We had chickens growing up and now I am grown and with my own tribe and have started on the adventures of backyard chickens. I have 5 girls (I hope) a Black sex link, white leghorn, and three barred rock. I tried to start simple. Our goal is fresh eggs, family friends, and BUG control. So far after 4 weeks I am trying to establish the permanent coop location. Currently they are in a small chicken tractor in our basement. We live in the north east and nights are still a little chilly so it's working out well even though the coop is done. I'm trying to convince my husband to let me locate it just off our back porch. I have not had a problem with smell yet since I keep the girls extremely clean and they free range most of the day with me. We have a very wooded lot so I worry about predators. Any suggestions on convincing my husband I'm not crazy on location. I Think it would be wonderful to be able to walk right out to them and gather eggs.