Make a special holiday or just everyday pinecone treat for your favorite Cockatiel.
Make a treat for the favorite cockatiel in your life. It is a simple treat. It is a great project for the kids in your family but it is messy. Cockatiels love peas. You can use frozen or dry peas in this recipe. Dried cranberries and green peas add festive color to this holiday cockatiel treat. Black oil sunflower seed or regular bird seed can be used for the final coating on the pine cone treat. When you done with your Cockatiel holiday treat simply attach a string and hang it in the cage. Remove the uneaten partsafter 24 hours because of spoilage
Roll final layer off bird seed or black oil sunflower seed on pinecone
Cook TimePrep time: 30 min Cook time: 30 min Ready in: 1 hour Yields: varies one treat per two birdsIngredients 8 medium sized Cockatiel Pinecone Treats
- 1 jar peanut butter, crunchy
- 1lb dried cranberries, sliced (use leftovers in muffins)
- 1 bag wild bird seed, Wild Delight Gourmet Outdoor Bird Food 8 lb.(optional)
- or 1 bag black oil sunflower, crushed work well
- 8 pinecones, mediumInstructions for Cockatiel Pinecone Treats
STEP 1: You can find pinecones easily in yards and in the woods. To make sure your pine cones are bacteria free place them in a pan of boiled water for 15 minutes. You will not be boiling the pinecones, but only letting them steep in the hot water. Then take your pine cones and drain them. Then place the wet pinecones on a cookie sheet in a preheat 250 degree oven for one-half hour.
STEP 1: Let the pinecones cool completely. Check the pinecone temperature before you let any children handle them. Taking a butter knife spread chunky peanut butter into the grooves of the pinecone. Younger children can roll the pinecones in the peanut butter. It is convent to use a plastic plate you can discard in the trash when finished.
STEP 2: On a hard plate then roll the pinecone in a mixture of frozen peas and dried cranberries. You can also use dried peas, but cockatiels have a preference for the thawed frozen peas. The peas will thaw quickly under the final coating of seeds. Putting the peas and cranberry on first helps them are more secure under the final layer of seeds. They will still show through the last seed lay.
STEP 3: Finally on a hard place roll the pine cone in regular bird seed or black oil sunflower seeds. Black oil sunflower seeds are a special treat that all cockatiels .Don’t worry if you lose a few peas and cranberries in the process, they will stick to the next pinecone you roll in the seed.
STEP 4: If you make all 8 treats and only use one pinecone treat, simply hang the other 7 on the trees outside for the birds to enjoy. If you have a local shelter that takes in pet birds take the left overs there. You can vary this recipe to your needs. Left over seed can be used in bird feeders and the dried cranberries in muffin and bread recipes, or as a occasional stand alone treat for your birds.