My wife and I will be proud new home-owners come friday (closing on our first house). I really want to keep chickens for eggs and to teach our kids about where their food comes from (ideally). My wife wants Silkies because they are 'soooo cuuute'. Now the problem is that the town we are moving to does not allow chickens under any circumstances. We will have a large yard and I know I can build an inconspicuous henhouse that looks like a garden shed, but that leaves the problem of clucking and bucking noises coming from said hen-house. The furthest I can put the shed from a neighboring house is around 150ft. That combined with the fact that silkies are supposedly pretty quiet should be enough to not alert the neighbors (who, to forestall any comments in this direction, I strongly doubt would be too happy about us keeping chickens). However, just to be safe I was thinking about soundproofing the henhouse using some spare insullation foam I can get my hands on. The question is, is it possible to provide all the ventillation needed through some open eaves, or will I need more, thus negating any benefit from the sound-proofing. Another Idea I had was to make the floor out of metal grates and elevating the shed a foot or so off the ground for insullation that way in the hopes of the ground deadening most of the noise, although I have no idea where I would get my hands on some cheap metal grates without vandalizing some bridges in the area. Any ideas?