Are they noisy when they're ready to lay?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by whytedragon, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. whytedragon

    whytedragon Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    Floresville, Texas
    I've got a RIR that has been bawking all morning, I'm in the city, so I've been trying to keep her quiet...but to no avail. I figure she's got an egg to lay, since nothing else has worked. I let her forage the yard for awhile, she came back bawking again...getting the others all riled up. I put her in the garage alone with a nestbox.
    Hope this shuts her up, lol.

    I know chickens can be noisy, especially when an egg is laid, but are they generally noisier when they're getting ready to lay? She's being VERY noisy!
  2. chick4chix

    chick4chix Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    So Cal
    I have a loud mouth girl too- an EE and she was loud weeks before she laid her first egg. The SLW lays her egg in total silence both before and after- never makes a peep.
    I am also in the city- so I found that if I save up "treats" (keep a bowl on my counter) and when she goes off on one of her bawking rampages- I go out and put whatever it is in their pen she shuts up because she's too busy eating. It can be leftovers from the night before- or cuttings from the vegetable garden- or cantaloupe and apple peels- just about anything to eat gets her off her chatty mode. Good luck [​IMG]
  3. whytedragon

    whytedragon Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    Floresville, Texas
    I'm going out to buy a watermelon, lol.
    I won't have a garden until Spring.

    Putting her in the garage has helped, she's shut up. It's not that i'm not allowed to have them, just that I would think the neighbors won't appreciate a loud mouthed chicken. The neighbor next to me does not mind, but the one next to her is a PITA and complains about everything. Think I'll go over and give her a dozen eggs today, lol.

    This girl laid an egg 2 days ago, so I'd think she might be ready for another. So far nothing though.
  4. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    They practice the noise before they start laying some times. This might go on for a week or better. lol. But yeah, they get noisy when they lay, or are about to.
  5. Eggie and Me

    Eggie and Me Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    Southern California
    YES! [​IMG] We only have 7 4 RIR's and 3 BR's. It's great, they're my new alarm clock. Just wish I was as disciplined as they are, and go to bed/coop when I'm tired. [​IMG] Regardless! [​IMG]
  6. whytedragon

    whytedragon Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    Floresville, Texas
    My Barred Rocks are laying, but aren't nearly as noisy as this girl. They're bawking, but not no one can really hear it. Are the RIR's generally louder?

    I've got one Barred Rock that keeps coming and going from the nestbox...
  7. whytedragon

    whytedragon Songster

    Sep 27, 2009
    Floresville, Texas
    No wonder, she laid a gi-normous egg! lol.
  8. SC_Hugh

    SC_Hugh Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Santa Cruz, CA
    That didn't take long, congrats!
  9. muell112

    muell112 Songster

    Feb 4, 2009
    Bangor, ME
    My buff orpington was extremely noisy the first couple of times she laid an egg. She seems to have chilled out after a couple.
  10. MrsChickendad

    MrsChickendad Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    Lennon, Michigan
    I bet it smarts a bit, going thru "childbirth" every day! And the new layers have to get those pubic bones spread apart to let the egg pass. OUCH!

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