Shredded paper for bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NJbirdlover, Apr 3, 2009.

  1. NJbirdlover

    NJbirdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2009
    Salem County, NJ
    I know that a lot of people use pine chips as bedding in their brooder but does anyone use shredded paper? Is this ok to use? I can get plenty of shredded paper at work and figured I would save a dollar where I can but not at the expense of my chicks (coming 1st week in May!)


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    Last edited: Apr 3, 2009
  2. simplyscrambled

    simplyscrambled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    I'd like to hear people's opinions too! I googled online, and it said shredded paper works, and that's what I have access too! I use shredded paper in my regular compost pile and in my worm tower. I'm always drowning in old bills, junk mail, etc!
  3. Marion

    Marion Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    I have used shredded paper from work and had no problems. It actually is easier to deal with and the babies don't seem to want to eat it! It also absorbs very well and composts well when you are done with it too! [​IMG]
  4. SweetMissDaisy

    SweetMissDaisy Chillin' With My Peeps

    I haven't used it in our brooder (I prefer paper towels), but I do use it in the kennels when we have to quarantine a bird for whatever reason. Works great for short periods of time, but after too many days the paper tends to mash together because of any dampness and doesn't dry well.
  5. lil_chick_chick

    lil_chick_chick Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 31, 2009
    I think shredded paper will be okay, i know some say not to use newspaper but thats what we been using and no problems, and fast clean-up, plus the store(orchilens) we bought are chicks at used newspaper on all the chicks when we went to go buy some.
  6. hyzenthlay

    hyzenthlay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    SW PA
    I'm glad to see this. We have lots of shredded paper too, and that's what I use in my rabbits' litterboxes. It would be great to be able to use that for the chicks, too!
  7. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I'm interested in whether this works for you- ours ate every sliver they could before we stopped them and tried something else. Particularly if it got wet-- then it was like candy!
  8. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    I use shredded paper. works fine and I've never had any problems.

  9. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    I lay newspaper down and cover with shredded paper with good results.,
  10. howtogrowanegg

    howtogrowanegg Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2009
    I almost did the shredded paper, but decided (for now) to use the pine shavings.

    One question for those that do use it ... do you replace all the shredded paper at once or pick out the soiled spots? I was thinking that pulling out individual soiled spots would be a bit of a pain since the papers are all inter-twined.


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