Neighbors with chickens- the good, the bad and the smell
Hello, we recently moved into a house next to some lovely neighbors. They welcomed us with a bottle of sparkling wine, were super friendly and nice.
Now I’m staring to think this was because after a month or so they got chickens, a dozen of them, in a coop next to our fence. I have nothing against the chickens per se, they are funny, I enjoy the clucking and we sometimes get nice fresh eggs.
There is a huge but - of course - and it is the SMELL. I sometimes cannot even open my home office window as the smell is so terrible. Our side yard is full of huge flies and even opening our front door brings you a rush of quite disgusting chicken smell. I need to hold my breath to bring out the trash to the bins.
I do not want to have issues with my nice neighbors so two questions:
1) are there smell management techniques our neighbors can do to mitigate this horrible smell?
2) how can I broach this with my neighbors in a friendly non confrontational way?
Thanks in advance!