Many many years ago I had about 20 different poultry on my horse farm. I didn't do anything for them at all. I know that sounds bad but they were pets and other than throw them a little extra horse grain they took care of themselves on 20 acres. I have moved and now have a small back yard but I would LOVE to have 2-3 hens to have a regular egg supply. I have been doing some research on coops and have decided that a chicken tractor would be best. I can move it around the yard and not worry about mowing as much. I'm going to post my homemade chicken tractor thoughts in the appropriate section but while I'm planning everything I need to know what else I need to be doing....I know they will need food and water. Automatic food/water containers from TSC?? I'm trying to find some local breeders to decide who I want to buy my pullets from. I'm thinking 2 standard sized hens and 1 bantam. I bought "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" and plan to start reading today. Any other suggestions, tips, etc would be VERY appreciated.