So I just learned that pine needles could be used as a bedding inside of coops, and I am very interested in trying it out. I have basically a small forest of pine trees right in my back yard. I just have no idea the "right" way to do it. I have 2 ducks (Pekin) and 4 chicks (2 White California 2 Black Sex Link) who I will be using the pine for. Can I just trim a few branches off and wait for the needles to dry? What's the best/fastest way to dry them? Do they need to be rinsedOr do I just rake up the already dry one's on the ground? And if I do rake them up, do I have to make sure it is clear of other debris(like leaves and what not)? Should I add anything to it to help with absorbency? Anyone with experience with using their own pine needles please feel free to let me know any pros and cons. Thank you!