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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by silkieaddictIN, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. silkieaddictIN

    silkieaddictIN Chirping

    Jul 17, 2014
    Ok....so let's just say someone I know is moving to town..where no chickens are allowed.... and they want to keep 8 in town. They have at least 50'-70' between neighbors on 3 sides.....

    They are building a privacy fence first.
    But, they need ideas on how to keep city chickens....well...hidden.

    Any coop designs that help with egg song noise or that if someone looked over the fence, it'd just look like a normal yard type thingy?

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    One suggestion is shade cloth and lots of foliage, including evergreen stuff.


    The egg song isn't really that loud.
    My 2 closest neighbors didn't know I had chickens till I told them - and I have roosters.

    One day I was thinking how loud the egg song was and then someone across the street started a lawnmower and it drown out the chickens.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  3. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    If your "Friend" ends up with some birds like I have, he can forget about his neighbors not knowing he has chickens. I have a few that are very loud at egg laying time. And sometimes, it's more than one at a time, doing the squalking. Now maybe the coop could be insulated to keep in the noise. But, I have other birds that just like to make noise. They go around the yard just squalking, and chattering, seemingly just to hear themselves talk. Goodluck with a secret chicken coop.
  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    Good luck with plan "A".

    I would come clean with your next door neighbours first and check the climate before I undertook such a venture. Telling them there are no roosters involved.

    If you decide against this advise I would have plan "B" in the works for when you are forced to get rid of your birds.


    You could get a breed that does not resemble a standard chicken might be your best route (here is just one example of a silkie breed) then call them angora toucans if ever questioned what they are.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2014
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    My hens can make noises just as loud as my rooster........and they do it for more accumulated time than the rooster thruout the day.
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Songster

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    My hens also make more noise than my roosters. They even make the egg song without laying an egg.

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