All the Chickens really need are a coop, feed and water. We have been raising them in the city of Indy for about a year now and we have not had any problems. We feed them anything we eat, pellet or crumble layer feed, corn, scratch grains, mealworms, grit and oyster shells. If you have chicks feed them Chick starter, Baby cakes, and mealworms. Water of course. The coop can be made from just about anything. Ours is made from wood. Bedding can be hay, straw or pine shavings. They also have a run they are in most of the time, but we do let them out for some free range time.