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I've had my chicks 3 weeks now but they keep eating the newspaper that they are meant to sleep on.

Nancy is the worst culprit and she has been teaching some of the others to do the same - even with poop on, naughty girl 🤮

They don't seem to have come to any harm so far but I don't want the newspaper causing them a problem (or the poop)

Is it OK for them to eat it ? It is only the Daily Mail :wink:

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1 hour ago, Cat tails said:

If you use easichick, do you still need newspaper?

On the shelf, that is in the cage, I have made a newspaper box on 3 sides.

I made it because they make an awful lot of poop on the shelf and it is easier to change newspaper sheets, especially if I'm in school all day.

I do tape it down in places but Nancy just kills it with her feet and then starts to peck and eat it.

I could make a better box and fill it with bedding but I think Nancy will still get the paper ? Maybe a sticky-back plastic box with bedding would be better ?

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Best thing for the Mail.

Perhaps not brilliant for the chooks although it probably won’t do them too much harm. I can’t picture what you mean by the box on the shelf. Can you make it out of cardboard or something less likely to be shredded and eaten 🙄

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47 minutes ago, mullethunter said:

Best thing for the Mail.

Perhaps not brilliant for the chooks although it probably won’t do them too much harm. I can’t picture what you mean by the box on the shelf. Can you make it out of cardboard or something less likely to be shredded and eaten 🙄

It is mostly cardboard which I then covered in newspaper - this is mostly intact.

It is the newspaper sheets that I have put together on top that they wreck, even though I tape the edges.

I did think about weaving some sheets together but that would take me ages to do. 

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Can’t you line it with something washable?
Small piece of lino? Plastic cutting board? Piece of shower curtain? 

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For my guinea pigs I have made fleece liners for their cage from a cheap fleece blanket and mattress cover - would that work - they wash so quickly or even just the cheap blanket cut up ??

 

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10 hours ago, Cat tails said:

Can’t you line it with something washable?

Some old tea towels could be a good idea :idea:

9 hours ago, HarrisonFamily said:

For my guinea pigs I have made fleece liners for their cage from a cheap fleece blanket and mattress cover - would that work - they wash so quickly or even just the cheap blanket cut up ??

 

Hazel seems to easily get her nails caught in anything remotely not smooth (sorry for the back to front English - been a long day) 

19 hours ago, Luvachicken said:

It is mostly cardboard which I then covered in newspaper - this is mostly intact.

It is not intact after today.

This is what happens when you are in school all day and no one indoors makes sure they are not getting up to mischief. 

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On 2/25/2021 at 11:09 AM, Luvachicken said:

I've had my chicks 3 weeks now but they keep eating the newspaper that they are meant to sleep on.

Nancy is the worst culprit and she has been teaching some of the others to do the same - even with poop on, naughty girl 🤮

They don't seem to have come to any harm so far but I don't want the newspaper causing them a problem (or the poop)

Is it OK for them to eat it ? It is only the Daily Mail :wink:

Funny situation. To my mind, it's not normal except then they are only pecking it. Maybe it's smth personal to Daily Mail? 😁

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