I am planning to add blown-in cellulose (GreenFiber) to my 15' x 40' attic, which currently has blown-in pink (circa 1971) which has really settled/compacted. A lot of it, I can actually pick up in sheets and/or good-sized chunks. If I stuff some into trash bags, can I dump it into the blower I get free from the big box store when I buy the cellulose and re-blow and re-fluff the fiberglass before I add the cellulose? The Cocoon machine at Lowe's has a warning label about only using cellulose, user assumes liability, etc.
Whether you can or not, you probably don't want to. If you're going to go through the trouble trouble of pulling out the fiberglass, you might as well just replace it with cellulose, which has a significantly higher R-value (around 50% higher per inch than fresh loose fill fiberglass). Your settled fiberglass, on the other hand, has a significantly higher R-value per inch than the fresh fluffy stuff! The settling of loose fill insulation is only a problem because you lose inches faster than the R-value per inch increases. "Fluffing" what you have now would save you a little bit of cellulose but if you still fill to the same depth, but would leave you less insulated.
The more you compress insulation the more the R value goes out the window. You should expect some settling but you shouldnt be pulling it out in chunks or sheets. I agree with Zhentar on pulling the old insulation as it is adding weight to your drywall ceiling (and you may not want to add to it) plus compacted that much it is not earning its keep. As far as pulling it out in sheets / chunks you should really check / recalculate your ventilation. settling is normal but chunks and sheets ar an indicator of high moisture content. As far as loading it into the machine.... the auger should have a grate above it that the bag can rest on. Make use of it. set the bag on the grates and cut the bottom. Itll feed the machine instead of your front yard. Best of Luck !
Fiberglass has a settle rate of ZERO! These guys are just completely wrong. Cellulose has a significant settle rate which is why all cellulose manufactures recommend blowing more insulation to compensate for the settle. All loose fill fiberglass companies list ZERO settlement. The only time fiberglass will settle is if there is a moisture issue. Either from the home or from the roof or ventilation. And a qualified insulation contractor will advise of that with sealing of penetrations, adding more exhaust roof vents or equalizing the ratio between soffit to roof vents. Cellulose will settle regardless as it is made of recycled newspaper. And anyone that has left a paper on the driveway knows what happens...it shrinks. You have probably already solved your issues, but my recommendation also follows the previous...remove the old and install new...or just add more fiberglass over the top and be done with it. Adding fiberglass over the cellulose solves the shrink issues completely.