Pine needles?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cluckfan, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. cluckfan

    cluckfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone tried Pine needles in their runs? We have several white pines that are shedding at this time of the year. I raked and ended up with enough to lay down in my coop run. They have a big grassy yard as well. Of course they are having a ball digging through all the needles. Has anyone had any problems with using this material?[​IMG]
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    It should be fine, and the scratching should help compost the needles faster.
     
  3. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted on another thread about the pine needles. I rake them out of my run mainly because I clean my run every day. When the chickens have that loose poop, it is impossible to clean. I have to pick up a good bit of straw to get one poop pile out. If you intend to clean it, keep it out.
     
  4. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use pine needles in my run. I basically use a DLM in the area my chickens hang out under my trees and bed it deeply with pine needles and alfalfa hay. As it breaks down and compacts I add more. Keeps it clean, soft and nice for hanging out. Underneath is a thick layer of large gravel.
     

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