Looking at getting a few chooks in about 6 months.
I'm new to chickens (had cats,dogs, mice and fish as a kid , more of a dog person)
No chickens yet, just moving into our first house next week, has a decent sized garden around 400m2
in Sydney Australia
Other hobbies are electronics and Jazz (play sax).
Have a 19 month old daughter and love watching her learn.
Things to do first before getting/making a coop and then chickens
Fix up garden irrigation (have a 10k litre rainwater tank, need to overhaul pump and replace/install new fittings)
Plan and build up garden beds for veggies
Clean out any plants that might be toxic to chickens
Also get to know the neighbours on my block with chickens (at least 2 houses with chickens in the closest 6 houses).
Main reasons for wanting chooks
eggs - I usually eat 2-3 eggs 5-6 days a week for breakfast
fertiliser for garden