Noisy Hens

by Daisy on 01/25/2010

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Don't you eyeball me, chicken!

Since the hens began laying they have gone from quiet pullets to gabby girls.  The racket begins in late morning and continues intermittently until around noon, while the laying is going on.


By midday the hubbub has subsided and they go back to their quiet selves, but I can’t help but cringe wondering if a neighbor somewhere is building up a head of steam.

I know the amount of cackling pales in comparison to the din of lawn mowers, leaf blowers, car alarms, yapping dogs, and the like, but it’s the unusual-ness of the sound that makes ears perk up.  Suburbanites have become inured to the typical suburban sounds and we tune them out, or at least we know the futility of trying to do something to change them.  I worry that the suburban mindset, perhaps subconsciously geared to challenge the atypical, will balk at the noise of hens at laying time and I will get a visit or a dreaded notice from the city.

It’s on my agenda to visit the neighbor closest to, and therefore most likely affected by, the racket.  They seem to keep to themselves, however, and I keep putting it off.  So who’s the chicken here anyway, huh?

A basket of fresh eggs, a loaf of bread, an explanation, and an invitation to visit the hens is what I plan.  Help get me off my tush and over there, folks.

Oh, and please tell me that your hens got quieter after they had been laying for a while . . .  ?

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

Brad January 6, 2012 at 10:33 am

Usually it’s a hen who wants to be the boss or has Mother Hen syndrome. So what I do is Pin her in a spot, then as she zooms by, Hit her on the butt with a broom. That tells her she’s the quilty party and shows the others to not follow suit.

Diane January 31, 2012 at 10:46 am

I am having the same problem. Wasn’t sure if she was protecting the laying hens or angry that they were in her box? I have been trying to grab her when she is ‘being squawky’ and stick her in a dog crate and pop her in the shed for a few hours away from the other hens. I thought if she was being dominant the sepaeration would lower her in the pecking order and quiet her down…but no luck yet. My wyandottes never did this , they are sweet quiet girls. The problem started with my new hens, an Aracauna hybrid…who have always been louder. If I give the loud one to a friend, will another take it’s place?

Tomato Lady January 31, 2012 at 11:26 am

Diane–My hens are over two years old now, and very quiet–all the same girls, but they seldom make any noise. If you are willing to wait, they will probably quieten down. I was reading about this new book that looks cool–haven’t seen an actual copy yet, though. It promises ways to help keep the noise down, you might see if your library can order it:

Danielle February 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I just stumbled across this post and had to comment; I am in the same situation except for the fact that I am the neighbor annoyed by the noisy chickens. Our neighborhood is not zoned for chickens and it is against our HOAs CC&Rs. These chickens wake me up in the morning and are as much of a nuisance as a neighbor who lets their dog bark and does nothing about it. We sleep with our bedroom window open (even when it is in the teens outside) and we are often woken by the sound of her blasted chickens making such a commotion.
Here is where I am coming from; we all read and agreed to the CC&Rs when we purchased our houses and each of the mini neighborhoods in our development have the same exact rules. This person took on the role of her HOA president solely for the reason that she wanted chickens and knew they weren’t allowed (she admitted this to me). I talked to her and told her I did not appreciate being woken by her chickens in the morning, she said she would move the chickens or keep them in the garage at night, which she never did. I called her out as a hypocrite that she is sending nasty grams to the neighbors who do not have the correct number of trees in their front yard, or park their boat in their driveway for longer than the 3 days allowed, yet she herself is breaking the ‘rules’ by keeping chickens. As a result of all this I have been ‘unfriended’ on facebook by some of the neighbors; which in reality I am truly fine with as they have shown they are not people I want to be friends with anyway (on a side note, these people live far enough away that they don’t hear the chickens in the early morning). My next option is to file a complaint with the county, which I haven’t done yet…
We do have the noise that comes with living in the suburbs, which include the lawnmowers, children at play, etc., but not once have I ever been woken in the early morning hours by any of these sounds.

I am all about living green, recycling, eating organic and real food, I purchase my organic eggs from a local farm. Just thought I would tell the story from the other side of the fence; all I ask is that when we live in close proximity to each other we all show consideration for each other.

