Help my neighbor said my chickens are being loud :(


Free Ranging
Mar 20, 2017
Is there a way I can get them to lay at a better time they would be shut in the coop? Idk they have weird egg laying schedules. Sometimes in the AM some times at noon today at 4:00/5 at night when everyone is home trying to enjoy dinner 🙄

Eggs usually take a bit more than 24 hours to form, and hens usually do not lay in the dark.

So a hen may lay at sunup one day, lunchtime the next day, and dinnertime the next. Then she skips a day and starts the cycle over again.

Some hens do more days in a row before they skip a day, and a few rare ones seem to manage the same time every day. And of course they have to lay an egg while they're on the roost at night sometimes, just to keep us guessing ;)

But no, I can't think of a way to keep their egg laying at a consistent time.

I've never heard of anyone training a chicken not to be noisy. But if you give them treats when they are noisy (so they will be quiet and eat), they will learn to make noise MORE often, because they want more treats :rolleyes: So you probably don't want to try that.

If you're sure the same one tends to start the noise, you could try what other people have suggested: finding her a new home.

The Moonshiner

Professional Chicken Tender
Nov 17, 2016
I'd also remove the problem hen and asap. I don't know about MI this time of year but I'd imagine you wouldn't be planting any shrubs anytime soon.
Also don't believe drowning out the noise by bringing in something noisier would be a wise choice to get around a noise ordinance.
Afraid you sitting around making plans you'll end up being forced to rehome them all.


Free Ranging
Mar 19, 2020
South-Eastern Montana
Why would you process a hen ): they already are exhausted from egg production they desserve a break );
Because that's how the world works sometimes. Not everyone can just give away animals that cost money, and it's likely either get rid of the screamer or get rid of all of the birds


Scarborough Fair
Premium Feather Member
Jul 3, 2016
WA, Pac NW
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Also do you live in neighborhood if you don't live in a community she has no right to complain because you live in a private property. Also if she has a problems she can move out.

OP already stated she has noise regulations. The neighbor is allowed to ask for the chickens to be quieter if that's the case.

No one is going to pay their neighbor to move out because they don't like the noise. It's just as unreasonable as if the neighbor were to expect you to move out for the same reason.

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