I already know I'm going to get some comments from people who disagree with my methods, but here goes: My chickens are too loud. I spent over $100 to make them a new automatic door thinking that would solve the problem, but they are still making a racket in the morning. This is a big deal because I don't want to upset my neighbors that like to sleep in and whose open windows are only about 30 feet from the coop. My experiment is to try to pair a negative stimulus with their loud bawking to see if I can cause the behavior to become extinct. Since, in my experience, chickens are very hard-wired to act the way that they do, I am assuming that I will have to apply the negative consequences over long periods of time to get the desired result and probably have to repeat in the future. I'm also thinking about pairing a distinct sound or color with the stimulus so that in the future that sound or color can elicit the same automatic response. Ideally someone would make a shock collar or something for chickens so it could be applied immediately and with minimal effort on my part, but alas, they have not. So this morning I started by shooting the offending chicken in the butt with my bb gun. Mind you it was just with one pump, so it won't break the skin or anything. It initially had the desired effect and the offending chicken was quiet after two rounds. My wife was supposed to keep it up when I went to work, but she didn't know how to turn off the safety so she used a super-soaker instead which also had the desired effect. On a side note, initially I tried putting a kids's sprinkler that shoots water in all directions in the middle of the run and thought I could just turn it on when they got noisy. They just ran to the other side of the run and kept on being noisy. I also figured that I would want the stimulus to be paired with the right chicken and not with all of them. I shall keep you updated on whether or not this has any noticeable effect over the course of time. Anybody else ever tried anything like this? I'd rather use positive reinforcement, but I don't think feeding a quiet chicken will make the connection I'm looking for. Anything I can do to make the experiment more scientific?