Hello BYC Folks, I am a newbie who hopes to have a couple hens in the future. In a couple months (once escrow closes) I will be moving to a 16,222 square foot lot in the county area in my town where chickens are allowed. My friends and family find my long time desire to own chickens quite amusing but now that it is actually possible I'm getting resistance from my husband. He had some chickens when he was a small boy and they must've been part werewolf! He says chickens are extremely noisy (especially when laying) and always have poop hanging off their rear ends (they had a chicken named hang-hang due to the poop issue). Due to the fact he and his mother have these bad memories of chickens and I have never owned them, I'm having a hard time convincing him that two sweet, fat hens will not disturb the neighbors or have constant poopy booty’s. So, in addition to learning how to keep chickens warm and happy through a Tahoe winter I need to get information on how loud and poopy chickens really are! Hopefully I can find some good information here.