added by sammymagee
(7 months ago)
Strategize your coop's location and design. Screen chickens from street view and from the view of neighbors' dogs, which might become barking nuisances if they aren't used to seeing chickens.
"Our neighbor didn't want to see the coop, so we lowered our coop's roof for them," says Shannon Demma, who keeps chickens in Santa Cruz, California. "We keep the coop in a completely enclosed yard, so from the outside you don't even know it's there. After watching us with our chickens, our neighbors now have their own coops."
Some chicken keepers purposely build coops without windows and lock their chickens in every night. Haupt says that they're quieter in the dark, and that she doesn't let them out until after 8 a.m. to keep early-morning clucking from waking the neighbors.