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Extremely frustrated with LOUD chicken

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This is an issue that has been ongoinging for a very long time, but recently it's been getting worse.

I have an Old English Game bantam (At least thats what I think) named Pepsi, and even though she's small, she makes the loudest, most aggravating noise in the history of chickens making noise. Every evening, before the flock goes to bed, Pepsi begins shrieking nonstop. Its like a drawn out cackling scream.

Its absolute torture to listen to her every night while I'm trying to enjoy dinner, but what I'm worried about is my neighbors are bound to complain soon, as I live in the suburbs with neighbors that share a fence. I can't upset my neighbors, or I could lose my hens.

It got so bad tonight that I actually had to take her inside my house until she calmed down.

Does anyone know why she is so loud, or what I can do to stop it?

Extra info (just in case):
She is 20 weeks old
She doesn't sleep in the coop; instead she nests on my wisteria arbor.
I have a flock of five including Pepsi; three younger large-fowl and one bantam. Pepsi only really associates with the other bantam, which was her hatch mate and basically sister; they don't mix much with the younger large-fowl.
Edited by Picklesquidly - 9/22/15 at 5:47pm

 

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She may be doing it as a breed specific type of thing.  I'm not familiar with that breed, so I don't know for sure.  Perhaps separating her for a few days might break the habit.  If it's getting worse, it just might be a habit she's picked up and is now perfecting.  Does the sister bird do it?  I'd try the separation thing for about a week and see if that helps.

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None of the other birds make as much noise as she does; they're virtually silent compared to Pepsi.  For the separation thing; should I keep her inside a separate coop?  I don't have any runs.

 

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Well, I was thinking that if she were completely away from the other chickens, then it might break her of the habit.  I'm not sure of how you are set up, but if she is broken from the screeching, then you shouldn't have any problems over it with your neighbors.  If she's the only one, it makes me think that she's just picked the habit up somehow, and breaking the habit would be the way to go.

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post #5 of 6

If you can figure out how to break that habit I would love to know! I have a 6 month old GLW who sounds like she's dying a slow death every day!!!

 

I too am waiting for my neighbors to complain!

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I have 2, Eggs and Bacon (3 y/o named them). Bacon does it every now and then but eggs does it the most all through out the day. They were a birtbday gift from my husband. They arent aggressive or mean but run away when ever you get close. The noise however.... Not a fan!
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