Envirogirl, Lots of good advice has already been given. I would like to add some things and emphasize some things. One great thing about digital photography is you can take a lot of pictures without worrying about wasting film and getting photos developed only to throw them away. Take lots of pictures and keep only the very best. Analyze the ones you discard and use what you learn. Composition is important and there are many rules such as the rule of thirds. But then rules are made to be broken. Framing helps. Cropping is an easy tool to use and it gets rid of unneeded elements in your photo. Look at your background and try to reduce clutter. Depth of field is another tool. Contrast between different elements in your photos. Chickens can be tough, they are always moving and the backgrounds aren't the best. I know I've thrown a lot of things out here without an explanation. There are online tutorials you can take. Check out books from the library on photography. Take classes at a nearby school if they are offered. Take lots of pictures and determine why you like a certain photo. If you questions about anything any of us have said just ask and someone will explain or clarify. Most of all, have fun doing it.