I used to have 3 very quiet EEs. Most of their sounds were the intermittant quiet clucking, or more often what I would call an equally quiet growling/gutteral noise. About two weeks ago that all changed. My pullet, Touhou, began making a chorus of "bok bok bok BAGOK!" which was very loud. I ran out to see what was the matter. Nothing. I was thinking that might have been the egg song. About 2 weeks later, I did find her first egg in the middle of the coop floor (assuming it's hers since she's been doing all the yelling). Now my 2nd pullet, Chickie, (who I think is also gearing up to lay) is joining in on the loud "bok bok BAGOKKING!" One will start, then the other will join in as if it were a competition on who's the loudest. My third pullet--and late bloomer, Fluffy--just watches from the sidelines, or contributes her quiet gutteral noises. They are all 5 months old. I thought the loud chicken talk was the egg song, but the two girls have been getting into it frequently over the last 5 hours, and I bet people can hear them all the way down the street! I'm trying to run a discreet chicken operation here as they are "illegal". I never knew the girls could be so loud. Oh, and there were no predators around during the bokking frenzy and the girls enjoy a 1/2 acre fully 6ft fenced yard to free-range in all day, in which the only danger is the occasional hawk passing through. I don't mind the celebratory song when an egg is being laid, but if they keep this up all day, they are going to blow their cover and irritate the neighbors. I should also mention that they quiet down once I go outside to investigate the commotion, and then all clamour to be held or brought indoors for treats and cuddling. Are they just turning into demanding little divas? Is this what I'll have to put up with for the pleasure of an egg or two a day? I love being out with the girls....except not so much when it's snowing, windy, freezing, etc. They'll just have to do with a little less human companionship until spring!