What do I actually need for chickens?
For some reason I have a half size horse stall in the bottom level of my bank barn. It has an exit door, and it's always looked like a good place to put chickens to me. It's cool in summer and sheltered in winter. It would need some mesh at the top to be fox/raccoon proof.
We're a fair distance from the road, so I'm presuming to let them out to wander at morning feed time and bring them in at evening feed.
What do I actually need to get to keep chickens?
The feed store seems to have aisles of chicken stuff, then in spring more aisles of chick specific stuff that presumably you put aside and replace with full size stuff at some point. Somehow I've managed to have horses for years without buying 90% of what a saddlery sells, so I'm pretty sure the same applies for chickens.