For some reason my hens are much noisier than I remembered as a child. They are up at the very first crack of dawn and their egg song is very LOUD, but they usually quiet down within a few hours and are pretty much slient for the rest of the day. It doesn't bother me at all and I wouldn't be as worried about the neighbors if it didn't start so early in the morning. I live in a typical suburban neighborhood. I did talk to my next door neighbors before getting chickens and offered to give eggs when they started laying. Yesterday I went to deliver my first batch and the neighbor's older mother informed she is allergic to eggs and they don't really eat eggs in their household. She also informed she has a sleeping disorder and has to sleep with her window (which is right above my coop) open. She was very nice and said she hadn't said anything because she had seen me with the chickens and could tell how much I love them. I do love them, but I feel really bad. When we first decided to get chickens, I planned on keeping them on the other side of the yard, however being that DH and I are not very handy at building, we decided instead to house them in a converted metal shed that was already on the property. The setup has worked great, (except for the location) and it's pretty open sothere is NO sound barrier. I can keep an eye out for a more insulated coop on craigslist but was wondering if there was anything else I could do in the meantime to reduce the noise in the current set up. I tried turning their nest boxes to face the inside of the coop and even shut one side of the double doors, but they sounded louder than ever this morning. Maybe its just a situation that will have to wait until we can buy a more insulated coop, I just hate to be a bad neighbor. Any thoughts from this lovely community would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for listening!