I live in a city and have 4 ~14 month old hens (3 buffs and one that I'm pretty sure is a RIR), and all of them are very calm and friendly. All the hens will run up to me when I go outside and will allow me to pick them up and hold them. All of them are virtually silent except for the largest buff and second in command to the RIR. The two are very bonded and Nell has a habit of standing outside the roost clucking like a lost chicken (cluck, cluck, PECKAW) when the RIR is in a nesting box (which can be for 20 minutes at a time) and this is usually around 8-9am.
It's gotten so bad that I started keeping a box near the back door to put her in every time she starts up, and the other hens are dead silent as long as she is in the box. Sometimes I just see her out in the yard clucking loudly because she got distracted by a worm and lost sight of the other hens, but this is usually short-lived. She also seems to 'talk' to us whenever we go outside, but it's the continuous clucking that is a problem.
Today I was woken up an hour before sunrise by a clucking chicken and sure enough there she was on the ramp to the roost with two other hens sticking their heads out looking at her. I opened the coop door, but she didn't want out, so into the box she went and the others went back to sleep. I didn't see any signs of predators and the motion lights were all off.
Is there anything I can do to quiet her? I tried bringing her in one night, but the RIR made a fuss in the morning looking for her (the only time the RIR has ever been loud). I would rather not get rid of this chicken, but I'll have to if she doesn't start being quiet, and just hope the RIR adjusts quickly instead of taking her place.
Edited by billygoat162 - 5/3/16 at 11:58am