) or stuff treats (nut butters with seeds or dried fruit) into the cones.

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