Pine Needles OK???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chicklette 1, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. Chicklette 1

    Chicklette 1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 20x20 run is partially under some very old pines and now that fall is here, the needles are dropping like crazy. They seem to make a nice soft ground cover but being fairly new to chickens, I just wanted to make sure. I have tons more I could put into the run if they are OK. Thanks for any advice you can give me. Oh and also, I think I read that the leaves from the deciduous trees are good too??
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    People use both, should not be a problem. I used to use pine needles as mulch around my bushes --- until I got chickens and they happily scratched it all away.
     
  3. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pine Needles are wonderful! They smell great,.. termites hate them and they don't have hollow centers like hay or straw so parasites can't live/ hide in them. Best of all,. if you have Pine trees,.. it's FREE! [​IMG]
     
  4. Chicklette 1

    Chicklette 1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both so much for your response and it was just what I wanted to hear.
     
  5. Carols Clucks

    Carols Clucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used to pick up the pine needles that fell in the street and were run over a few times, they get super soft and the hens really liked them
     
  6. Wabi Sabi

    Wabi Sabi Out Of The Brooder

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    My coop/run sits under about a dozen 80 year old pine trees. As you can imagine everything is covered in a thick layer of needles and it really seems to work well for us.
     
  7. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Put them in ur egg boxes too.
     
  8. Chicklette 1

    Chicklette 1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went right back outside and started filling the run with pine needles. I will do more today. It really seems to keep it neater looking but then it has only been one day.
     
  9. kasey08

    kasey08 Aunt Kasey's Farm

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    is cedar bad for adult chickens or just chicks?
     
  10. chick-george

    chick-george Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, great idea! I cant wait to use them!
     

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