Newspapers in the coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chick2chicken, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. Chick2chicken

    Chick2chicken Chirping

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    Hello!
    So the other day while I was drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. I realized how much newspaper gets thrown away each day! so I was wondering if it would work to replace my straw with newspaper shreddings? I took a stroll down to the coffee shop who said they would give me old newspapers for free! I then sat down and thought about how perhaps the ink would be bad for the chickens but then again we touch the newspaper all the time?
    If you use newspaper for a bedding or if you think it'd be safe please tell me cause it could safe me some money!
    Thanks!
    chick2chicken
     
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  2. Tiana's chickens

    Tiana's chickens Songster

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    If they aren't eating the newspaper, I don't see why it would be bad. I think it's a fantastic idea to recycle:)
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

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    You could use it as part of the bedding, but it won't do well by itself. You will have a yucky mess! Consider adding a bit to the shavings and plant materials in the coop, and see how it works out.
    Mary
     
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    blackdog043 Crowing

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    I wouldn't see a safety issue, but wet poop and newspaper don't mix well, IMO.
     
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  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Are you thinking of shredding it?

    Actually newspaper is one of the easiest things to recycle, most recycling centers take them.

    I don't take the paper anymore but am still using some really old ones to line the bottom of the paper grocery bags I use in the kitchen garbage can.
     
  6. Chick2chicken

    Chick2chicken Chirping

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    I am now using a mixture of newspaper shredings and straw seems to be working!
    :)
     
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