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Can I use paper from Office Shredder for bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JuicyFatHead, May 6, 2011.

  1. JuicyFatHead

    JuicyFatHead Chirping

    Apr 3, 2011
    My hubby has been using shredded newspaper. He wants to know if he can use shredded paper from his office. I said I thought it could possibly give the chicks papercuts.... any opinions? Any else that has used printer paper?

    Also, they are 1 week old.. how much longer should we use shredded bedding? I read flat newspaper was okay after a while? We used flat paper for all of our chicks before... until I read it was not best. Got lucky I guess...
    Last edited: May 6, 2011

  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    It will be fine. However, don't use it for the first few days until the chicks learn what is food.

    For the first few days, use something that is too big for the chicks to swallow.
  3. FrancesR

    FrancesR In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2010
    I've used office shreds for my nesting boxes and it works just fine. Sometimes bits of paper will adhere to the egg shell, but that's not a real problem. After a while, I dump the shreds into the compost with everything else.

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