Nest box bedding

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jack Sparrow, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Jack Sparrow

    Jack Sparrow In the Brooder

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    I have been using shredded paper for my nest box bedding and the girls don't mind at all. I take all my bills and inserts and put them in a paper shredder that cuts both ways so the pieces are about 2 inches x 1/4" and when I have a bag full, I change the bedding in the nest boxes.

    Just thought I'd pass along something to do with all the paper we all get in the mail.

    I don't compost but I imagine the small pieces of paper would work in the compost bin.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    Great 'green' idea.

    I should do that, at present, I used pine shavings.
     
  3. Rockerchic

    Rockerchic Chirping

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    I buy bales of straw at the feed store, to use in the nest box and as bedding in the run. Costs about $7 for a 60 pound bale.The only down side is that it is messy and hard to store for my small run (5' x 10'). A bale will last about 3 to 4 months, unless we get a lot of rain.
     
  4. Jack Sparrow

    Jack Sparrow In the Brooder

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    I use pine shavings in the coop but the shredded paper idea came as an alternative to just throwing it away and it's basically free.
     

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