Pine needle branches

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by desielducks, Dec 7, 2018 at 5:47 PM.

  1. desielducks

    desielducks Songster

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    the place where I work we are selling Christmas trees. As you can imagine we have several left over branches. I was wondering if they’d be okay to put in our coop to kind of help hold in heat. Our coop is made from pallets and some spaces still have some gaps that let some heat out and cold air in. Thanks!
     
  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    Have no Idea how the branches are going to hold heat. Do you heat your coop???
    If your coop is drafty, then maybe the branches would deflect the draft/breeze/wind. There are numerous ways to stop drafts. It is important to stop drafts, but not interfere with proper ventilation.
    No location in your profile, so I'm not sure what your weather in your area is like.
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  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    What rich said^^^

    I would avoid pine branches due to the sticky sap.
     
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  4. chickens really

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    Pick up some vapour barrier plastic and stuff the holes with straw or cover with cardboard?...:idunno
     
  5. jreardon1918

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    I would love to have a source like that to throw in the run. It would add variety for what now is mostly ranked leaves. But I agree not for the inside of the coop.
     
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  6. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    After my dog ripped off a patch of his scalp due to pine sap, I have to agree with this as well.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    How did it do that?
    Have had to cut chunks of it off my dogs feet.
     
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  8. ShannonR

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    I think the green needles, but not the branches themselves, would be excellent coop litter. I have done it with pine beetles in pens before and really liked the results. It composted so nicely, and keeps the smell way down.
     
  9. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    He's had pine sap on him before (he loves rummaging through the brush) so I thought nothing of it. This time, he apparently tried to scratch it off his head and/or our other dog tried to lick/gnaw it off, and tore off a whole patch of hair and it started seeping. Because he kept scratching at it as it scabbed, I had to make a little headwrap to protect the area. He's healed up now but next time I'll clip it off as soon as I notice it.
     
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  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    OyVey!! Yeah, I cut it off as soon as I find it, then usually have to clean my hand off with turpentine:rolleyes:
     
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