To Teila ....
Originally Posted by cwrite
Teila, I really feel for you with the early morning noise issues. We went through hell with that and have mostly resolved it. My two cents for our situation was that I learned to NEVER feed them in the morning. All their treats, grazing time and anything else has to happen late afternoon. Week-ends are more problematic because I'm more conscious of them waking others up and they know that - if I'm home alone they know shoutiing doesn't help. If the kids or hubby are home, they try their luck & someone is more likely to give in. When they do complain, it doesn't last as long though. It took me ages to move them to afternoon stuff and it was very painful for everyone. I still can't believe my neighbours never complained to the council.
I have to agree with cwrite here ... but then I have never had the problem of quietening fractious chickens in the early a.m..
I leave plenty of their layer pellets in their coops overnight - so that they can have a feast in the morning ( if they wish ). Water is changed each night, and they are set for the morning.
Anything extra ( free ranging, rice mix plus goodies, greens, scratch mix, kitchen scraps chopped up etc. ) all happens after 1 pm. I often let them out late in the morning, but never show my face until then - as they will try to tear down the wire in the door if I appear. !! Hubby, if he is home early will let them out earlier than I will.
My rationale is that while they remain in the morning, in their coops - they will eat, drink to their own needs - lay an egg or two maybe -- and generally behave themselves.
Mornings are like a dose of marry-i-joo-ana to chickens. ( didn't dare type the proper name for weed there !! ) It's when they are at their loudest, most cheerful, full of energy ... preparing for the day. Which I guess is why roosters crow early in the a.m. too. ( only a guess on my part for that ).
I honestly have noticed that when hubby appears and lets them out around 8 am ... they become quite vocal ... but they are 'quiet' vocal. ( except for Mindy who crows and shrieks on occasions at any time of the day - I think she just freaks out because she can !! ).
If you have any more problems ( and I hope you don't Teila ) .... try moving them 'around the clock' a bit - change their routines.
cwrite .... I deliberately left out the bit about snakes here. !! They frighten me, but only for my chickens and my dog Miss Ruby. Not for me.
I deal with a snake in a most inappropriate manner ... ( against the law in fact ) ... will just leave it at that !!
Cheers all --------
Edited by Anniebee - 2/15/16 at 3:19am