I was out turning my compost heap this AM and watching my cluckers do their thing, scratching, eating, drinking, laying etc. when a thought struck me, "Am I making this more complicated than it needs to be?" As I pondered on this I remembered a bit from my childhood during the golden days of radio (Do you remember radio? It was like TV without the need to actually look at it. ); First guy: "I'm going to start raising rabbits." Second guy: "Do you know anything about raising rabbits?" First guy: "No, but the rabbits do!" My question is that once we've protected them as best we can from danger, and provided food, water and shelter is all of the rest of this really necessary? Chickens know how to raise chickens. Opinions?