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How to quiet a very obnoxious hen

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I have 6 RIReds who are great pets and egg layers and are spoiled rotten....One girl, we call Loudy, because she has always had a lot to say....but I do live in town and don't want to annoy the neighbors...She fusses loudly constantly....even when she is outside walking around she's verbal...She went broody on me once, and while we were working with her to stop nesting she was very quiet and it was very peaceful in the hen house....any ideas? They have a coop and are let out to free roam the yard several times a day.....I hate to think of getting rid of her just to keep it quiet as she has such a personality....but I would hate to loose them all because of her big beak!

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I don't have any tips for you, but I feel your pain.  We had to get rid of my 10-year-old daughter's cayuga duck because it was too loud.  But she agreed that we would rather rehome one duck than have animal control called on all of our chickens.  The yard got a lot quieter, and the duck still went to a good home out of town.

Chickens: faverolles, australorps, Delaware, barred rock, welsummer, silver laced wyandotte, lavender and buff x wheaten ameraucanas, BLRW, blue and splash andalusian, cochin, exchequer leghorn, silkie, brabanter, minorca, turken, RIR, brahma, speckled sussex...Ducks: two welsh harlequins, two blue swedish...  Two dogs, a snake, two parents and two kids... and food gardens everywhere else. 

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Chickens: faverolles, australorps, Delaware, barred rock, welsummer, silver laced wyandotte, lavender and buff x wheaten ameraucanas, BLRW, blue and splash andalusian, cochin, exchequer leghorn, silkie, brabanter, minorca, turken, RIR, brahma, speckled sussex...Ducks: two welsh harlequins, two blue swedish...  Two dogs, a snake, two parents and two kids... and food gardens everywhere else. 

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post #3 of 8

I posted about the same problem today!  We have one girl that is just a jabberwocky and she is loud! The family jokes that she is the one we will throw to the coyotes if the need ever arises!  I would love to hear of a solution, but my post has only received others, like you with the same misery.

post #4 of 8

I don't think there is anything you can do besides re-homing her or having a chicken dinner.

post #5 of 8

Check w/ the neighbors first. 

 

My girls can be absurdly rowdy but my neighbor loves the sound of "all things barnyard" so I don't have to worry. 

 

Plus, eggs. Eggs go a long way to soothing a neighbor's eardrums. 

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thank you all......

post #7 of 8

For a temporary fix you can whistle just loud enough for her to hear for as long as you can.  Keep doing that and they'll shut up for a while.  I usually do this when my hens see something scary and are yelling about it, but if she is just loud she may need to go to a new home.
 

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Same problem I am having(x7). Anyone come up with a solution besides chopping their heads off? They are good layers but squack all day. I would rather eat them when they do not lay any longer. Im going to try a no crow collar on them for now.

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