How long to dry/cure hickory nuts


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Jan 2, 2018
Isolated Holler in the Appalachian Wilderness
B&G Macaw, Galah, 5 cockatiels, 50 billion and a half budgies. We breed and do rescue. Too many to list each individual's name and age etc, but they are each individuals and loved dearly.
Hi it's been a long time since I was last on here. Much has changed and I will do a proper update soon.

I'm collecting nuts from my trees. Shagbark hickory in full season, one tree I know of with fruits near the clearing and I'm gathering lots. Black walnuts just starting to drop, I know where two trees with nuts this year are on the property, but haven't really been out properly looking lately. Been very busy. Gonna have loads of nuts put up. 🥳 My question is how long to dry/cure them before I can start letting Freedom take a crack at them? Same time as for people, or could I start giving her some right away? In the wild parrots eat them fresh from the tree and don't care about long term storage or supposed best flavor/texture so I would think it would be ok immediately, but wanted to check

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