A few weeks ago I purchased two 9 month old laying hens. They are laying well, both are very sweet and seem to like me. Also, both are laying. The problem I have is that the Barred Rock is as loud as a rooster (I have backyard chickens)--if not louder at times, and she goes on for hours. A friend of mine who has raised chickens for years has never experienced a hen doing this, and when I was a kid I don't remember anything like it, so I need some advice. She seems to be the guardian of the other hen too. She bawks right along with the RIR as she is laying too. I'm not sure if she just rules the roost or if she could have a problem. Oh, and I'm not talking about the typical loud bawking when they're ready to lay or after they lay. This is ongoing at times like a dog barking--for hours. Sometimes it is intermixed with a screeching noise like a parrot, and some grumbling and yapping sounds. The volume is incredible. We have an insulated, well made coop, and you can still hear her in the neighborhood when I put her inside. Sometimes she only does it for a little while, but some days (like today) she is relentless. She appears healthy and allows me to go right to her and pick her up. She eats her layers feed, oyster shell, and my fresh lettuce and watermelon. She also free ranges and eats bugs and worms around my yard. In other words, all seems well healthwise. Any thoughts?