Broader Bedding

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PonyRaindrop, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. PonyRaindrop

    PonyRaindrop Out Of The Brooder

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    So we will be getting chicks in a few weeks, and I have a question about the bedding. We have LOTS of eastern white pines, and they "shed" needles ALOT. The needles are dead, and there is probably 6 inches under each of the trees. So I was wondering if I could use pine needles as bedding. The pine needles are as bendable as a rubber band, and aren't sharp at the edges. They don't have much of a smell, and it would save me money to use them.[​IMG]
    Thanks! -PonyR
     
  2. newwestchick

    newwestchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think that would be great - pine shavings are acceptable so why not needles? I've used straw, shavings, leaves, dirt, and doggy pee pads in brooders :)
     
  3. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only issue I can think of is pine sap getting on feathers from the portion of the needle that attached to the tree.
     
  4. PonyRaindrop

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    Yeah good point. I will have to go look at the ones that recently fell before I use them. Thank you!
     
  5. PonyRaindrop

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    That's what I though because pine shavings are coming from the same tree.[​IMG][​IMG]
     

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