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Old 03-15-2020, 01:48 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Sanitising wood/branches

Hello all! I wanted to make a slightly more natural theme for my hamster, but I cannot find any branches in local pet stores. Could anyone give me advise on how to sterilise wood found outside? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-15-2020, 02:04 PM   #2
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Default Re: Sanitising wood/branches

I think it’s quite difficult and also not all wood is safe. You can but vine branches from Rodipet that have been sandblasted and sterilised. I found though that they often have some sharp sections/ indentations and the size wasn’t quite right so I stopped bothering. One thing that is really nice - and useful - fii I r a natural setting are the large cork logs- the texture is interesting for them to climb over, they make a nice big tunnel and can work well as a ramp next to a platform as well. Rodipet sell those too and theirs are a good short length for a hamster cage. Otherwise reptile stores sell burn logs but they can be huge and need a good wash as well.
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Old 03-15-2020, 10:51 PM   #3
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You would have to check that the wood you use is safe for hams & then you can bake it in the oven, not sure about temp or time though.
I like cork tubes or tunnels for hams too, I usually put mine in the freezer for a week before using.
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Old 03-16-2020, 02:49 AM   #4
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You would have to check that the wood you use is safe for hams & then you can bake it in the oven, not sure about temp or time though.
I like cork tubes or tunnels for hams too, I usually put mine in the freezer for a week before using.
Thank you! I’ll look into it.
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Old 03-16-2020, 11:22 AM   #5
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Bake for an hour at 100C but only use certain woods like hazel, apple, pear, willow that haven't been sprayed with pesticides or other chemicals.
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