Tomato Lady February 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Danielle–You raise an excellent point. Having chickens is no different from any other activity with the potential to make noise which wakes a neighbor. We should all respond appropriately to complaints, no matter how green the activity under consideration. It’s very unfortunate that you’re still having a problem after having told your neighbor about your issue. I’m going to email you the text from my chapter on conflict resolution in our book, Little House in the Suburbs–hopefully it will give you some ways to move toward a solution. I hope you and your neighbor can come to a meeting of the minds.

Marta February 10, 2012 at 11:47 pm

As I’m reading all the comments, I’m getting more and more discouraged to get my chickens. I live in the suburbs too, I love animals, always have… I know I’m not in the zone for horses, but chickens? Why can’t I have chickens as pets. I’m paying over $ 9,000 in taxes and I’m not aloud to have a chicken in my backyard? What about people that own exotic animals like pytons and boa constuctors? How did this become legal? I don’t know, I was browsing internet looking for answeres and I guess I got them.Quiet chicken doesn’t exist….. My husband thinks I’m crazy anyways…Well

Tomato Lady February 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

Marta–I don’t discourage people in the suburbs from chickens. To the contrary, once your set-up is complete, they are among the most low-maintenance and least disturbing pets around. They only make noise during civilized hours, and once their first laying year is over, are less vocal with each passing year, in my experience. My closest neighbor enjoys my chickens so much, she sends them treats and says she feels like she’s out in the country when she hears them, in a good way. Check out our Neighbor chicken handout here: (It’s a pdf). Also our book has a chapter all about chickens in the burbs.

Marta February 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

Hi Tomato Lady,
Nooooo, I wasn’t discouraged by you at all, if anything , you gave me a reality check. I don’t think pets are disposible, so if I take a responsibility to care for one, I need to know all aspects.You know, like people buy a cute puppy in the store, they take it home and realize that the puppy poops and needs attention and after couple of months they dump him at the shelter….I don’t rule like this, so if it is not so legal in my town to have chickens, I need to come up with a good plan or think of a plan B in case my neighbor feels the same as Danielle. This is my husbands biggest fear as well, that’s why I’m doing so much homework.After all if we love chickens soooo much we should have bought the house on the farm, I get it, but we didn’t…..
I love your handout! I think it would come handy if needed. I just have to find the right place in my yard and get the courage to order the chicks.I was thinking 2 Australorps and 1 light brahama. Wish me luck, Tomato Lady, and thanks for replying so fast, I love and respect your knowledge, M

Mikki February 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

I have 3 Ohio Buckeyes, 1 Cochen & 1 Dominique. They are all just starting to lay and all I can say is I am glad I am in IN where it’s cold and my neighbors have their windows closed. They are out of control noisy!
I am zoned for up to 5 hens but I am so worried I have someone like Danielle in my neighborhood getting madder and madder about the noise. Our zoning says up to 5 unless someone complains then you have to get rid of them.
I think I am going to save all of the eggs for the next two weeks and distribute them to the neighbors with a loaf of homemade bread. Hopefully it will sooth any troubled waters that my be brewing. Any other suggestions?

Tomato Lady February 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

Mikki–I know the feeling. When I wrote this, my hens were on their first laying season, and they have gotten a lot quieter since. Also, being friends with my closest neighbor now, knowing she likes the chickens, really helps MY peace of mind. The bread and eggs sound like they will go a long way, plus you’ll probably get some feedback–I predict most people either won’t have noticed or they will tell you stories about how they used to live in the country and they miss hearing the sounds of the farm. If you take the eggs/bread, please write back and let us know how it went. You may have seen out Chicken Neighbor Handout. If anyone has questions, having a copy of that might help.

