My Australorp is pretty quiet most of the time. She's opinionated, but she's not very noisy. She's not much of a bully either, only gets a little grouchy at the babies when they try to eat near her but she's getting used to them. Maybe it depends how many of a certain breed one has? I have a small flock and only one Australorp. (One RIR, one EE, and five too young to lay yet: a leghorn, two buttercups, and two fayoumis. I had a leghorn before and she was a bully, would pull feathers and peck feet and once she pecked a toenail right off my poor Easter Egger who doesn't defend herself at ALL.)
Though I will say that I agree with you on the egg production. She was 23 weeks old before I got an egg from her in late July and she laid daily until early November and the first hint of the days getting shorter and then nothing. I haven't seen an egg from that chicken in weeks already. And then suddenly she went into a mini-molt, literally in the course of a few hours. She had all her feathers when I left for work, and wen I returned 8 hours later no tail feathers and no back neck feathers on the chicken - they were all in a pile in the coop. I doubt I'll see an egg from her for a while still!
Edited by HennaRose - 12/26/15 at 5:18am