Pine Needles instead of shavings?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 2overeasy000, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. 2overeasy000

    2overeasy000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a lot of Pine trees on the property and plenty of the dry orange needles everywhere. Is it ok to mix these in with the wood shavings in the coop to hopefully cut down on the amount of shavings we have to buy and take advantage of nature's own free pine needles?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Yes, Lots of people use what's available, rather than shavings.
    Needles
    Leaves
    Lawn clipping
    Etc.

    Imp- I use newsprint in the coop.
     
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2011
  3. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Three of my EE hens prefer pine needle nests on the ground under oringtons nest boxes. Very tidy beautful nests. We get two good drops from trees each year.
     
  4. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Thank you for posting this. That's a great idea! We are getting ready to move up to the mountains & we will have a lot of pine trees around us. Using pine straw would be, like, free!
     
  5. obaan1

    obaan1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use it, also. It smells so nice.
     

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