Pine needles?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jjgrask, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. jjgrask

    jjgrask Just Hatched

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    I have 42 mature long needle pine trees on my property and use the dropped needles for mulch, fire starting, pathways, and whatever else I can think of. I have more than enough.
    Can I use them in the coop? They will be around the coop and on it as they drop everywhere.
     
  2. CliffB

    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My entire run is pine needles and they get replaced as needed every few weeks.
     
  3. jjgrask

    jjgrask Just Hatched

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    Oh thank you! That will be wonderful. Saving money and somewhere else to put those needles to good use.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Replaced? What do you do with them after taking them out of run?
     
  5. CliffB

    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are treated like DLM. Just keep dumping more on top and as they decompose you add again.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Oh so they are added to, not replaced.....I inferred 'replace' to mean removing old and putting in new.
     
  7. CliffB

    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Between the chickens and the rainy weather we've had this year after a month or two there are spots where it's just pure mud so it doesn't even feel like you're a adding to. It's like you're starting fresh every time.
     
  8. peaceneedslove

    peaceneedslove Out Of The Brooder

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    what is DLM??? I think my chickens ate the needles I put in the house. They were green and fresh and now gone.... Also by big white hen has lost all her underbelly and but feathers.. Why and what can I do???
     
  9. CliffB

    CliffB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always use the dry red/brown needles and have no issues. They dig and play in them with no issues at all. DLM is Deep Little Method.
     
  10. DianaMallory

    DianaMallory Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just learned about using pine needles in your run the other day I was going to try it myself, but I will have to wait because my girls were in muck up to their knees and I used the pine shavings out of their coop I was cleaning. I don't know if I should have or not but looks healthier to me for my girls.
     

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