shredded paper

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CountryKen, Nov 10, 2009.

  1. CountryKen

    CountryKen New Egg

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    I am looking for pine shavings in the desert, kinda like looking for snow in the South Seas. So I'm wondering if shreaded paper would work in my broader instead of pine.
    This is paper from my office building, I have mountains of this stuff and I already use it in my compost pile so what do you think? can I use this stuff.

    thanks
     
  2. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
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    I tried it and didn't like it. When the little fluff balls pooped on it, it would stick to their feet. It would cake up. I used it in the coop too and didn't like it there either. They would track it out into my yard (like toilet paper on your shoe;)) and I would have white things blowing everywhere. JMO

    My shredded paper goes in my compost pile

    BTW [​IMG] from Kansas [​IMG]
     
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  3. Jess N Jeff

    Jess N Jeff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used it when I first got my coop done. It was cheap...free and I had TONS of it. After a few days I had white paper all over the yard because it sticks to the chickens and especially the ducks. It looked like I had a ticker-tape parade in the backyard. [​IMG]
     
  4. Luke0987654321

    Luke0987654321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i agree,
    doesnt work well
     
  5. CountryKen

    CountryKen New Egg

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    I kinda thought that would be the case, I did find a guy with alder shavings would that work?
     
  6. ScoobyRoo

    ScoobyRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2008
    Land of OZ
    Not sure, I think cedar is what you DO NOT want to use. Maybe if you use the search button on that it might give you more choices or what you should not use as far as wood product. If it is the brooder, I use newspaper as a base then cheap papertowels. As they get older I do put in a little paper shreds for them to 'scratch' in. Not much though.
     
  7. adkchickmama

    adkchickmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a source out there for wood pellets? The kind you use for a pellet stove? I used those with my chicks and it worked well, they are pretty absorbent and too big for them to eat. [​IMG]
     
  8. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Check for feed suppliers in your area, if none is close you may be able to order it by the bale. you might be able to order 6mos. worth. i used to have 10 bales at a time delivered to my house when I had guinea pigs. (129). They even put it on my porch. Anyone know if I can do this with chicken feed?
     
  9. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alder shaving should be ok. What I used was wire floor with unshredded newspaper underneath. I used 1/4" hardware cloth since I had bantams. It was still a bit hard on their feet so I covered it with old sheets. The sheets dried very quickly and could easily be machine washed and re-used in the brooder (never any-where else though). Some people use shelf liner.
     
  10. hermiesbirdies

    hermiesbirdies Out Of The Brooder

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    there is a post on here somewhere about using sand, how it helps dry the poop and you can clean it up with a kitty litter scooper.


    from what everyone else is saying maybe you could use the paper and make chicken pinyatas:D fill full of worms and veggies. I dont know how to blind fold a chicken though and how to get them to take turns either
     

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