Hi, I have been reading about using pine needles in the chicken run on some of the older posts. I love that idea as we have several pine trees on our property and more next door. We did put some of the dried brown needles in one area of the run. It looked like some of the hens were trying to eat them, but I couldn't tell for sure, maybe they were just picking at them. I got nervous and didn't put any more in. Maybe they were just checking out to see if it was something good to eat, but being a newbie I seem to be over cautious about everything. Some chicken owners say it is harmful for the chickens if they eat the pine needles, ( I am not sure mine actually did) others say they use the dried pine needles in their run all the time. I would like to use this method, but I am concerned if they start to eat them. Any advice from those that use the dried pine needles? Thanks so much.