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Originally Posted by City Lay-Dee View Post

Do I put the pine straw (pine needles as we call them in Aus) in the coop/run green, or do I have to dry them out first?
I would assume dry since you don't want to harbor mold in layers that aren't getting air... But I'm not sure!
The trees here in the south are nothing like what I grew up with in New England! The pine straw needles are 6-12" each and just builds up all year in a thick blanket in your yard. Good thing it can be used instead of mulch! A lot of professional landscapers use it and you see it everywhere around here. Not sure if it is the same down under!
I was actually going to start a thread asking for btdt opinions on pine straw, so I hope some more people chime in! I only want to be buying feed for my chickens and without deciduous trees (or any trees, actually) in my yard pine straw would be ideal (and free from my in laws).
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This is Classic "pine straw"
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If using pine straw.run the lawn mower over it and shred it up. It is much better in the boxes this way. When time to clean the boxes,mix in some ckn. Doo.and put in compost bin for a few months. If you shred it up it can be used as deep litter,and then cleaned out,less time to sit in compost pile if u do it this way. You need to clean it out sooner than shavings to avoid mold. Don't get it wet in the coop. I'm
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