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Chickens eating shredded paper!

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So we made a bad move by filling nest boxes with shredded paper.  It was something we read in a book and figured it was a great way to recycle.  The paper that gets shredded at our house is usually just printer paper with sensitive info or canceled checks or stuff mailed to us with sensitive info.  All junk mail and other papers just get recycled, not shredded.

My birds are eating the shreds! We removed as much paper from the nest boxes as we could and replaced with pine shavings, but there was definately some paper remaining.  Could it be harmful for them to eat?  They seem to like hunting for shreds through the bedding, even though they have plenty of pasture to forage in. 

Please let me know what you think.  I ate paper as a kid, but I'm not sure if it did permenent damage or if I turned out OK...

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The only thing I would be concerned about is the amount of paper they might eat. If it is a  llot then they might get crop bound but other than that, I wouldnt be too worried if it was me. Just make sure they have grit just in case.

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Exhibition birds in Dutch Bantams, Bearded Silkies
http://www.silverpulletpoultry.net
Colorado Poultry Association
www.freewebs.com/coloradopoultryassociation
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Their feed has grit in it and they have over 1000sf of grass and dirt and sand.  They don't spend that much time in the coop so the quantity injested should be pretty low.

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Did it change the color of the eggs she laid?
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