"Be prepared for disasters. Have a chicken first aid kit ready. The best resource by far is the blog "The Chicken Chick" by Kathy Shea Mormino. She has fantastic informational posts about any chicken thing you can dream. Her information has helped me save a dog chewed chicken and taught me how to treat mite infestations efficiently."
Build an automatic chicken waterer, which consists of a large barrel for water collection, a sturdy stand, and a commercial water bowl. It’s a pretty simple design, but should be a huge time saver- no more dealing with dinky waterers that have to be replaced often.