Hi! I searched the threads in this forum, but didn't come up with what I was looking for. I would like to know if there is any practical reason, aside from the occasional whiff of chicken, that the coop shouldn't be next to the house. The spot I'm thinking of is the most sheltered and accessible place in the yard, and also the easiest to maintain and supervise. There is little snow there because of some tall spruce trees, so it also means that the hens can get out earlier in the year. The actual distance I'm talking about is 1 yard/meter from the front porch, and twice that from my bedroom window, which I like to open in summer. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts/experiences on this. Thank you!