Im keen on getting some chooks. Having only a small yard and limited cash to spend, I might start with a simple A-Frame chicken coop and go from there, down the track. Will probably start with just the two and see how that goes!
There is some great information on doing it at the Down To Earth Blog. She also writes on a whole host of items, baking bread, making soap, all that stuff that I want to get into.
So ideally we would have a few egg-laying hens, and a few for growing and eating, but to start with we'll just get a few for eggs, and go from there.