From what I had read in my research on chickens, before I got my Silkies, my understanding was that as prey animals, chickens are usually quiet, other than the occasional sound from laying an egg or alarming other chickens of a predator/danger. That has not been the case with the Silkies that I have. I had ordered 6 Silkie chicks, one of which turned out to be a rooster and I had to re-home. The remaining 5 hens have laid eggs, and gone in & out of broodiness many times, as was noted about this breed. What I did not expect was loud squawking that won't cease, and honking like geese, early in the morning, sometimes before the sun has complete risen. My husband is completely annoyed at this behavior, and we worry it will bother neighbors. The chickens are allowed free run of the backyard during the day, so they are not confined to their run. They are free to peck at the weeds and veggies growing in the yard, and to scratch up soil that I did not cover properly. I check for eggs constantly when they are squawking. Sometimes there's an egg, many times there aren't. It would seem they are announcing before and after laying. I also check for predators. Rarely, there is a cat walking by on the fence or a bird flying by in the sky, but usually, there are no visible threats around. Does anyone have any ideas on calming their vocals? If not, I may have to end up re-homing them, as waking my family up at 6am each morning is one thing, but becoming a nuisance to the neighborhood is another. Thank you very much for your time.