Marta February 13, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Hi Mikki,
LOL I was luaghing so hard when I read your story,not that I don’t feel sorry for you,It’s because I feel I’m going to be in the same position as you very soon.Chickens are not legal where I live, so wish me luck and lots of eggs. Maybe I should get more then 2 hens if I have to bribe all the neighbors. Please keep me posted, I’m dying to know if it gets better and how your neighbors react. I’m planning on getting my chicks next month and I’m sooooooo scared.Marta

David February 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

To Deanna, Ref your CA artilce, Feb 14, 2012; I would suggest you and anyone else interested in chickens read the Shelbly County Ordinance, Part III, Residential Use Standards. 2.6.1.A.4: ” …the number of chickens permitted on a lot shall not exceed one bird per 1,500 square feet of lot size up to a maximum of 6 chickens….” Also, please note (this is my problem with a neighbor) “Rooster are prohibited except in the Conservation Agricultue (CA) District.” (this means on a farm or ranch)–not in a residential area. A rooster that crows 39 times in a 30 minutes period is a big pain…. Please pass this info along to all you encourage to raise chickens.

Cecil February 15, 2012 at 5:01 pm

This is a response to Brad, I hope no one here takes his advice on cornering, and then hitting a chicken, EVER! First of all chickens DO NOT “learn” by being hit or watching another chicken being hit. Second of all, bullying a chicken will only lend to her fear and may increase unwanted behavior. When a chicken is squaking loudly, a reasuring word from her keeper goes along way. Also, always do routine health checks on your birds to make sure they are physically sound. Please remember that hitting an animal is abusive and against the law. Brad, seems like you could benefit from some education on raising hens.

Cathy Page June 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Have loved reading all your comments. Tomatoe Lady…..I like you. I am really on my first chickens. I bought 4 straight runs, not really knowing what I was doing. I have learned everything the hard way. 3 our of 4 were roosters. I live where the CC & R’s do not allow chickens – but I got them anyway as our backyard is huge. We are currently trying to get out of here and buy a place in the country. None of my neighbors have said anything yet, as I got rid of the roosters and kept trying. I now have 1 Austorlorpe and 2 Americana’s. The Austrolorpe started laying a few days ago and just laid her 4th egg. She came out of the coop a spawking. I thought maybe it hurt to lay the egg. Is that a possiblility?

worried mom June 9, 2012 at 9:35 pm

hi, we hatched out 3 wonderful hens who my children just adore. we were going to move and everything was good, then we didn’t and the HOA’s don’t allow chickens!! my children want to do 4h with them and love on them so much. we had them in the yard for over a year and then a neighbor saw them and complained. we now can’t have them and I have them in a city chicken cage in the garage, is this bad for them to live in the garage?? we let them in the house at times, which is what they loved when they were outside too. we are getting more eggs now too!! I just done want to hurt them in anyway. what do you think??

Daisy June 10, 2012 at 6:19 am

Cathy Page–Thank you!
You know, while it’s impossible to know exactly how a chicken feels, I would say it’s more an announcement or, in the case of novice layers, surprise! They all do it, so it is normal behavior. Enjoy your girls!

Daisy June 10, 2012 at 6:24 am

worried mom–Chickens are adaptable, and yours certainly seemed doted on. Your HOA’s rules seem a bit outdated. You might consider seeking an amendment to those rules. There’s a lot of online information and support about promoting chicken acceptance in built up areas. Look around and see if you can find some local support. Maybe some of your other neighbors want to be self-sufficient and eco-friendly as well!

worried mom June 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

dear daisy, thank you so much for the nice words. after I got the letter telling us to get rid of them and that if I didn’t I’d be charged every day I kept them I ran to the head of the HOA’s house to let her know that they were no longer in my yard and ask what I could do to change the rules? she notified me that several other people have tried to change the rules and that she also had to get rid of her doves!! I said “how sad, we need to work on this”! and she said “I wouldn’t live any other way and will make sure they never get changed”!!! so I told her I was getting a goat and left. I may have to foster out as my husband left over this as he thinks keeping them in the garage is not kind, but my son really does pamper them. I just wanted to make sure the lack of sunshine didn’t hurt them, but its cloudy here mostly anyway!! funny how we wanted them for organic eggs that I couldn’t afford to buy from others, but when outside walking around they really took my stress away, I love to watch them. they are so soft and have their own personalities, really a pet and they want to be with us too! to funny. thanks again for your help.

