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I'm wanting to get a few chickens to help with bug control in the garden and provide a few eggs as well.   But, I live in town and while we are allowed to have them I have neighbors very close by with one of them being a bit of a jerk.  I'm looking for information on a breed that is not very vocal (if one exist).

post #2 of 33

If your neighbor is a jerk, and it is lawful to have them, you need a flock of guinea's!  lol  Seriously though, if you want quiet chickens, just get hens with no roosters.  Good luck!

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post #3 of 33

We have Buff Orp, Barred Rock and Rhode Island Red pullets. When they started to lay, they really made a lot of noise doing the "I laid an egg" song.  It is really surprising how much noise then can make announcing an egg. Since they have been laying about 3 months now they are not as noisy. Luckily, we live in the woods with no near neighbors so noise isn't an issue. The good news is the girls don't lay eggs at night so they only "sing" during daylight hours.

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post #4 of 33

there are supposed to be some chickens quieter than others but like ga chicken mom said they talk a lot about the eggs they have layed.

Bantams are quieter than large chickens but they lay smaller eggs. I think buff orpingtons are pretty good, they seem fairly calm and easy going. I got a chart that says Mille Fleur D'Uccles are quiet but everytime I go near mine, the boys "shreek" bloody murder and the hens sound like a radio that is not tuned in properly. Cochins are supposed to be pretty good but mine "talk and cackle" a lot. I havent had brahmas or Favorelles but they might be good choices because they are supposed to be more friendly to people.

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post #5 of 33

I have a mixed flock: Australorp, Jersey Giant, light brahma, Americana and the quietest, by far is the Americana. Docile to the point that you can walk up and pick her up whenever you want.  No squawking or cackling.  If I were starting over from scratch, I'd get Americanas and Australorps.  The docility (is that a word?) of the Americana comes in handy if you need to examine or medicate.  Sometimes, I just go out back and pick up my Americana, sit down and pet her and talk to her.  Of course, I sit where the neighbors can't see me.

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One breed that I will avoid in the future  in terms of being loud is the standard  sized Silver Laced Wyandotte. My experience with those girls is that they are very loud and mouthy. Mine have also been pretty skittish as comapred to the rest of my flock.
The SLWs follow me around the yard and gossip about what everyone is doing. One of them screeches constantly! Actually, now that I think about it, my bantam SLW gets really into eggs and has a very loud egg song, too!

Other than that, I would say my buff orpington is very steady, as well as my bantam brahmas, silkies and cuckoo maran.

Good luck!

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post #7 of 33

I'd say my quietest girl is my Blue Ameraucana, Charlotte. She's quite the love-bug, too, always wanting to be picked up and held. Next would be my Buff Orps, I guess.

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post #8 of 33

my quietest is my ameracauna, closely followed by my birchen cochin bantam hen. She doesn't even cluck, she "peeps" like a chick.

1 Australorp,  1 Silver Gray Dorking, 1 Buff laced Polish, 1 Ameracauna, 1 White Crested black Polish, 1 Birchen Cochin bantam, 1 blue cochin, 1 golden polish. 4 horses, 1 dog, 2 cats and one husband.
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1 Australorp,  1 Silver Gray Dorking, 1 Buff laced Polish, 1 Ameracauna, 1 White Crested black Polish, 1 Birchen Cochin bantam, 1 blue cochin, 1 golden polish. 4 horses, 1 dog, 2 cats and one husband.
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post #9 of 33

I love their announcements when they've laid an egg, and I don't think they are too loud at all!

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2 rir's, 1 silver & 1 gold wyandotte, 2 buff & 1 black bantam cochins, 1 buff orp, 2 easter eggers, 1 bantam silkie mix, 1 maine coon cat, 2 DSs, a VERY patient DH and the newest addition is a munchkin Boston Terrier!!!
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Eat dessert first, after all life is uncertain!
2 rir's, 1 silver & 1 gold wyandotte, 2 buff & 1 black bantam cochins, 1 buff orp, 2 easter eggers, 1 bantam silkie mix, 1 maine coon cat, 2 DSs, a VERY patient DH and the newest addition is a munchkin Boston Terrier!!!
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post #10 of 33

CoopD'Etat :

One breed that I will avoid in the future  in terms of being loud is the standard  sized Silver Laced Wyandotte. My experience with those girls is that they are very loud and mouthy. Mine have also been pretty skittish as comapred to the rest of my flock.
The SLWs follow me around the yard and gossip about what everyone is doing. One of them screeches constantly! Actually, now that I think about it, my bantam SLW gets really into eggs and has a very loud egg song, too!

Other than that, I would say my buff orpington is very steady, as well as my bantam brahmas, silkies and cuckoo maran.

Good luck!


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My Red Stars are very quiet compared to my Wyandottes.  'Course, none have started laying yet......tongue

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4 kids between us, 1 German Shepherd, 1 Maine Coon cat, Grammy to a Doberman, 1 finch, 1 BOxGLW hen, 10 gold sex-link hens, a BR rooster (thanks to ellymae) and probably more to come!
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