Pine needles?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by johnniecourtney, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. johnniecourtney

    johnniecourtney In the Brooder

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    You think it's okay to give some branch clippings for them to peck at? I just know that pine needles are potent with pine oil, and wasn't sure if that'd be bad for them?

    Thanks!

    Courtney [​IMG]
     
  2. Dana

    Dana In the Brooder

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    My chickens like to eat pine needles in the winter, so I'd also like to know if they're good or bad.
     
  3. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

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    It may make the eggs/meat taste like turpentine or pine resin.

    We live in a cedar swamp and our deer have a pretty funky turpentine taste to them from nibbling at white cedar and white pine. We HAVE to bait them in order to make them palatable.

    I use white pine needles for bedding in the coop--makes nice compost for my blueberries.

    As a side note, pine needles are very high in vitamin C
     

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