Are Hens to loud?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dbusher, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. cyrixlord

    cyrixlord Songster

    May 25, 2008
    Monroe, wa
    I have 2 Australorp hens right smack in the middle of my housing area, surrounded by houses. my neighbors house is a mere 10 feet from my coop.

    at 7:30-8:00 am every morning for 20 seconds one of my hens (aptly named 'the noisy one') bokbokbokBAAAWKs her fool head off.

    then shes done.

    unless something new is in the yard or the neighbors yard. then they become my watchhens.

    Interestingly enough, my girls do not make noise when they lay an egg. They will make some sort of ruckus when they can't find one another, however.

    Regardless, even at their loudest, they are not as loud as my 3 dogs, or my neighbors dogs.

    they DO stand out in the crowd, however when they do make their racket.

    I do enjoy their many other soft noises, however, cooing, cackling, purring. but if they make a loud noise after 8, I know something's wrong. Even my dogs will storm out to investigate.

    hope it helps!
  2. dbusher

    dbusher In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2008
    Thanks so much to everyone for your responses. We are off to learn how to build a coop and run now! and learn more of course.
  3. catlikethief

    catlikethief In the Brooder

    May 13, 2008
    Portland OR
    My chickens are so loud first thing in the morning. It's like their way of bullying me into letting them out of the coop, and if not they will make sure every one of our neighbors wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.
    All seven of them cackle and bock the second the sun comes up and it's not to announce an egg, oh no because they don't lay until 2-3pm.
    It's a serious problem for us right now. We're even contemplating getting rid of some of them in hopes it will lessen the noise.

    I feel bad for my neighbors, Okay maybe only one of them [​IMG]

    There are chickens that live in our neighborhood that are so quiet, I'm rather jealous.
  4. chilisweet

    chilisweet Songster

    Jun 17, 2008
    Vancouver, WA
    I think it also has to do with what breed you are getting? Out of all of our birds, the one we never hear a peep from is our Buff Orpington. Never!

    Our barred rocks, wyandottes, EE's and sexlinks on the other hand make way to much noise! Lately our barred rock Boots has been yapping all day long for no apparent reason, and I have to go outside to make her hush!! lol

    Get 2 Buff Orpingtons, they are super sweet, lay big brown eggs and have super fluffy butts! [​IMG]

  5. AngieChick

    AngieChick Poultry Elitist

    Quote:Is that what I've been hearing every morning!? [​IMG]

    My birds do talk, but they aren't terribly loud. Once in awhile they do squawk pretty loud, but they are certainly quieter than dogs are.
  6. Reinbeau

    Reinbeau The Teapot Underground

    Quote:I have to say, mine may be making noise, but with an insulated coop, we really can't hear them. With the windows open we can, but early on before I've opened the coop up we can't. Lucky neighbors! [​IMG]
  7. blueskylen

    blueskylen Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    the hens are definitely not as loud as the rooster - and he does crow a lot, but they can be quite noisy. it seems like they all want the same nest ( even tho there are 6 nests to 11 layers) and get quite loud arguing over it.

    but they are all very quiet at about dark until daylight.
  8. catlikethief

    catlikethief In the Brooder

    May 13, 2008
    Portland OR
    Quote:We bought a new coop last week that has four solid walls, the one they have now has only hardware cloth. I'm hoping this will block the noise.
  9. lizard7

    lizard7 In the Brooder

    May 14, 2008
    I have a hen that squawks like a maniac! The first time I heard her do that (at dawn) I went flying out of the house with a broom thinking something was after her. False alarm, I think she just wanted out. Now that I have added 2 more to the coop she doesn't do it as much. Still it is a bit loud when she does. Sometimes I think she is part roo!
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I can be headed out to the coop and all the chickens will be extremely quiet until they hear me open the garden gate, then they all start hollering to be let out. If I surprise them by going around to the window at the back of the coop first, I see them all standing by the door. When they see me at the back window, they do an about face and run to the window and start the hollering again. Funny thing is, my roosters don't take part in this "let us out!" noise. I guess the hens are making enough racket by themselves.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: