Ever since one of my hens started laying (about 2 weeks ago), both of my previously-quiet hens are very loud in the morning. I keep them in an 8' tractor at night, and then release them into a 10x20' pen during the daytime (and our open backyard when we are home). As soon as first light hits, the hens are no longer content to be in the tractor. Both of them screech as if there is a predator (buk buk buk BAAAACAAWWWW!!) until I run outside in my bathrobe. This morning, even letting them out didn't stop the 6am screeching. I am really worried over this, as we have neighbors in very close proximity who are definitely being woken up. These girls are as loud as my rooster was (he lives elsewhere now). Should I maybe just leave them out 24/7 in the larger open pen (they put themselves into their nesting boxes at night)? They would be far more vulnerable to predators, but I think I've done as best I can to secure the area. Ugh. I am going to give myself an ulcer here! Thanks for the help!