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Deep litter method with pine needles?

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Can I use the deep litter method with pine needles? Will be for turkeys (Beltsville small white). I am researching before starting our coop and run. I live in a dry wooded area.

I've done a fair amount of reading on the forums, where I found plenty of folks endorsing pine neeedles / pine straw as bedding, so long as it stays dry. Just wasn't sure if I could do deep litter, if it is different with turkeys vs. chickens, and whether I would need to add something else (like pine shavings) with it. Thanks!
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You can give it a shot.   You want something fairly absorbant that will not compact much but will dry out fast.  Pine bark fits the needs really well.  

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