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Old 12-01-2010, 04:36 PM
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The caravan park that we're staying in has quite a few pine tress growing, and I've been busy collecting pine cones off the ground to take home for Curly and Mo next week so they can shred them, or do whatever they want with them.

My question is, like all things collected this way, what is the best method of disinfecting the pine cones so that I'm not passing on any nasties?

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I would soak in a mild disinfectant (dish soap or F10) and then bake in the oven to kill off all the nasties

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put them in the oven for 30 minutes on 250 F. Mine love them, used to give them to my Guinea Pigs all the time too.
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Thanks for the advice Debbie, Rachelle and Amberlea, that's what I thought too after reading something similar in another thread here on TB, but just wanted to be sure.

I'm not sure that I'll be making a toy with them Debbie, but after disinfecting them I might just put a couple in with them and see what they do to/with them.

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Heating the pine cones opens the scales and releases the nuts. Do your budgies eat the pine nuts? I never thought about pine cones for my birds, I have access to plenty of them and may take advantage of that.
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I know what you can do with them! Cover them with a little peanut butter (all natural) and then sprinkle seeds or some millet on them. It'll make a nice fun foraging treat

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Well I really made a mess of disinfecting the pine cones I had collected.

I had the oven on last night to do some cooking and thought I'd pop the pine cones in after I had thoroughly cleaned and washed them.
Then I promptly forget they were in the oven until I noticed this horrible burning smell...too late, they were burnt, and they now reside in the rubbish bin.

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Great idea! I have to go outside to go collect some pincones and steal your idea now...I UH...I MEANT...OH! I have to go outside to collect some grass....yep....
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Well I really made a mess of disinfecting the pine cones I had collected.

I had the oven on last night to do some cooking and thought I'd pop the pine cones in after I had thoroughly cleaned and washed them.
Then I promptly forget they were in the oven until I noticed this horrible burning smell...too late, they were burnt, and they now reside in the rubbish bin.

Cheers,
Ouch! Got to be careful? How long do you recommend to cook them for as I see you have already tried so how much time were you aiming for?
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