Daisy June 10, 2012 at 10:19 am

worried mom–Is there any way you could find out who the other people are who’ve tried to change the rules? There is strength in numbers. I’m not sure I understand about the head of the HOA–she had doves and had to get rid of them and she’s happy with the rules?
If you do foster out, then you can try to work to get the rules amended following all the right channels–there has to be a protocol, I imagine. Then hopefully you can get your girls back.

worried mom June 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

she had to get rid of the doves before she became the head, but still likes the rules, strange. I will start digging and see what I can do, people just don’t understand how great chickens are and fight change. maybe a patition? thanks. I’ll work on the foster care, until then they live in the garage.

Daisy June 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

worried–Have courage. Change is never easy. I hope it works out for you, and I’ll keep a good thought.

Ben July 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

Oh yes, Cecil, everytime I give a reassuring word to my hens, they shut right up. Get real! Brad is right, give her a tap with a broom like you are shoeing her away or corralling her toward the coup. It usually works but not always. Sometimes I pick up the hen and hold it in my arms until she squirms to get free and then I’ll let her go and she seems to forget about being so noisy.

SOFLA Chicks January 20, 2013 at 5:46 am

My partner and I have 8 Buff Orpingtos in a small lot house in Ft Lauderdale where local zoning does not allow them, no roosters. We took a half dozen eggs to the closest neighbors when “the girls” as we call them began laying and making noise and told them to let us know if they became a nuisance. The chickens are in a coop at the farthest point from each house. I normally let them out around 8:30 or 9 am and they do their thing around the yard and take turns laying eggs back in the coop where they make their usual sounds one or two at a time. Then it’s lights out at sunset and all back into the coop for the night. I plan on checking back with the neighbors again in the next week or two to make sure they are OK. Many of our homes have impact windows (South Florida) so you can hardly hear them when closed but we’ve been having really nice weather and everyone has their windows open during the winter.
I have noticed that if I approach the chicken that is making noise with my hand above and from behind they tend to squat and stop making noise for a bit. Then I pet her and try to use reassuring sounds (like you would to a dog) you know like “good girl, please be quiet or the neighbors will complaint”. I have a feeling they will begin to be less vocal as the laying is not such a new occurrence anymore… we’ll see. Hope this helps 🙂

Lenore March 28, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I’m like Danielle. I am a neighbor who is also annoyed by the chickens kept next door. The hens cluck loudly constantly, I can’t even open my windows to ventilate during the day without being bombarded by constant cackling. And every time I exit the house (our most-used entry faces their chicken coop) the chickens go nuts, perhaps feeling threatened. I don’t know. but whatever the reason, it’s just unpleasant enough that I cannot enjoy my yard anymore.

Before the chickens, all we hear in our neighborhood were birds chirping, distant traffic/plane noise, and very quiet overall. Not even dogs barking (occasional bark, but it’s not all day, and most definitely not every day). so the racket the hens make REALLY stands out, especially when they are only few feet away. All of our friends who have visited was like, “Wow! What was that!?”

In our situation, the city allows hens, but the hen must be confined in the back lot, and must be at least 35ft from any dwelling, and cannot make noise to disturb the peace of the neighborhood. Well, inter-house distance here (we’re in a dense suburb) is 55ft, and minimum required is 70ft for a sliver of a cage. There is nowhere in the yard the neighbor can keep a chicken coop without violating the distance code (they have this huge house that took up most of the lot, so they don’t have much yard space).

Talking to them is futile. These people build without permits (and get caught by the city), ignore complaints from the neighbor, just have a very strong sense of entitlement and generally have the attitude “it’s our property, we can do whatever we want with it”, regardless of what the ordinance states (they just ignore it if it’s inconvenient).

So I called the city code enforcement, and can only hope they do something about it. But given this neighbor builds without permits, kills 50+yr old protected trees with impunity (this is also illegal in our city. so they got cited for it).

I understand the allure of having your own chickens. But as with any dog, stereo, etc., that can cause noise nuisance, your rights should be tempered with consideration to others around you.

Daisy March 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Lenore–I feel for you. When you can’t enjoy going out in your yard anymore, that isn’t good. Have you considered mediation? The National Association for Community Mediation is a good resource ( It’s certainly cheaper than hiring a lawyer, if that’s one of the options you’ve been weighing. Your city may also have a community mediator. We have a chapter in our book (the one in the right hand sidebar) that addresses problems with neighbors that may be designed with the chicken-owner in mind, but which actually works both ways. If you would like to read just that chapter, I can email you the text. Just let me know. I hope you can come to a good solution soon.

