I'm a beginner so take my advice with several grains of salt. I would nix the chipdrop step just because you're likely to end up with a fungal dominated soil which is great for perennials and not so hot for annuals. Focus more on bringing in compost, dirt, and trace minerals. Be careful of the pyralid contaminated dirt from this year (I recommend reading up about it.). I would also bring in some red wigglers and a get a nice verimicompost going. You really wanna increase the bacterial life in the soil. If youi're bringing in chickens I hope you've talked to your feudal lord *cough* I mean landlord about putting up a structure. I don't personally care but wouldn't want you to get kicked out over something silly. Also consider whether you want to free range your chickens or paddock them or what. I personally would wait a season or two on chickens, but we "own" our home so we've got the stability and longevity to contemplate it before we do it.