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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2012, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Can I put branches from pine trees in the cage for them to chew on?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-15-2012, 06:23 PM
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Yup, just make sure they weren't sprayed with any chemicals. I would also wash them with hot water and leave them to dry .




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Ive been looking online and a lot of people say that pine should be kiln dried first to dry out the sap and kill of bugs/larvae etc.
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You could also just bake them briefly . I was thinking in terms of it being winter but I don't know cold it is in Scotland right now. The branches here are dried out and definitely don't have bugs!




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It's been -5 here for the past couple of days. What temp should the oven be and how long should I bake them for?
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I haven't baked pine branches but when I baked pinecones I did it for 20 minutes at 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep an eye on them just in case.

Dried branches in cold weather probably won't have any bugs, though, and any laying on the ground shouldn't be sappy.




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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-16-2012, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thank you very much for your help
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