shredded paper

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by justinsutter, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. justinsutter

    justinsutter New Egg

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    hello all...first time posting on here but love reading everything you all post! my wife, lindsay, 6 year old son, Dasch, and i getting into a back yard family of chickens and have a question. has anyone ever used shredded paper in their coop? i was wondering about using it on the floor and on the poop decks.

    i will be using wood shavings in the nesting boxes.

    any pointers would be greatly appreciated!

    thanks to all and God Bless!

    The Sutter Fam
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    Shredded paper will work for bedding. I have found it is not the best but I would give it a 5 out of ten personally.

    I have used all types of litter for coops.

    I have not tried sand (sand gets good reviews on this site).

    Of all the things I tried to date wood pellets (not always available either) have been the best. I tried wood pellets as a last resort when pine shavings were not available. They are super absorbent and swell up and eventually turn to saw dust. The droppings just seem to vanish and turn to dust when it comes in contact with wood pellets .

    Replace my litter and clean my coop every October after I harvest my garden.


    Works for me in my deep litter method.

    I do add to pellets from time to time.

    I have 63 trips around the sun so it is not my first rodeo.

    I have anywhere from 10 to 15 birds housed in my 4x8 coop.

    Through the winter months it froze harder than concrete with -40º temperatures. The poop froze before it could be absorbed by the pellets and there was like a crusty layer of poop in certain areas where they collectively took aim (no smell, messy feet or flies @ -40º). Come April things started to look after themselves.

    Oh I might add I do have poop boards 3½" below my roost that I clean every 2 to 3 days (excellent for catching eggs laid through the night).

    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new.

    Easy peasy!.

    Chicken coop is salvaged 4x8 metal shed.


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    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have mixed paper from the household paper shredder with the pine shavings with success.

    It all goes into the compost bin after while.

    Chris
     
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I must confess I do mix Shredded paper in with my wood pellets as well (when I can get them) and pine shavings when I can not.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I searched on this months ago as I thought it would be a great reuse practice, but found that it has some serious downfalls.
    Here are two things I remember most:
    Paper by itself when wetted will form tight globs of ...wet paper.
    Pieces of shredded paper all over the yard and stuck to chickens feet.

    I suppose, as others have noted, that if it is mixed sparingly with other bedding it can work.
     

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