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« on: May 07, 2010, 09:45:15 AM »

I have so much shredded newspaper I decided to give this a try.  I am aware of potential splay leg problems, but the chickens using this area are all full grown and spend most of their time outdoors.  I'm really just trying to get them to help me speed along the compost process.  So far, they just push the mass of paper around when I throw corn in the middle of it.  I'm hoping as it packs down a little it will start to break down faster...  we'll see.
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2010, 01:46:28 PM »

I am aware of potential splay leg problems, but the chickens using this area are all full grown and spend most of their time outdoors.  I'm really just trying to get them to help me speed along the compost process.  So far, they just push the mass of paper around when I throw corn in the middle of it.  I'm hoping as it packs down a little it will start to break down faster...  we'll see.

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They won't get splay leg from shredded newspaper.  They get it from slick surfaces when their feet keep sliding, like whole newsprint laid flat.  Shredded newspaper is not that slick, lots of edges for friction and their feet to get a grip on.

I wouldn't worry about the poop either.  That paper absorbs it like a sponge.  Your shredded newsprint will be a solid mass in no time.  Your biggest problem will be breaking it up with a hammer.  It will be like fiberboard.  Fiberboard is made by mixing water, a binder (your chicken manure) and wood pulp, (your shredded newspaper) and compressing it till it dries.  Basically, your chicken coop.
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2010, 08:46:20 PM »

I was hoping it would break down as opposed to firming up.. haha.  Oh well, guess I'll pull out the crowbar to get it out of there when the day comes.  Maybe I can add some wood chips on top to help keep it from clumping...  I'm going to experiment with it for a while.  I'll add more pics later.
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2010, 01:33:12 PM »

Is splay leg the same thing as spraddle leg?
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2010, 03:05:56 PM »

Is splay leg the same thing as spraddle leg?

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« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2010, 05:08:15 PM »

Update:  I've added some woodchips to try to help it breakdown, but the shreds are still pretty much intact.  Next free day I'm going to pull it out,  put it in the compost pile, and go back to woodchips. 

Shredded paper works much better in wormbeds than chicken coops, fyi.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2010, 06:17:15 AM »

OK, so that was a total failure.  After almost a month, the paper did soften up some, but was still in whole shreds for the most part.  The worst part is that the newspaper does nothing to control odor.  My coop usually smells like fresh wood chips, but after a couple of weeks with newspaper... well, you could tell it was a chicken coop.

Here's the state of the paper upon removal.  Hopefully the compost pile will take care of it:


So, other than the worm bed and compost pile, what can I do with all of that newspaper??
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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2010, 06:55:28 AM »

Thanks for the experiment PB.  Now I will not have to try that!

One thing we have going for us is we are woodworkers.  Once our shop is set back up we should have plenty of wood chips for the chicks.  Right now I am at the mercy of Tractor Supplu.

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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2010, 02:11:37 PM »

shredder paper is great for hog litter.
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