Shredded paper OK for bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chrissieg, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. chrissieg

    chrissieg Songster

    My chicks are just over a week old. I've got some shredded paper - it looks like magazines rather than newsprint, would it make good bedding?
    I'm asking as I can remember being told about something dying through ingesting ink - but was it a hamster?[​IMG]
  2. keljonma

    keljonma Songster

    Feb 12, 2007
    8A East Texas
    Shredded paper may cause a problem for those little chick legs. They need something that won't get slimy with chick poo or spilled water on it.

    Although I don't use it, shredded paper is said to work well when they are a bit older. Personally, I would stay away from colored dyes.
  3. chrissieg

    chrissieg Songster

    Thanks, at the moment they are on an old candlewick bedspread which I can take up and rinse out, I'll stick with that for the time being!
  4. hipmarye

    hipmarye Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    I have wood shavings I bought at Lowe's. Before that I had paper towels over the shavings. When they started pulling the paper towels up several days ago I stopped putting it down. Mine are 2 weeks old.
  5. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Songster

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    The problem is Shredded paper egt too wet too fast, then turns to glue! Also chicks will eat it, and it will cause a Blockage. So i personally would not use it for chicks.
  6. chrissieg

    chrissieg Songster

    I'll just put it on the compost heap [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2007
  7. cookie_chick

    cookie_chick In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2007
    I thought it was fine i used it for my chickie cookie and shes fine

    was it such a good move??
  8. chrissieg

    chrissieg Songster

    I put a couple of small pieces in just to check their reactions - there was an almighty tag game and they ate it! lololol!! SO I think I'll leave it for now! [​IMG]

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