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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FloridaChickenChick, Jun 2, 2008.
Can I use shredded office paper for litter for my baby chicks? Mostly white, some color.
I know that used as horse bedding it rapidly turns into an especially nasty form of paper-mache
My day-olds came in a box packed with strip-shredded office paper (not thru the mail - I picked them up and drove them home) and they got all tangled in it. i do not know at what age they'd outgrow that problem, but suspect it may coincide with the age at which their poo output makes the nasty paper-mache problem an issue
Probably someone else has actually tried it though and can give you better advice
Ha ha. I never thought about the papier mache issue....blech. Rats...thought I had a great solution on my hands.
I've been using it for my chickens. There are 4 of them, two about a month old and two about 3 months old. It really hasn't been getting that wet, although it's getting changed daily. It's been a great way to use up lots of documents that need to be shredded anyway, and when it's changed out I throw the used stuff in the compost bin.
I used it for a while, but my chicks were about 2 weeks old at the time, and I found myself changing it daily...then I went to shavings and sweepings from the bales of alfalfa
I know a guy who used shredded office paper in his checken pen...Oh My! You couldn't get within 30 ft of the place, it smelled like somebody died in there, seriously I have never smelled anything that bad in my life! And it was wet and very unhealthy...
Look at this thread and others on nest material.