Does anyone use shredded newspapers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Henny Penny #1, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. Henny Penny #1

    Henny Penny #1 Out Of The Brooder

    I had a thought and was wondering if there would be any drawbacks to using newspapers that have gone through a paper shredder as bedding. It would be absorbent and could compost when I am done with it. I know I threw it in with my worms when I was composting with red wigglers.

    Has anyone else used papers?

    I know the ink is probably not the best, but otherwise I have not thought of any other negatives.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I tried it once. It seemed stinkier and much harder to clean up.
  3. GreenEggsHam

    GreenEggsHam Out Of The Brooder

    We used it when our chickens were just little chicks, stopped because it was just too messy and the birds feet were all turning colors from the ink...Plus when its wet it becomes a nasty paste, yuck.
  4. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    I use them in the brooder. Easy clean up because they get matted together like a big shag carpet. Just roll it up and trow it away. Not sure that's what I want in the coop. I started using oak wood chips instead of pine shavings there.
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Quote:Same here and once it gets wet, its awful!

    I used shredded paper for nesting boxes but thats it.

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