There are various types of bedding materials available for chickens, including shavings,
wood chip, hay, straw and shredded paper. Shredded paper is often not advised as
it can become soiled quickly and hardens when wet.
Shredded paper however can be a cheap alternative for a bedding material. Hay is
little use for a bedding material but is good for nest boxes. Hay has poor drainage
properties and does not provide good scratching material for your chickens. Straw
has better drainage than hay and is a good material for your chickens to scratch