Caed board bedding

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 5acresandadream, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. 5acresandadream

    5acresandadream Out Of The Brooder

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    I wanted to share my newest money saver. I am using cut up cardboard as coop bedding, doing it like a deep litter method. No dust, and it's all recycled. We have a couple stores around here that let you take the boxes with you when you get groceries, so we have been keeping a bunch and then cutting them into squares about 1 inch by 1 inch. It keeps the coop dry, the smell at bay, and it's free!
     
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  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    That's sounds a great way of reusing and very eco friendly. I did actually see some in my local feedstore ~

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    I'm afraid the price put me off but making the bedding yourself sounds much better :D
     
  3. 5acresandadream

    5acresandadream Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, the price at the stores is a little high and I was like.....hmmm...I could just make this... Saves a bit of cash, and is a green way to do the coop :D
     
  4. Oneofthempeople

    Oneofthempeople Out Of The Brooder

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    I like the Idea do you think paper from a shredder would work as well?
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    the shredded paper seems to be very dusty and if some is printed - the ink rubs off. I did not like it. But cutting cardboard into 1" squares sounds very labor intensive. And ouch, a lot of blistered scissor fingers.[​IMG].
     
  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    For me personally I would think shredded paper could become wrapped around legs as it's a tad longer and could become like string. Never tried it though so that may not be the case. Also (just a thought) I would have thought paper would mulch down so to speak as its thinner and would get damp quicker.

    But as they say you never know unless you try ;)
     
  7. Oneofthempeople

    Oneofthempeople Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the heads up on the dust did not think about that, You can run cardboard in the right shredder.
     
  8. 5acresandadream

    5acresandadream Out Of The Brooder

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    I cut the card board by breaking the boxes down flat, and stacking a couple together, then just doing strips with the circular saw. Then take the strips and cut them again to get squares. Super easy and doesn't take much time! My coop is 4x8. I wouldn't personally use shredded paper, I think it would get too icky too fast and breakdown too much. The card board holds together much better.
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Got pics?
    How long have you been using it?
     
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  10. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does it absorb their droppings? I feel like that would become really messy. How many chickens do you have?
     

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