We have 4 little hens in a tractor in our back yard (residential - 5,000 sq ft lot size). Every morning at dawn they begin this screeching routine and it is as if they are trying to out-do each other! It is really, really loud, and really terrible. I had no idea that hens could be so loud. It isn't the "bok bok baGAWK" (they do that too periodically) but more of a high pitched whining screech like we have a flock of pterodactyls! It stops if we go out there and give them treats or wave a towel or stick at them, but then usually starts up again in a few minutes. Then, around 8 or 9 a.m. they generally stop and only do it when they see us.
We are sure that they are spoiled and are begging for morning treats, but we haven't been able to wean them from the behavior.
We have had them for 4 years, and it seems as if they are getting louder every year. We have been lucky that the houses on either side and behind us are rentals, and renters turn over frequently and don't complain.
We're probably going to have to give them away because the noise has become so intolerable.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has this problem and if so, if you found a solution!!
I'm also wondering if we replace them with another small flock someday, if there is a breed that is known to be quieter than average?