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Shredded newspaper for bedding

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Carcajou, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. Carcajou

    Carcajou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2012
    Delhi, New York
    Has anyone ever used shredded newspaper for bedding or mixed it in with shavings?
  2. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2014
    Northwest Ohio
    I never have, so I can't speak from experience. I am not sure if the paper or ink would be toxic to them. But I would imagine that it would turn into a sopping wet mess. I always used just shavings for brooding ducklings, and as long as you clean it every other day or so, they wok pretty well.
  3. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2014
    Round Rock, TX
    News paper get very slippery when wet and I think it would be a huge mess to mix it with shavings. I do shavings for bedding and then do pine pellets for around the water bowl. I put the water bowl in a rabbit litter pan with the pellets around it to contain the water mess.
  4. JJpuck

    JJpuck Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2014
    Shredded newspaper might not be a good idea to use as bedding because it will get sopping wet, and will probably cause a bigger mess than something like pine shavings. For my waterer, I just put less pine shavings around that area so there are less wet ones. Hope this helps.
  5. mikeru

    mikeru Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 11, 2013
    I find the best old sheets and towels that can be dried was cleaned and washed. More comfortable for them too!
  6. cayugaducklady

    cayugaducklady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 20, 2015
    New England USA
    I liked using old sheets for my ducklings, too. I hosed them off in the yard and let them sun dry before i put them in the washer.

    Ducklings are messy and I didn't want to clog my washer/dryer with wet grains/grit/baby down etc.

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