what about shredded newspaper and/or sawdust?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kylara70, May 24, 2010.

  1. kylara70

    kylara70 Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2010
    are either of these okay inside the hen house? Are there any reasons NOT to use them?

    Carol O.
  2. sune42

    sune42 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2009
    Northern Kentucky
    I don't think shredded newspaper absorbs very much. No idea about sawdust.
  3. kylara70

    kylara70 Out Of The Brooder

    May 13, 2010
    Well, just in case anyone else looks for sawdust or shredded newspaper and finds this thread and this post, the shredded newspaper does fine as bedding and they WILL lay eggs in a nesting box with shredded newspaper in it. Also, the sawdust is BRILLIANT for spreading on the floor to absorb waste products. I also put shredded (run through the shredder) cardstock in a nesting box and they REALLY like that. We have had a lot of eggs layed in that box.

    As far as the newspaper goes, I found that the smaller I ripped it up, the better they liked it.
  4. 3chimama

    3chimama Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    the shredded newspaper would be a great way to recycle! I might try that.
  5. sgtmck1

    sgtmck1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Sterling, Ok.
    I take shredded paper home from work. it works

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