I have been using shavings and after all the bad things I've read about them, and after losing one chick last night and having two others gasping (but okay now) like they were choking on something, I decided to use something else as bedding. I have shredded a bunch of newspapers and have cut circles of newspaper to fit flat in my brooder. I'll put a thick pad of the circles in the brooder, then put the finely shredded stuff on top. Will that work? I know they aren't supposed to be right on newspaper but is the shredded stuff okay if I pack it down a bit? Also, they had crumbled corn cobs at the feedstore and altho I didn't get any today, I could get that if it would work. I think it looks almost too much like their chick feed tho! Any opinions on what you use...how long you use it for chicks...and anything else about bedding for chicks you know or want to share. TIA!