Before buying any livestock, be sure to check with your HOA or city ordinances to insure that you CAN keep chickens on your property. Then research the types of chickens that might be right for you as well as the number of birds you will be able to accommodate. Make sure to network with other chicken keepers in your area to see how they do it and to look at coop designs. You will want to make sure that your coop is built of strong material and that it is safe for the chickens.
Purchase your feed before you bring the birds home. Food can be purchased in a number of locations so ask around to find the best deals and the best selection. Once you have the animals in place, spend time getting to know them and read their "cues." Animals will communicate, but you have to take note of what they are saying. Of course it goes without saying that your coop should be cleaned daily and that your birds should have plenty of the necessities at their disposal. With so many chicken keepers out there and a wealth of websites dedicated to the hobby, there's nothing stopping you from going to the birds!