Pinecones, Bird Seeds, (Pellets, crushed cheerios, dried fruits all optional)
About 10 inches of thin cotton Twine or Natural Sisal.
Directions for Cleaning Pinecones
Do not take pinecones off of the ground. Lawns are treated with chemicals and pinecones
may be decayed. Choose cones from the tree that has never been treated with pesticides
or other chemicals and pick cones that are intact with no signs of rotting.
Put the pinecones in a baking dish and pour boiling water over them. Let them steep for about 15 minutes. This will
help to destroy any bacteria or insects that are present. The cones
may open up like flower buds in the water but they will close again
during the drying process. Drain off water and bake in a 250 oven for 30 minutes.
Directions for Making Pinecone Treats
You can get a pinecone outside but be sure to clean them so your bird will not get
sick. Tie the twine
of thin rope around the very tip top of the pinecone. Leave a little bit to tie on the top of the birds
cage or on trees for wild birds.
Roll the pinecone in Peanut Butter making sure to cover most of it. When you are done with
that, roll the Peanut butter covered pinecone in bird seeds or pellets. Tie The twine of rope on to the top
of the birds cage or an outdoor tree branch. Leave enough room to cut the rope when the bird is finished with the