Can I use newspaper?

birdlover

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Hello!! Just bought a very small coop that's only good for 3-4 chickens. Basically, they will only sleep in it and lay eggs. So the Floor is about 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 feet and pulls out to clean. Do you think it would be okay if I just used newspaper and replaced it every morning when I let them out?
 

chickenlover09

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It would be okay, you can I guess but I personally wouldn't. It seems much,easier, cleaner, and sanitary if you use straw/shavings and clean it out weekly.
 

donrae

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If you clean it daily, it should be okay. My thoughts are it's kinda slippery, and it doesn't absorb well at all, Under the limited use you're describing, it should do okay as long as all it's doing is lining the floor. It would have to be thick layer, though, so the poop wouldn't soak through, especially under the roosts.

Have you thought about where your birds will spend time in inclement weather?
 

birdlover

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Oh yes! There is a run that has a roof over it attached to the coop and they can also go under our deck where there's gobs of room for them to hang out.
 

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