Hi all! I've been lurking here on BYC for some time now....dreaming, learning, and planning. I don't have any chickens yet and my coop is only in the drawing board stage. I live on a large ranch and can place my coop either very close to or quite far from the house. I'd like to have it close to the house to enjoy seeing the chickens from the windows and so that trips to the coop to care for them will be easy. But I'm also concerned about the noise (are chickens very loud?) and the smell of the coop. What advice you you experienced chicken owners have for me?