How do I stop the Egg Song?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SCOUT123, Jun 14, 2016.

  1. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2014
    San Jose, CA
    Every day, my chickens start singing the egg song at 6:30 AM. My mom lets them out, they shut up, and one of them goes to lay an egg - but when the other one needs to lay, the start screaming again. My parents won't let me keep them if they continue to be this loud; how do I get them to stop? (after they lay they're quiet again, but one of them lays really early in the morning when nobody is up)
    Oh, and we live in the city where hens are legal, but we're afraid that the neighbors will complain.
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2016
  2. Stegs

    Stegs Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2016
    well id say this is a good problem to have. My 1 buff hen makes the song, but lays eggs all over my property. Atleast your chickens go to the coop to hen has been laying for a few weeks now, only found 1 egg....its frustrating....

    the only thing i can think of to help you out is you said they are quiet when you let them out...

    Is there a way to let them out into a fenced in run, so they can stretch the wings and walk for a while, but leave it open back to the coop. I think in a way they are saying "im awake and im ready to get out"

    Maybe build a attached run, so when they wake up they can go right there....thus making no noise

    just a thought
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

    Apr 17, 2015
    Long Beach, WA
    Um...Don't keep chickens.
    You can't keep a hen from doing the egg song any more than you can keep her from scratching or clucking or laying eggs. It's part of having chickens.
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  4. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2016
    Cumbria, UK
    I've read that putting a no crow collar on cockerels and noisy hens is supposed to reduce the volume, but it depends on if you feel that it is humane.
  5. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2014
    San Jose, CA
    thanks for the replies guys!! Could I possibly put a mirror in their coop for them to occupy themselves with?
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    When they are done laying, I think part of the song is to find the rest of the flock.

    It is irresponsible to be knowingly breaking the law and possibly upsetting your neighbors. Like @junebuggena said, maybe you should get rid of them. Alternatively, you might be able to black out the light for an extra hour or so in the coop. I think the egg should come a little later each day. But chickens are creatures of habit and changing their routine any will cause some protest. Whatever you decide to do, try and be consistent.

    They are not going to get quieter. The no crow collar seems like a bad choice, but only you can decide what is right for you.

    Do yourself a favor and find them a new home where they can sing to their hearts content. No law issues, no neighbor problems, no uptight parents, happy hens everybody sleeps until they need to wake up. Win win!

    You can always get chickens again in the future, when and where you are legally allowed to have them. Trying to hide pets of any kind is never fun (did our share of cats and dogs when we were younger)! [​IMG]

    Good luck!
  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Try it. You can try all kinds of stuff. Getting creative is great. My last post was not meant to be harsh. [​IMG]
  8. SCOUT123

    SCOUT123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2014
    San Jose, CA
    oh cRAp i just realized my mistake - it's LEGAL to keep chickens here not illegal [​IMG] sorry my bad
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
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  10. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    That changes things quite a bit. Even legal animals can be a problem if the neighbors complain is what the ag department guy told me since we can have roosters to. So basically, make nice with your neighbors. Share some eggs and make sure the hens are as far away from their bedroom windows as possible. Most of my neighbors when I lived in the city love to hear the song, but it was never that early. [​IMG]
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