PREP WORK: GETTING YOUR HOME AND YARD READY
YOU’VE LEARNED THAT you can legally keep chickens in your backyard. Now, before you bring home your chicks or eggs—whether your first or fiftieth set—you need to prepare. Gather all your equipment and keep it nearby in a handy space. Stock the necessary food, water, and vaccines. Do a once-over of your yard and tools to make sure everything’s in good repair before your birds arrive. To really get ahead of the curve, plan for your coop to include water collection; you can accumulate and store rainwater runoff for watering outdoor runs or a nearby garden or to fill coop waterers.