Shreaded Paper???

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Songster
10 Years
11 Years
Jan 24, 2009
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Saint James/ Comfrey MN
I have access to ALOT of shredded documents and don't have the time to piece them all together to steal valuable information. (just kidding)

Has anyone used this as bedding? The price is right (free), but I am worried about the ink.
 

gritsar

Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!
12 Years
Nov 9, 2007
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SW Arkansas
From what I've noticed when the newspaper gets wet and poo covered what you end up with is some really funky paper mache'. It'll stick to anything, including the chickens.
 

Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
11 Years
Sep 7, 2008
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The Emerald City
My Coop
I use shredded paper and shredded newsprint. I used the glossy ads several layers deep then top with lots of shredded paper. Some people here have said that they think its smellier than shavings, but I don't think my coop is very smelly (usually
) It's very easy to clean-just roll everything up. The only "problems" are that they get flattened quickly and if any get out of the coop the wind blows it around. I did check at first that the inks on the newspaper was soy ink. Now I don't think I care. The chickens don't eat it.

Imp-needs to clean coop soon, or there'll be a hen riot.
 

kees

Songster
12 Years
Feb 5, 2008
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When I tried it, there were always big messes to clean up, no matter how frequently I changed the paper.

Suzy
 

WriterofWords

Has Fainting Chickens
12 Years
Dec 25, 2007
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Chaparral, New Mexico
I use it with the babies, they love it. Not the ones under the heat lamp though. I've also used in the coop with the older ones, the ladies love to play and sit in it.
 

warmfuzzies

Songster
10 Years
Feb 15, 2009
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Boondocks, Colorado
I use it under my chicks all the time. It does make a mess, I just keep adding layers upon layers, and when i am done with a batch it all goes on the garden! I use newspaper, but I dont know why that would make any difference.

And wow, it would be nice not to have to cut it all in strips!
 

Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
11 Years
Sep 7, 2008
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The Emerald City
My Coop
Quote:Some wonderful BYC member suggested to me several months ago (I can't recall her name right now) to use a rotary cutter to cut the newspaper-works great. Better than tearing. I usually do abot 10 Seattle Sunday papers to change the entire coop, and follow up with about 4 more the following week. The only problem was that the rotary cutter is playing havoc with the cutting board. (It's ok since I'm using the old cutting board from before the remodel) I think since I only have 4-5 chickens and they freerange all day I don't have any problem with it getting wet or yucky. My coop is a rubbermaid shed and stays spotlessly dry inside. I think the newsprint helps keep the interior dry by wicking the moisture out of the poo. I also have a little supplemental heat to help keep things dry in our wet winters.

Imp/Russ
 

Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
11 Years
Sep 7, 2008
14,453
158
318
The Emerald City
My Coop
Quote:Been there, Done that.
Just don't use your favorite cutting board, unless you want to buy a new one. I had the rotary cutter cutting strips out of the wood.

Imp
 

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