The SmirkingGoat Chicken page
Getting a couple of chickens started us on this whole 'hobby farm' thing. The initial reason for getting chickens was that our property was quite tick infested.
We preferred not to spray a bunch of pesticides to kill the ticks for a few reasons, one of which is that our water comes from a well.
We had heard that guinea hens love to eat ticks, but they are on the small side - so we went with full size chickens so we could have regular size eggs as a side benefit.
We started with a dozen chickens, and are now up to 37.