Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Dec 23, 2015
My grandparents used to have chickens in their garden when I was little, so I've had a bit of experience with them.
The first thing I would mention is that this is by no means an "apartment pet". You will need a big space for chickens, preferably outside, with a pen (a small compartment where they sleep at night) and an enclosed area for them to walk around and forage a bit.
If you do have a big enough space, chickens are great! They are a great source of fresh eggs, as well as meat once they grow older.
They don't need too much "maintenance" either: food and water a few times per day, cleaning their pen every 2 weeks or so, and then once every couple of months, sanitizing their pen for any parasites.
Another big drawback to owning chickens, apart from the large space they need, is that they tend to be quiet messy and, depending on the breed, quite noisy too.
Also depending on the breed, and your location, you need to take precautions for extreme weather (either too cold or too hot) and try to give your chickens the best possible conditions.