shreaded paper for the chooks???

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shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #221366 Islaskye
Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:55 pm

I go through a LOT of paper in my job which ends up shreaded for recycling.
some one said I can use it as bedding in the chicken coop, Does any one know if it is safe to use for this (Im a bit worried about the dust and fibres)

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Re: shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #221371 oldjerry
Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:33 pm

I've used it ,it was OK.

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Re: shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #221383 dave45
Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:18 am

You can also dig it into your garden (with or without the chicken poo!). Breaks up clay soils ... eventually. Spread it out a bit so that it doesn't form a solid lump. If you have wood stove you can make those paper logs with it. Bit tedious though.

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Post: #221398 Islaskye
Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:16 am

thats good news for the purse strings too!! :thumbright:

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Re: shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #221400 Islaskye
Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:19 am

dave45 wrote:If you have wood stove you can make those paper logs with it. Bit tedious though.


Oh I wish I did have a wood stove to get tedious about!!!! thats on my wish list when I win the lotto!
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Re: shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #221404 wulf
Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:53 am

At the place I used to live we kept chickens and had no problems with using shreddings to line the coop. It was free so we regularly cleaned it out - obviously soiled patches every day and the whole lot every fortnight or so - and put that on the compost heap.

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Post: #221418 Milims
Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:51 am

We do it all the time - it's a great feeling to have your bills covered in poop then dug into the garden! :lol:
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Re: shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #221478 Thomzo
Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:10 pm

Yes, I've used it for years. It's even better when you mix it with grass clippings. They help each other to break down in the compost heap and the chooks love it.

If you do have a log fire, a good layer of shredded paper makes a great firelighter.

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Post: #221550 little blue duck
Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:26 pm

having ex-batts & daft young things, I tend to put sawdust over the floor, and shredded paper in the nest boxes... to encourage them to differentiate between walking & laying places!

it ocasionally leaves a little print on a damp, warm egg, but its great & in my case free.
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Re: shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #223400 clare
Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:34 pm

Yes, I too use shredded paper in the nesting boxes and as you say it is free,well until my shredder packed up,but I have put wanted posts on freecycle for it and collected it when I am going to a place(all non essential journeys are cancelled here!due to petrol costs)most people don't know what to do with all the shreddings and are glad to see them go to a good home.
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Re: shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #233754 indy
Mon May 30, 2011 9:22 pm

Does anyone know of a suitable shredder to shred newspaper, all those that I have tried have snarled up constantly. Thanks
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Post: #233785 MeganW
Tue May 31, 2011 8:35 am

A bit off-topic, but I use shredded paper in my wormery as it provides insulation when it's cold but is also a food for the worms.

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Re: shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #234659 Saffron
Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:49 pm

You can use shredded paper in the compost bin. It is good because, not being totally flat it helps keep air in. it can be added before or after the chickens have used it!

Not sure about shredding newspaper Indy. It may be too soft and floppy!

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Re: shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #234717 indy
Wed Jun 08, 2011 3:55 pm

Think you're right but I shall keep hunting :lol:
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Re: shreaded paper for the chooks???

Post: #234889 Mrs H
Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:55 am

We use shreddings to bed all our animals! It works a treat. Many large companies pay to dispose of their shreddings so are generally more than grateful if you ask them for it. Xx


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