We really didn't know what we were getting into. Chickens are just different animals and practically dinosaurs. We often resorted to BackyardChickens.com with our questions about what to feed them, what plants to remove from our yard, how to keep their egg shells firm, if they needed heat on the coldest winter days (they don't) and why Nera started losing all of her feathers (brooding).
We thought we had it easy buying grown chickens with a coop, but the coop was ghetto and architecturally questionable. The roofing ran rain water into the chicken run -- not good -- so I spent most of the November and December weekends building a new chicken coop from scratch. Here are some photos from building process and the finished product.