Hens Behavior

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by cmcgoun, May 29, 2008.

  1. cmcgoun

    cmcgoun Songster

    Do hens make a lot of noise? I am getting them in an area where they aren't allowed. And how often do they make noise?
  2. Red

    Red Songster

    Mar 17, 2007
    They make a fair amount of noise, but most of the time i wouldn't say it's too loud.

    They chatter to themselves throughout the day, and warble about this and that, but that's not too bad. When they lay an egg most hens are very proud and like to yell about it - Penny, my BSL, yells for about ten minutes or so until i go shut her up with grapes! I think that's the nosiest my girls are, after they've laid an egg!

    They'll also make a pretty loud series of cluck when they spot danger (could be anything from a cat to somebody carrying a pair of ladders), but my girls aren't too noisy at all.

    Hope this helps [​IMG]
  3. PeepMePosted

    PeepMePosted Chirping

    May 28, 2008
    Altadena, CA
    Are they making the noise only when they see you or can you hear them all the time?
  4. chickenwoods

    chickenwoods Songster

    Apr 29, 2007
    I like to think a loud hen is a happy hen,
    Mine are VERY loud from 9:00 am- about 2:00 pm.thats when mine do thier egg laying calls.even a hanful of hens bawking about laying an egg is loud..Most of the time i have no more than 6 at a time thinking/trying to lay an egg. and at the back of my property(1/2 mile) i can still hear them, and some city slickers would think its annoying.

    But in town no one would probly ever know with all the smog,pollutant and noise.already there,, having chickens would make the city that much better!!forgive me-:|[​IMG]
  5. Red

    Red Songster

    Mar 17, 2007
    They will call louder if they can see me - even if i'm inside the house and they see me through a window i can hear them yelling at me. That usually stops pretty soon though, it's the 'big Big BIG EGG!!' call that makes me want to put my fingers in my ears [​IMG]
  6. NoSpringChick

    NoSpringChick Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    SE PA
    I love their quiet chatter...but sometimes when they've laid they want to tell you about it. It's not as annoying as a Rooster's Crow!

    I would imagine that a city person wouldn't know what the sound it though.
  7. hdchic

    hdchic Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    My girls chatter during the day, and especially when they see me out and about. When they are laying...look out! They whole neighborhood knows! Even my roos cheer them on, like a 'labor coach'!![​IMG]

    Also, my roos get me up every morning...I know I'm late letting them out when I can hear the boys![​IMG]

    But of course, I live in the country, so nobody is bothered![​IMG]
  8. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    My girls chatter all day long and when laying an egg, I can hear them from quite a distance. When 2 or more are laying about the same time.....oh my, the loud "squeals and whoops" are rather unbelievable. With 18 pullets and hens......pretty much all day long I can hear them. I think it would be very difficult to hide chickens.

  9. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * Mine is noisiest when she is "in labor" with an egg. The rest of the time she's pretty quiet. I imagine it's because she's an only hen and the neighborhood is pretty quiet, too. In FL, though, people's a/c units cover a lot of the noise and few people keep windows open because of a/c. ED: OH, she REALLY HATES landscaping equipment noise, blowers and mowers, etc. and she'll make a heck of a racket then!!!!
    Last edited: May 30, 2008

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