I have raised horses from infancy into their golden years but for some reason I just don't know where to start with chickens. I have researched the laws for chickens in our area. I have looked at different coops trying to determine which would be ideal for us and what size. Then I get here and I'm reading about brooders for the babies. Ok so I don't just keep dragging this out what should be the very first thing I do before I bring a poor chick home to my house? Oh and then my husband brings up the dogs. We have two labs, they are sweet and never have hurt anything that has been in our yard. How do you make sure we don't have any issues that will land me on the naughty mommy list and my daughter in therapy? Any insight anyone can share with me would be greatly appreciated. I have googled till I'm cross eyed.