Shredded newspaper as bedding?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bearz, Sep 24, 2008.

  1. bearz

    bearz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sitting here in my office looking at a pile of newspaper and my document shredder and a lightbulb appears above my head. Instead of putting that pile in the garage for recycling, why not shred it and use it for bedding. Now I know I can't use anything coated in plastic but is there any reason why I can't use the rest?
     
  2. Julie08

    Julie08 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    for adult chickens I assume you mean? I imagine it would get awful wet and sorta gross pretty fast.
     
  3. bearz

    bearz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I use a mix of straw and store-bought bedding now and I was thinking that the newspaper would absorb the moisture better. Straw sure doesn't.
     
  4. justpete

    justpete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would stick to shavings and recycle the paper.
     
  5. FloridaChickenChick

    FloridaChickenChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bearz, I had the same thought...sitting here in my office, looking at a huge pile of documents to shred....but got the same advice...stick to bedding. So I have.

    Instead I'm using the shredded paper to stuff some giant trash bag style jack-o-lanterns for the Chamber pumpkin patch.
     
  6. Harley's girl

    Harley's girl Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was told it makes great bedding, but then I used it and people were freaking out saying that the ink is SO bad for them. So I would say go for it. It IS messy though. [​IMG]
     
  7. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    Harley's girl :

    I was told it makes great bedding, but then I used it and people were freaking out saying that the ink is SO bad for them. So I would say go for it. It IS messy though. [​IMG]

    I would think it would depend on whether it was the old style ink or the soybean based ones a lot of papers use now. I have no idea how to tell which is which without calling your paper and asking.​
     
  8. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    Just get shavings. Cheaper, 10 times more absorbent, easier to deal with... Shredded paper is slightly better than straw but then straw is about the least absorbent, slickest, and messiest bedding you can get. Straw will actually insulate not only heat but moisture keeping it from drying and your building wetter than if you used nothing.
     

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