. I am also new and anxiously awaiting spring when we will finally be ready for chicks! I just read threads that look like there will be need-to-know info and take it from there. I ALMOST feel like I'll know what I'm doing when my chicks arrive!
You will learn as you go, read and ask questions. You will get a lot of advice to use along the way. Read the Breeds Page if see what type of chickens will suit you needs/wants, and go for it. We did and are happy about our picks. There is also a lot of help on the Forum Information and FAQs that was a big help to us.