The News-Gazette can be used as chicken bedding

Why did the chicken cross the road? To sleep in The News-Gazette.

The issue of chickens in local cities hasn't been as prevalent lately as it was this summer, but this is an interesting take on the subject. It also includes the subject of newspaper reuse, which is one of my favorites.

Earlier this year, a local subscriber e-mailed us to see if she could use our newspaper as bedding for her hens.

“I have been raising hens for two years now for eggs," she wrote us. "I am considering using shredded newspapers for their bedding in efforts to be spendthrift and as a benefit of recycling. Do I need to be concerned about the dyes used, if the hens are going to eat some of it? Even if the hens are OK, does it (harm) the eggs?”

Ted Wolf, one of the people in charge of our customer care center, replied that The News-Gazette is perfectly safe for chickens.

“Yes, the newsprint part of the paper is perfectly safe for your hens,” Wolf wrote. “In fact, University of Illinois animal scientists Larry Berger and George Fahey started experimenting in 1991 using shredded newsprint as an additive to cattle feed. To quote an article from The News-Gazette from March 11, 1991, newsprint is a "natural cellulose fiber" source. The slick inserts are not suitable for animal use as some inks contain cadmium and lead, however the UI's tests show "newspaper inks are harmless – especially those with soy-bean bases." The News-Gazette currently uses a mix of soybean and petroleum inks.”

So there you have it. If you have chickens, this would be a great way to reuse your N-G ... after you read it, of course.

How do you reuse The News-Gazette? If you have other ideas, feel free to e-mail me or tweet me.

Photo is from Spencer Schaffner. I used it when I blogged about chickens earlier this year.

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Mqqneyes wrote on October 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm

As I've always said, the only thing this paper is good for, is lining the bottom of a bird cage.