my work has one of those special shredders that shreds paper into tiny pieces. i use it as packing filler when i ship eggs. i love recycling. so i was thinking. do you think it would be harmful to use that shredded paper in place of pine shavings? it's not shredded newspaper but documents that have been shredded. i thought i'd start out using it in my nest boxes. this would be a great way of saving trees and if the shredded paper gets nasty, to the compost bin it will go. i was also thinking about using it in the plastic brooder for the baby chicks. sometimes they eat the shavings but after a while they understand food is better than shavings. and i don't put them in shavings until they're over a week old. what do you think?? could i replace the shavings with shredded paper? my only concern is that it's not the stringy shredded paper but shredded almost as small as hanging chads. i mean, it's incredible the amount of paper that gets shredded in this office and i would be so happy to be able to recycle and not have to pay for shavings. any thoughts??