I have been around chickens while spending time on my Aunts farm but never have owned them. I think choosing the location was harder than building it! LOL! Our first thought was farthest away from the house because of peoples opinions of them being stinky. Our property backs up to woods and for obvious reasons, that made us nervous! After choosing 4 locations, we finally decided on having them close to the house where they would be safest. We attached it to the mud room and inserted the side of the coop that has the nesting boxes right through a window we had closed off some time ago so when the snow falls, I won't have to keep a path shoveled! I'll be able to walk out into the mud room in my slippers and collect eggs My goal was to build them a safe, comfortable place, while giving them free range time as much as possible while we are outside with them.