John April 14, 2013 at 10:51 am

best way to keep chickens in a no -chicken zone, is to keep seramas. i live in a no – chickens zone too. and that said, there is no way you could keep large fowl and not get away with it… my serama’s cackle, or squak sounds like this, “Bak Bak Bak BAKAH! she is very loud even as a little bird. the beauty of seramas is that they are pathetic when they cackle my next door neighbor only found out when she saw my coop through the hedges. she even wants seramas herself! get 4 – 6 seramas. they might are small and dont require alot of space, but four eggs from a serama is great breakfast!!!!! if you live in a neighborhood that only allows hens, you might even get away with having a serama rooster!!! their crow is a 3 times smaller than a regular rooster.
email: for serama eggs! and tell him John sent you!
He sells serama hatching eggs, and Adult seramas! for the adult seramas you must live in or near Seattle, WA… give them a try! they are also the sweetestr birds!

Patrizia May 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I’ve had chickens (hens only) for about 15 years and have never had a problem with neighbors in my suburban area. My neighbors’ dogs are a constant barking nuisance where I’ve had to call the city against them. I have a large dog and I do expect dog noise but not constant and annoying sounds.

With that being said, I have 2 young hens which have developed an irritating habit of loudly calling me at daybreak and whenever they know I’m in the backyard but they can’t see me. This is a separate call from when they lay eggs (they are both hens for sure). It sounds like a peacock call and is very loud. It echos throughout my neighborhood as a distinctive sound not fitting in, like an exotic bird or something. When I approach the hens making the noises or distract them with food, they stop calling. This has been going on for months. I’m finding them a new home on a farm because I cannot do this to my family, nor my neighbors. I’m also risking that these behaviors will be picked up by my other hens, which are very quiet. I’ve never encountered hens acting like this, and I’m sad to have to move them out. I’m grandfathered to have chickens in an area where they are now illegal, and I don’t want to push my luck. The two noisemakers are a Mille Fleur Belgian D’ Uccle and a Dark Brahma bantam.

Joe Clark June 10, 2013 at 2:59 am

Dear All,

I have two Hens which are starting to become too noisy. I live in a suburb and I really do not want to upset any of my neighbours. I really love chickens and I do not want to get rid of them – I’m stuck!
The hens are starting to wake me up in the morning. As soon as I hear them, I rush downstairs and try to hush them down. It’s as if they either want treats all the time or be let out of their chicken run. I have a huge chicken run but it seems that they still want to walk around the garden.
I always do their food and water the night before, but it seems they become bored too easily and want attention all the time.
Someone suggested to chuck water on them when they crow, but I was reluctant to do that. When I did do that, it seemed to still not solve the issue.
Does anyone know of any ideas or suggestions to keep the hen’s occupied?
Many thanks for your help.


Daisy June 10, 2013 at 5:54 am

Joe–I really sympathize with you. I’ve had a similar feeling. One thing that might help is to relate that since I wrote this post my hens have gotten quieter with age. They seem to go through a point soon after they begin laying that first year when they are noisiest. The other is that I never had any complaints to the city (or to my face) about them. It’s tough when you are listening to every peep out of them–it gets magnified in your own mind (at least in mine) and it seems louder than it really is. Start listening to all the barks and other noises–they really make more noise than my hens many times over.
It also sounds like you may have unwittingly “trained” your hens a bit by going out when they start to put up a racket. As hard as it may be, you might try ignoring them until a “decent hour” to see if they forget what a rewarding response they get by waking you up. Limiting the light that gets to them may also be a possibility, depending on your coop set-up. If they don’t know dawn is upon them yet, you might be able to reset their clock a bit. Hope others have suggestions, and hang in there! It probably isn’t as bad as you think!

