I have never owned chicks before and I want to know how to tell my neighbor that we are getting chickens. Her room is near the area where we were planning to build the coop. Are they that loud? We don't want a rooster...just chickens. I have a friend who told me that they only make noise when they are about to lay of are laying. Also,are they that stinky? My friends coop is because they never clean but we are planning on cleaning ours three days a week. Finally, we want to get eight chickens but we aren't sure if we should start small and add up or just buy eight to start and add on from there???