Paper shreddings as bedding?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by XilverAngel, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. XilverAngel

    XilverAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering, since we wanted to save some money by not buying pine shreddings, can we use paper shreddings instead? I noticed that they eat pine shreddings so i wasnt sure whether or not they would eat paper shreddings....if they do, that wouldnt be good would it?
     
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  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I save newspaper and tear it into 1" strips. and use that in the coop. I put down a layer of the glossy ads first so cleanup is easy- just roll it up and throw away. Works great for me. My coop is dry so it doesn't get soggy, and I only have 4 hens. I think it wicks out the moisture so it is not smelly. It does take a lot of tearing to get enough, and it does get flattened by the chickens. I just add more.

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  3. XilverAngel

    XilverAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thanks for the reply! oh and we use shredded paper, do u have a shredder? just use the paper from that, it saves time and u dont have to rip it. [​IMG]
     
  4. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Paper shreddings are better than straw but not as good as wood pellets. Still, I believe they are less expensive than the other options and they work fine.
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:thanks for the reply! oh and we use shredded paper, do u have a shredder? just use the paper from that, it saves time and u don't have to rip it. [​IMG]

    I do have a shredder, but it terrifies the cats. So I don't use it much. Someone here recommended using a rotary cutter. It works well also, but splinters the cutting board. Glad I was using scrap lumber that time.

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  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Instead of paper shredder, you still can use hubby's wood chip mulcher! Worked really well that one time and it makes a real fluffy bedding with bills and cancelled checks! And it works well for garden too!
     

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