Ok, my little girls are about to drive me CRAZY! This is my first crack at Rhode Island reds, and they are much louder than the Red Stars I'm accustomed to. As you can imagine, they make dozens of different noises, but there are two noises in particular that might make neighbors start complaining. The first is a barking sort of a cluck. When they do it, they'll do it every 5 seconds or so (it's very rhythmic) for about 10 minutes, or until I swing open the back door to distract them. The second noise is a more irregular kind of WAAAAAAAAAAAAAH noise that almost sounds like a goat. They seem to do it more whenever I'm in the back yard, but they've gotten to the point where I can hear them doing it from inside the house. I'd like to get your opinions about why they are making those noises, and what I can do to stop it before I get in trouble with the law. The only thing I can think to do is put socks in their mouths, but then they wouldn't be able to eat.. But seriously, I may have to give them away and get more red stars or something, which would be sad since I raised them from one day old. That brings me to another question for this thread: what breeds of egg-laying chickens are the quietest? Thanks!