Patrizia June 10, 2013 at 6:33 am

Hey Joe,
I’ve cut the egg-notice clucking down by removing the eggs right away and then distracting them with a choice treat (bugs, chard, bread, etc…). Mine are not always loud to vocalize that there are eggs in the nest, but sometimes, one of them will go on and on about it. If I’m home, the distraction usually works.
I did find a home for my peacock-calling hens (the Mille Fleur and Brahma bantam) because they would vocalize almost all day. They were good egg layers and not loud when doing so, but they made up for it the rest of the time.
I would also suggest that you not leave feed out at night because you are enticing vermin to enter your chicken area. Let the hens be hungry for morning when they are most active, and you might be able to silence them with their food.
I know of one person who has used one of those Audubon bird clocks which chime on the hour. They set it right inside the doorway to their little coop. The clock sounds distract the neighbors into thinking there are really chicken sounds going on, and the chicken sounds almost become part of the clock venue…lol. You’d have to turn it off at night, though.
Enjoy your chickens. There’s nothing quite as entertaining or comforting to watch.

M E March 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

I have been keeping chickens for 2 years now in a TOWHOUSE in vancouver. I have raised my girls since they were a few days old. Through trial and error I have slowly worked out systems to make keeping chickens in such a tight space work. Your best bet is to lock your girls in their inner coop compartment at night until about 9 or 10 in the morning this eliminates complaints for early morning noise. As far as when one or sometimes 2 of our hens want to get extra loud I stare at the offending hen with a death glare and point so she knows I’m focused in on her. Then if the noise persists I run outside and grab her and give her some firm but light handed smacks. The other hens just watch and when it’s been done there will be no more over the top noise from that hen for at least a day or a few even. I know there are going to be people out there who are like omg you hit your chickens you monster. Probably the same types who raise monster children and are afraid to discipline them as well. Matt E in van
“Chicken Boss”

Daisy March 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Matt E–omg you hit your chickens, you monster! 😉 *Preemptive strike*

lol, I have to laugh because for some reason I am picturing Curly doing this.

M E March 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Also forgot to mention. I never discipline for the egg or danger song or if they are upset about water or what have you. But if I’m out there and have assessed things as fine and sometimes they just want to make noise that is when you discipline. I also disciplined my hen out of eating eggs early on and also used it to break the cycle of a couple of the hens from picking on one of the gentler hens. I learned this from watching the roosters. They would keep the other hens in line and if you don’t have one that’s going to have to be your job. I have a healthy happy flock of the most beautiful birds who all love people and will come when called from over a half a block away.

Courtney April 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

My ladies are just a year old (apr ’13) and have been laying since sept ’13. Every morning at day break they squawk and scream to be let out. They’re spoiled as we built a run big enough to keep them in all the time.
I live in a residential/suburban neighborhood and I work from home. Every morning I spend the first two hours (at least) of the day distracting them from their screaming and squawking. Distractions (treats, stearn voice, drinking from the hose, etc) lasts for about 20 minutes. I have a Wyandotte, barred rock and an Easter egger. And it’s not egg song or danger call.

I’m exhausted from never sleeping in anymore and stressed about their noise as we have close neighbors. In our case, there really aren’t a lot of other noises that compete. These seem to be just loud (2 of them) ladies.

Is it really true that they get quieter with age? After a year old or a year of laying?

I love them for their eggs, compost pile working, fertilizer for our many fruit trees and lovely personalities and affection (from the barred rock) but I’m so tired of getting up before sunrise every single day and wasting 2+ hours of my morning. New homes are next but I’ve been avoiding it because I really like them 21 hours of the day.

Advice? Suggestions? Thank you!

Daisy April 25, 2014 at 8:23 am

Courtney–Hang in there. You sound exhausted. They DO get quieter after their first season as laying hens. You also get more used to hearing them and chilled out because no one seems to care. I had a neighbor one house over ask me the other day if I still had chickens. He had only ever heard them when I had a rooster for a while, and poopooed the idea that they were ever a bother. I think you will find that to be the case 99% of the time. My next door neighbor says she likes hearing the “country” sounds, comes and feeds them her scraps and talks to them through the fence. Getting to know the neighborhood really helps. Take cookies! Hope things work out for you! Convince your neighbors to have hens too and then nobody will have anything to complain about! Also, after the first year, they quit laying for the most part from Halloween to Valentine’s Day, which means they have little to squawk about. Of course that also means fewer eggs, but you still get great compost eaters, soil builders, and companions/scenery while they are being quiet.

