As you can see, my yard isn't large. Quite small, but the main thing is that I do have a permit, which you can get at your City Hall if you are allowed to have chickens... I found out that even though I live in a residential neighborhood at the beach, our ZIP code contains the horse stables and this area is permitted for 6 hens, a pig, a turkey and a certain number of small foul....I wouldn't dream of a pig or turkey though.
I have three hens (no roosters allowed) and I have had chickens for 10 years now. They are not a lot of work...just a tending to every day. I let them out to bathe and pick for bugs and sun in their favorite spots. They love to be held and scratched under their wings and will fall asleep in your arms like a baby.
Mine lay the beautiful French Blue eggs every day...and Yes. They are delicious! I know so many people considering chickens. Feel free to ask me any questions....I may not know everything but FYI: my friends call me the "chicken whisperer."