Shredded Paper for bedding, floor covering??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by R&A-Goros Harem, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. R&A-Goros Harem

    R&A-Goros Harem In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2010
    Tunkhannock, Pa.
    We just bought a home and are moving in. The chickens had a hard time with this move as they were all (24) stuck in our brooder tractor for the last week and a half. On our new property there is a beat up 60 x 12 trailer home that we are using partially for storage. We converted the back room into the chickens new coop. Its 15 x 12 and more than large enough for the 24 birds. We screwed 4'x10'x1/2" sheets of plastic to the floor so the floor would not rot. When we went to cover the floor with our bedding chips, we realized we needed a lot more chips than we had on hand. There is a lot of bare floor. We put the chickens in anyways as they were cramped and fighting a bit all cramed in the brooder tractor. So my question is, we have a ton of old newspaper and a good 20 gallon paper shredder waste can - is there any reason we could not shred the paper and add it to the chips to cover the floor and help us with the costs at this time? I realize the paper will rot faster in the compost and it will absorb the moisture well, but will it cause any unforseen problems??
  2. K8tieCat

    K8tieCat Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    Northern California
    I don't see a problem with it, unless the ink is an issue, perhaps someone else will know for sure. I use shredded paper as nesting material with no ill effects. The birds love moving it around in their nests. Since your situation is temporary until you can get more bedding, go for it. They will appreciate something in their new place.
  3. JanetR

    JanetR In the Brooder

    May 12, 2011
    Long Island NY
    I've been using shredded paper and newspaper since the chicks were 4 days old. It works really well and is free! [​IMG] The only problem I've heard of is if your chickens eat the paper, but I don't think an occasional piece would be a problem.
  4. briteday

    briteday Songster

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    Most newspapers use soy-based inks, so it will not be toxic. I have used office shredder paper in brooders and it has been fine. It seems that the paper needs to be changed more often than shavings, but heck, it's free.
  5. wava1vaughn

    wava1vaughn Songster

    Jun 24, 2011
    Cairo Ga.
    Hi from Ga. There might be an absorption problem with the paper. With sand or dirt the poop mixes in.( its a natural fertilizer ) [​IMG]
  6. mommissan

    mommissan Songster

    Jul 4, 2011
    I used it for a while. No problems, but I got tired of watching them drag long pieces all over, around their ankles. Makes the compost pile much better though. It stretches the wood chips much farther. [​IMG]
  7. lynn1961

    lynn1961 Songster

    Feb 14, 2011
    south central Oklahoma
    Shredded paper works great as litter and bedding, it asorbs well, when it is dirty just scoop it out and put it in a compost pile, it breaks down real well and is a good material for the garden after it has broken down. We have been using it for years and no problem so far.
  8. R&A-Goros Harem

    R&A-Goros Harem In the Brooder

    Apr 22, 2010
    Tunkhannock, Pa.
    Well that settles that, Thank you all so much for your opinions! I have shredded many newspapers and dumped them in the coop and the chickens seem to not even notice! Mixed in well with the wood chips. I actually can't wait to start my new compost pile here. I love to go fishing and there is no better place to dig up a billion worms than in a good compost pile!
    Thanks again!
    Rick and Amy
  9. the3ofus+oursixchicks

    the3ofus+oursixchicks Songster

    Apr 22, 2011
    well, my chickens when i used it ate the paper.

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