TLC MicroFarm May 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Courtney – which of your 3 hens is the quiet one? I’m trying to figure out a quieter breed. Someone mentioned earlier that their Wyandottes are pretty quiet. My Easter Egger and BR are sooooo loud, especially now that the EE started laying last week.

Sandi June 11, 2014 at 12:07 am

Hi all, I am in the UK and have had 3 Warren chickens for a few months. They are amazing everyone loves them, got great neighbours, they are in my brick built outhouse (the chicks not the neighbours )They lay beautifully every day the most fabulous eggs, are sociable. I have a huge garden so they free range from morn till night with my rottie x watches over them. This is obviously a scene from paradise island. There’s a BUT….
They love to squawk between 6 – 8 every morning, just one of them I think, and I rush down to let them into the garden, then they’re happy to get out. I’m a considerate neighbour also. But now I think I have unwittingly trained them to do this. They like to briefly announce they’ve laid an egg, no problem with that, its the early morning hello thats the issue. I cant let them annoy the neighbours and I’m tired out, any ideas for this one? Ive read the posts on here, just not sure which would apply…first year of laying by the way, living in hope it passes maybe but think ive added to the problem by responding. Thanks in advance ….

Daisy June 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

Sandi–I’ve been there. Here’s my 2 cents: If you are in communication with your neighbors, tell them your dilemma and ask for their patience while you show the offending chicken some tough love. Take them some homemade biscuits and tell them you think if they can put up with a little early vocalization for a while that you think it will diminish over time. They will probably tell you that it hasn’t been bothering them and that you can relax and worry about other things! I love your chicken garden! Do you have somewhere I could see pictures?

Sam January 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Hi guys! I live in the country and we have 6 acres. My Hens and roos are all loud right now as it seems to be mating season for them. I know my neighbors can hear them sound travels and space really doesn’t make much difference in a wide open area. I would give them free eggs but they are the type that would never eat anything not from a store and spray their yard with toxic remuda every year. The type that move to the country only to make it look like the city. They think animals are dirty. My point is that you are gonna make your neighbors mad wherever you live and people that live anywhere can hate chickens. If you are in a small area 1-2 females is best and 1 rooster fitted with a no crow collar is about the best you can do. If it is illegal I would move.

Daisy January 23, 2015 at 8:18 am

Sam–Interesting point. There’s no escape, is there? Never heard of crow collars before!

Rodolfo February 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm

hi guys, I live in Miami fl I am planning to buy 5 hens , I am building a chicken coop very isolated inside and 3 windows with small air conditioning, after laying the eggs neighbors won’t hear the cackle of the hens, on mine days off I ‘ll allow them to walk and eat grass, insects,worm under the mulch that I make with a chipper shredder, I hope to help a little bit, don’t give up , good luck every one.

Henhouse July 3, 2016 at 5:56 am

I’ve come to this forum topic for the same reason as others…one of my Golden Lace Wyandotte 1 year old hens has become the “alpha girl” now makes awful screaming sounds each early morning bakbaba bababak BABABAAAAAAAK! multiple times very loud, enough to wait me up – probably the neighbors as well – I’m illegal. It’s not her egg song – she lays mid morning. She clearly is a crowing hen, becoming dominant. Earlier in the spring I acquired three Barnvelder pullets to add to my flock of two. I keep them in two separate pens, in sight of each other and was waiting for the pullets to get larger in size (3-4 months old) before blending them together. Things were fine, the dominant hen and her sister would watch the pullets intently, a little clucking, laying eggs. The pullets have shot up to a more mature size within the last week or two and I think the Wyandotte hen is staking her ground. Yesterday I was shocked to hear one of the Barnvelders screaming back the same song, albeit a shorter quieter version. This may seem counter intuitive, but I’m thinking that blending the hens together will resolve the issue where the Wyandotte hen can exert her seniority on the pecking order and things will get on. So I think what folks are writing about is a dominant hen who has taken the the head position in the flock – much like a rooster would.

Daisy July 3, 2016 at 6:38 am

Henhouse–The chicken coop is quite the stage for some drama, isn’t it? I think your plan just might work! Please let us know how things turn out.

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