Hey everyone! I'm brand-new to chickens. My husband and I plan to get just a little flock of three hens for our backyard soon, and are currently designing the coop! Our yard is about 1,100sqft, full fenced with a 5.5ft sturdy fence and the hens will have free-roam access to all of it most of the time. We have neighbors directly on either side of us who are very nice and are fine with a few chickens, but I imagine that that attitude would run thin very VERY quickly if the girls chose to do their "egg song" in the early hours of the morning and it was loud enough to wake someone up. This is my main fear. We were given one of those "little tikes" plastic playhouses and we thought it would make a good, easily-cleanable coop for just three hens. We already own a 5x10ft run that we plan to attach to the playhouse so they have access to outside space even when they can't be in the whole yard. We'll be putting a nest box outside one window. Again, my primary source of anxiety right now is the potential for noise and how to deal with it. Past around 9:00am, people are up and the noise of the day has started and I'm not worried about letting the girls do whatever they wish. Before 9:00 though, I need to know what is possible to do to help keep a lid on things and ensure that they aren't going make a racket. Is there a material in particular that I could use line the ceiling of the playhouse (underside of the roof) that would provide some sound-dampening without being hazardous to the birds or retaining moisture? What about insulation around the outside of the nest box? Can I close off access to the outside run until 9:00am or will that make them MORE likely to make a loud fuss than if they had access to it? Would they get used to that routine if I was very consistent? I assume that a good, deep layer of bedding will help with any noise they make inside the coop (and is good practice anyway, from what I've read). Anything else I can do to my hutch design? Also wondering if there is anything else I should expect about the typical timing or volume of the "egg song" squawking. I seem to have read that noise potential isn't that related to breed, but maybe it still is, to some extent? Any breeds to avoid? Have access to primarily Australorps, RIR's, Red Stars (sex-link, right?), and Orpingtons, I'm mostly sure. TL;DR. I've got a plastic playhouse and a run at my disposal, a fenced yard, and neighbors on both sides that I don't want to wake up in the morning. How would you design things in my position? What would you have wanted to know, going in? Sorry for being such a chicken newbie! I know what it's like to hear stupid questions from newbies, when it comes to my experience with other animals. But, I'm learning.