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DRYING PINE CONES
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Gather pine cones where you’re absolutely sure no pesticides have been sprayed or used!!    Make sure they’re in good condition:  not wet, old or mildewed.
Wash well with soap and hot water.  Rinse well.  Place in a warm oven (225 - 250) for approximately 2 hours to dry out.  Pine Cones will scorch and possibly start a fire if the oven is higher than 250.

Pine Cone Treat:  After drying pine cones,  you can add peanut butter and add your favorite seed or pellets.
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My husband is the wood-dyer in the family ☺☺ He  dyes  large  quantities  of wood since we make  toys commercially.
He uses  plastic shoe boxes for each color.  We have large trays he made out of cage wire, about 2 x 2 foot, with a little 2" lip all the way around so it’s  like a tray.   He purchased window screen at Wal Mart ( not the wire one, but they also make  kind of a "plastic" one), cut to fit the tray.  This way  when he puts  the wood on there it gets plenty of air flow all around yet is kind of "solid" so no pieces fall through the wire.  He will set up one tray on 4 small  blocks of 2"x 4"  to elevate from  the table, than stack more trays on top of each other all separated by the wooden blocks from  tray to tray  so he gets  air flow  on all his trays. Instead  of wooden blocks you  could use  empty cans or  small plastic throw away containers etc.  He has one tray for each color.
                                                                                   Thank You Elke & Deryl, Rockport Roost
DYING LARGE QUANTITIES OF WOOD
“CHEEP” TREAT BOWL
Cleaning stainless steel bowls is one of the principal bores of keeping a parrot. Cages only come with two, one for water and one for food, so you have to clean and dry them by hand to keep them in service.

I think I've found a cheap suppliment that's easy to make and easy to use. Take a stainless steel spoon, the smoother the better. Bend it at the neck to make it into the shape of a "7". You can then slip it over and between horizontal cage bars so that the bowl of the spoon sticks out perpendicularly from the face of the cage.
                               Thank You Roger Dodger