Shredded paper for bedding?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ChickenJill, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. ChickenJill

    ChickenJill Out Of The Brooder

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    can I use shredded paper for bedding
     
  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For what? Adults or chicks.

    For adults it should be fine, for chicks, I wouldn't use newspaper because it has a reputation of being slippery when wet.
     
  3. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a mix of shred newspaper and pine shavings in the nest box for them. They love it!
     
  4. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    I believe i've read where you can. Been thinking about doing this since I can get all I need from work!! I wonder how it would work mixing it with pine shavings?? Would they be able to keep it fluffed up as well or would it get too wet!!
     
  5. boxermom

    boxermom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use it. Last year, I mixed w/ pine shavings for the deep litter method. This year I'm just using paper. It works very well. The birds love it especially when they get new bags. I don't even spread it around. I dump the bags and throw corn around. Very fun on a rainy day when no one wants to go outside. I cleaned it up for the first time last spring. It was a big job and with a huge compost pile. I just walked out a few minutes ago and it is all composted and ready to go on the garden and not nearly as big. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd say DH spread it on the garden already! [​IMG] I use pine shavings for chicks though.
     
  6. ZuulLanceMaster

    ZuulLanceMaster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I shred newspaper and use it in my coop and boxes. i think its great, just so long as you change it regularly!
     
  7. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Thanks! Think I'll bring a bag home from work tomorrow!! [​IMG]
     
  8. hurricanerb

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    Yes, if the chickens are old enough. When they're little I wouldn't recommend it, but after 6 weeks, it's perfectlly fine. I've used all kinds of bedding: aspen chip, wood shavings, petco hamster bedding, paper bedding. They seem to like the aspen chip the best.
     

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