Does anyone know if I can use old letters/bill shred for nesting boxes

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dawnyre, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. dawnyre

    dawnyre New Egg

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    I have a ton of shred and would like to use it in my nesting boxes but want to be sure it would not be harmful to my chickens.
     
  2. Luckytaz

    Luckytaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just add it to the wood chips. Hasn't been a problem.
     
  3. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    That's fine. I toss some of it into the chips I have on the floor as well. Anyone who wants to read through my shreadded pooped on mail is welcome to it.
     
  4. starrchick

    starrchick New Egg

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    I use a mix of shredded paper and pine shavings. The pine seems to absorb the odors better then just plain paper.[​IMG]
     
  5. bluie

    bluie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use them exclusively in the nest box inside my house.
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    We just started to do this too...
    Never knew how much junk mail i had around here... We already have 2 big garbage bags full of paper..
    We'll see how it works out..
     
  7. mountaintopchicken

    mountaintopchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only thing I would worry about is ink smears on the eggs.
     
  8. 33yardbirds

    33yardbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only reason I don't use it is because I shred all those pre-approved come-on plastic credit card offers, my chickens are part goat.
     
  9. StupidBird

    StupidBird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for a while I used shredded office paper in the nest boxes and it worked fine. And yes, they ate some too. This year's free bedding is hay sweepings from a horse barn. The hens prefer the fine stemmed hays, and kick out the coarser stuff if I use it. Picky, picky. If I get the white paper office shreddings, it'll go on as mulch in the veggie garden.
     
  10. MJCooper42

    MJCooper42 Out Of The Brooder

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    Bump!
    Good topic, I want to know more!
     

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