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Raising Chickens

Raising Chickens
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Keeping Chickens Cool

Raising chickens from fluffy babies to full-grown birds takes care and dedication. Still, this challenging process is one of the most rewarding farm experiences—there’s precious little better than a farm-fresh egg. 

Find all the resources you need to set up your coop, raise your birds, and care for them well into the future.
Chicken Coop

Coop Outfitting

Your chickens need a dry floor covered with soft material to protect their feet and keep them warm. We recommend wood shavings or straw. Your chickens also need a protected place to nest and bed down. We sell completed nesting boxes or books that can help you build your own. 
Chickens

Chicken Breeds

Chickens come in all shapes and sizes. Show chicken buyers often choose a more flamboyant breed, like the Silkie, for their F.F.A. competitions. More industrious individuals often opt for Plymouth Rock chickens for their reliable egg-laying habits.  
Baby chicks

Raising Chicks

Raising chicks is an involved process. They need warmth, lots of food, and constant care. Shipton’s carries how-to guides, starter kits, chick-sized coops, and gentle heating pads to help your chick care as much as possible. 
Chicken Feed

Choosing Feed

What your chicken eats matters. Calcium helps produce stronger eggshells. Good layer feed promotes overall health and regular egg laying. Proper feed can also help your chickens endure the winter cold better.

Chicken Heating

A healthy chicken needs to maintain a body temperature of around 106 Fahrenheit. So, chickens often need help staying warm-especially during the Montana winter. A heat lamp or a gentle heating pad will do wonders for your chickens' health. 
Chickens in the winter

Chicken Heating

A healthy chicken needs to maintain a body temperature of around 106 Fahrenheit. So, chickens often need help staying warm-especially during the Montana winter. A heat lamp or a gentle heating pad will do wonders for your chickens' health. 

Care For Your Chickens