Shredded office paper?

CrazyFowlFreak

Pine Hill Farm
11 Years
Apr 24, 2009
1,304
28
214
WV
Can I use this as bedding? Thanks~! Oh! Also, could I use my poodles' shaved hair?
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HEChicken

Crowing
11 Years
Aug 12, 2009
7,552
208
356
BuCo, KS
My Coop
My Coop
I tried using shredded paper from my own cross-cut shredder. It would work in a pinch but I didn't find it as good as pine-shavings - it doesn't absorb liquids/odors nearly as well.
 

prncssprplfrog

Songster
10 Years
Jun 12, 2009
269
7
121
Schuyler Lake
I'm fairly new, but have used shredded paper for nesting box filler. The girls seem to like it, but it gets matted down. The problem with using it for bedding in general is that it gets wet & soggy- then it starts to smell & break down.
 

Hangin Wit My Peeps

AutumnBreezeChickens.com
11 Years
Apr 20, 2008
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32
263
Birnamwood, Wisconsin
I would not use it if there is ink on it. The chicks eat a lot of their bedding and ink is not good for them. I use my shredded paper for shipping eggs though.

LOL I would not use the poodles shaved hair either...just becuase I can see an crop impaction going on or too many cozy chicks who don't want to do anything but cuddle in a soft bed LOL
 
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A.T. Hagan

Don't Panic
12 Years
Aug 13, 2007
5,379
209
303
North/Central Florida
As brooder bedding I think I'd rather use something else. Didn't care for it much as nest box litter either.

As coop and run bedding I thought it worked pretty well. Works better still if you can mix in just a little of some other type of bedding such as straw or leaves. Through some scratch down on it occasionally to encourage them to keep it fluffed up and you're good to go.

.....Alan.
 

CrazyFowlFreak

Pine Hill Farm
11 Years
Apr 24, 2009
1,304
28
214
WV
I was kidding about the poodle hair!
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We're in the process of grooming them for spring, which means they will go from hairy monsters to shaved down to 1/2in. Each had a good mat in their topknots, so off those came, too!
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We're going to stuff a dog bed with all the hair!
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cluckinbob

In the Brooder
11 Years
May 20, 2008
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I use leaves, pine needles and grass clippings (deep litter method) in my coops and always mix shredded paper with it. The birds break it down really well and then I put it in the compost bin. I haven't bought fertilizer for my garden in years and have seen no downside by doing this.
 

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