Pencil Shavings for bedding?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lyndatu, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. lyndatu

    lyndatu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are pencil shavings good for coop bedding? We have a really good sharpener..........

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure about the graphite(sp) in the pencils, but man, you would need a whole lot of pencils !!!
     
  3. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

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    People ren't supposed to eat lead/graphite from pencils so I would venture to say "no"....just my opinion though [​IMG]
     
  4. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have u ever rubbed pencil shaving in ur hands. u and ur chickens will be all gray.
     
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Lead poisoning comes to mind. I wouldn't do it.
     
  6. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Most definately not good!
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Pencils haven't been lead in decades. It's all graphite now a days. I would thinking making pencil shavings from pencils would cost a fortune vs buying shavings.
     
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    While that is true in North America that may not be the case in all parts of the world.
     
  9. dragonchick

    dragonchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would be a whole lot of pencil shavings to use for bedding. I would think that unless one worked in a factory that pre sharpened pencils it would not be cost effective and would take years before you had enough shavings. Just how many pencils would you have to sharpen to have enough?
     

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