is shreded paper bad for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by [email protected], Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Tylerkaz@gmail.com

    [email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about using shredded paper or shredded newspaper for a bedding for my chicks when they hatch but, I'm sure they will try and eat it. is it bad if they eat it? I know theres ink and stuff in news paper.
     
  2. Syharrison

    Syharrison Out Of The Brooder

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    not straight away after a week or so when they know what food is i use shredded paper after about 2 weeks
     
  3. Tylerkaz@gmail.com

    [email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if they eat a little after the 2nd week is it all right? im sure my older birds would try to eat it.
     
  4. KIDDSBANTAMS

    KIDDSBANTAMS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use shredded paper and they love it, they do not eat it. It is cost free also.
     
  5. Tylerkaz@gmail.com

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  6. AreYouLoved

    AreYouLoved Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No it is not a lot for eco-bedding. It expands like foam so you will get a lot for your money. [​IMG]
     
  7. Tylerkaz@gmail.com

    [email protected] Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ill check it out and see if they have it a the local pets mart. is it ok for them to eat it?
     
  8. Syharrison

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    yeah none of my chicks/birds have eaten the shredded paper
     
  9. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Modern newspaper ink is soy-based and doesn't contain lead. The risk of them eating it is more of a risk of impaction from eating too much. Of course, that can happen with shavings just as easily but fortunately, I don't think many chicks are that stupid.

    OH, and my chickens don't eat the paper. They will eat a piece of silicone caulking (and who can blame them -- it wiggles when you run with it?!) but they know that their shredded paper is not food.
     
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