Originally Posted by Pecked2Death
I have a friend with a neighbour just looking for a reason to call the police on him. He wants to have some chickens next year - he is within city limits, so wants to get the quietest breed he can. I know that my RIR are very chatty girls and loud when it comes to laying - thay make noise for at least an hour during the wanting to and laying and after laying process.
Suggestions welcome - ans very much appreciated.
Well obviously stay away from a rooster. If chickens are allowed by law, the neighbor can complain, but usually has to prove the birds are a nuisance. Silkies are generally pretty quiet...as are orpingtons. I've also heard people say their EE's and Australorps are pretty quiet. Most chickens are going to have an "I laid an egg" song that is going to be on the loud side. Keeping just a few birds lessens the noise as well. 2 birds are going to have less to squabble and make noise about than 5 birds....or 10 birds....etc.
The good thing about silkies is that most people don't actually know they are chickens at first glance. A nosy neighbor poking his head over the fence might see an animal, but it isn't apparent that it is a chicken. I've heard people refer to their "african land parrots" before. For some reason, seeing a "chicken" automatically puts some people on edge.