Harmful or not?

ana2707

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This is the bottom of my Christmas tree and I was wondering if anyone knew if the needles would be harmful to my chickens respiratory system if I put them in my coop mixed with their bedding? I just like to repurpose things so they don't get tossed. Any help would be appreciated.
 

junebuggena

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Pines and Spruces are fine. My flock has a lean-to covered in pine branches as an additional shelter area in their run, and lots of people (including me) use pine shavings as bedding in chick brooders.
It's certain types of cedar that are harmful.
 

ana2707

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Pines and Spruces are fine. My flock has a lean-to covered in pine branches as an additional shelter area in their run, and lots of people (including me) use pine shavings as bedding in chick brooders.
It's certain types of cedar that are harmful.

I honestly don't know what type of tree it is, I'm assuming it's a pine but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
 

aart

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Most christmas trees are pine or spruce.
But I wouldn't put it in the coop because of moisture content...might put it out in the run.
Actually, I would toss it out in the woods to rot.....hate that sap getting all over.
 

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