Pine needles

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cravenchx, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you guys think pine needles would
    be a good nesting material? I have some
    left over from spring, and just thought they
    might be ok to use, since I have them. Any thoughts
    would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    I don't see why not.
     
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just to see what they would do, I have a pine tree right beside the run. I have four nesting boxes that have wheat straw in all four. I put pine straw in two of them and patted it down to make a cavity in it. The eggs I've gotten for these hens so far have been in the nest with the pine straw. I'll let it go another week to see what they do and possibly put it in the other two. It worked for me.
     
  4. Coop10X

    Coop10X Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the tip! My two Goldwater pines that proudly stand over protecting, hiding and shading the coop...Seemingly put out a bushel-full a week! [​IMG]

    Regards, Coop.
     
  5. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have nothing but pine straw and pine shavings in my boxes. My girls love them and have arranged the pine straw how they wanted it. I use the pine straw from under my pine tree.
     
  6. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great, I also have access to pine needles
    and wanted to use them. Thanks for all the
    kind responses!
     
  7. pmelton

    pmelton New Egg

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    I put pine needles in the run and nesting box, and my girls loved it, they were busy moving it around and scratching in it. It was fun watching them. So I'm glad other people are using it, because I have plenty.
     
  8. chickathon

    chickathon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Let me say I just slapped my forehead after reading this. I just though DUH! I have a slew of pine trees and I constantly raking up the straw. Thank you for pointing out something I should have thought of but didn't. Thanks!
     
  9. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    Sure! Just make sure they're relatively dry to avoid moldering when the hens stomp them down while doing their business.
     

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