Hi All My wife is really wanting a small coop and 3 - 4 chickens. We own a house on a typical suburban sized lot - maybe on the small end. Our backyard is pretty heavily landscaped (not just a patch of lawn) so locations are limited. She is thinking of putting the coop right up against the house - and near a window we like to keep open almost year round. I'm thinking that will be a disaster once the chickens get moved in for a few months and things get a little poopy. I'm looking at several designs and will build it for easy cleaning - will most likely be using bedding material for absorbing waste in the roosting area. I do understand that the coop needs to be cleaned to keep the flock healthy, but I'm concerned about a pervasive smell with the coop next to the house We have a location that would be about 10ft from where she wants it --- I'm assuming this would be preferable for odor concerns. But again that window will still be open. Thanks for your comments --- with any kind of animal we might keep (pets etc.) I feel its important to for them to be happy and healthy as well as us.