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shredded paper or pine straw for bedding?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenchok, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. chickenchok

    chickenchok Songster

    Sep 6, 2008
    North Carolina
    I'm new, so please excuse me if this has been asked before, but is it ok to use shredded paper for new chicks' bedding? We have so much and I'd love to recycle it for this. Also, can I use pine straw from our forest?

    Thank you!
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    I myself haven't tried either of those, but we did purchase and use a large bale of straw that only cost $5.00. They love to throw it out of the brooder and make a mess [​IMG]
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Don't use paper - it's too slippery and can cause spraddle leg issues.

    I personally don't like straw as bedding, but some people love it. It can harbor mites and other little buggies in the hollow stems. Plus, when it gets wet or poopy it gets bogged down and is hard to keep clean and smell free.

    My favorite bedding is pine shavings. It's easy to clean, doesn't smell bad (especially if sprinkled with DE) and the chicks can 'bathe' in it.
  4. hippiehen

    hippiehen wastefully exuberant

    Aug 27, 2008
    Utopia, Texas
    Quote:Plus it's cheap and it smells mountain fresh.
  5. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    What about in the coop? We have straw in there now and they seem to love it. They crush it up pretty fine and bath in it, and the dirt too. I was wondering if it is ok for outside? The babies so far have smashed in pretty good too and they throw it all over.
  6. duxtrail

    duxtrail Hatching

    Mar 13, 2011
    what is DE?
  7. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Shredded paper mixed with pine shavings might work pretty well. By itself it tends to mat down fairly quick and would then become a manure covered mess.

    Pine straw is not very absorbent. I don't think it would make a good brooder bedding though I do like it a lot for nest box litter and for mulch.
  8. IWantchickens20

    IWantchickens20 In the Brooder

    Jun 14, 2012
    Lone Star State
    rofl I found that out rofl
  9. RonC

    RonC Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    Use food grade Diatomaceous Earth. It's available at TSC and most feed stores. You can sprinkle it in the bedding,and in the run for them to dustbathe. A natural product to kill bugs.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2012
  10. Sheira66

    Sheira66 Hatching

    Nov 5, 2013
    North Bay, ON
    Please note: ..if you are using the deep litter method you will not want to use DE as it will kill a lot of the bugs that help break down the bedding....perhaps only put it in the nesting areas for control of mites.

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