Pinecones

Rabbits Online Forum

Help Support Rabbits Online Forum:

PaGal

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 17, 2012
Messages
2,404
Reaction score
299
Location
Prince George, Virginia, USA
I remember seeing some of you talk about giving pinecones to your bun to chew on. The girls and I took a walk on a neighboring property. It is many acres of unused land, well other than the hunt club leases it so it's only used during deer season. We picked up a bunch of large pine cones from the ground. Can we give these to Thumper or should they be ones picked off the tree?
Also, I remember it being said to dry them out. How is that accomplished? Do you just let them lay for a while? If so how long? Or do you maybe put them in the oven on a low setting?

Are any pine cones safe or just ones from a particular tree?
 

woahlookitsme

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 27, 2009
Messages
4,194
Reaction score
593
Location
, Texas, USA
When I give pine cones to the tans I literally grabbed them off our neighbors lawn (from his pine tree) and put them in the cages right before we packed up to leave for a show. My tans chewed em up into little balls within the first day. They love them

I never dried them? All tans were fine
 
Last edited:

woahlookitsme

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 27, 2009
Messages
4,194
Reaction score
593
Location
, Texas, USA
I didn't. Just picked them off the ground an stuck em in

My mom said they are already dried when they fall off the tree aka their dead
 
Last edited:

PaGal

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 17, 2012
Messages
2,404
Reaction score
299
Location
Prince George, Virginia, USA
Thank you all! Thumper gives his approval. I gave him one just a little while ago. He didn't chew it all up immediately but he did like it. We have about 20 more. You must be careful when telling little girls to collect something from the wild, hey will get as many as they can carry. :)
 

woahlookitsme

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 27, 2009
Messages
4,194
Reaction score
593
Location
, Texas, USA
haha so cute! I have proof of that. I took a picture of my friends twins collecting pinecones and they certainly had a collection going LOL
l.jpg

Album
 

Thumperina

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 14, 2012
Messages
1,140
Reaction score
48
Location
, Kansas, USA
Yup. washing would make them no good for chewing. I just give pine cones that look good to my bunnies. Don't know how right that is.
 

JBun

Jenny - Health & Wellness Mod
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Joined
Sep 10, 2012
Messages
11,929
Reaction score
7,817
Location
Utah, , USA
They eat them, chew them, toss them around. One of my rabbits likes trying to flip them over her head.

You just want to make sure they are nice and dry, and opened up, and not sappy or green at all anymore. Also make sure that if they have been sitting out in a moist area, that they aren't moldy at all.
 

Imbrium

Jennifer
Joined
Aug 13, 2012
Messages
6,161
Reaction score
1,126
Location
Houston, Texas
I don't have any pine trees around here :(

when I went to get Lemmy, the male glider for my breeding pair, it involved a trip to Houston. the house next door to the breeder had a pine tree, but all I could find in the grass on the tree/street side of their fence was ONE measly little pinecone... very clean and dry and opened up. I brought it home for the girls and they seemed to enjoy it.
 

Watermelons

Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Joined
Dec 6, 2006
Messages
4,253
Reaction score
1,195
Location
The Un-Snowy Wet West, British Columbia, Canada
A quick dunk in water so they dont burn in the oven doesnt wreck them :p been there done that.
Im just irky about creepy crawlies lol

I would be more then happy to ship out pinecones to people. Heck even arbutus twigs to chew but i bet someone in the states would be eaaier to send you some jennifer
 

Imbrium

Jennifer
Joined
Aug 13, 2012
Messages
6,161
Reaction score
1,126
Location
Houston, Texas
yeah, importing pine cones from canada seems a bit silly :p my bunnies still like their wicker ball and **** chew log better than the pine cone anyway.
 
Joined
Jul 1, 2007
Messages
17,365
Reaction score
2,035
Location
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
I've never given pine cones to my bunnies, but the Bull Mastiff eats any that fall into our yard. Every thread we've read say they're alright to give to your buns. Figure if they are open and dry enough to fall out of tree, they should be okay.
 
Top