Deep litter method with pine needles?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Colorado Gal, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. Colorado Gal

    Colorado Gal Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2013
    Peyton, Colorado
    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!
  2. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2010
    Westfield, Indiana
    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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