How to make them SHUT UP!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by elabraleon, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. elabraleon

    elabraleon Songster

    Oct 18, 2010
    My hens used to make noise. Not too much, just some. Now they are downright OBNOXIOUS! I am surrounded by neighbors and concerned that they will complain. Heck, I sure would!!!! One of the hens is the ring leader, she starts squawking and screaming at 6am!!! Then the others copy her. 4 of my hens are about a year old, 2 of them are about 5 months. They are all laying. The loudest offender is one of the 1 year old hens.

    Today I put them back in their hutch and closed the hatch thinking that maybe they would "go back to bed" but they just screamed up a storm in there.

    This is a serious problem and if you have suggestions as to how to solve this, please chime in.

    I know others have the same problem too, and while I appreciate the sympathy, I would like to keep the responses to the topic of SOLUTIONS.

    Thanks so much for your help!!
  2. Do they have anything to occupy them like treats or toys? I've heard cabbage on a string, almost out of their reach keeps them pretty occupied.. Maybe a distraction would help them...?
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Sorry no solution that I know of, they're just doing what chickens do to start their day.
  4. elabraleon

    elabraleon Songster

    Oct 18, 2010
    I think giving them treats to quiet them has made the problem WORSE! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Quote:[​IMG] Just being what they are chickens!!!!
  6. itom37

    itom37 In the Brooder

    May 10, 2011

    One of my two laying age hens tends to squawk in the AM... 8 or so. She seems to do this when the other hen is laying. Maybe she's protesting the occupation of her nest box?
  7. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Songster

    Aug 10, 2011
    Indiana, PA
    I always figure they are squawking to wake me up...they want their morning scoop of scratch...and it works![​IMG]
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011
  8. Wynette

    Wynette Crowing

    Sep 25, 2007
    I think your only 100% effective solution will be selling them...they are being chickens. [​IMG] It's what they're SUPPOSED to do.
  9. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Songster

    May 20, 2010
    San Diego
    Do they squawk because they want out of their coop or run? Because that's the only time my girls get loud- when they want out! As soon as I open the door they are quiet again. If you think this is causing the issue you could install an automatic door that opens at 6am so your girls can get out and hopefully be quiet.
  10. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    You can't stop their music!!! They are just greeting the day. Since the heat broke yesterday we slept with the bedroom windows open last nite. Yep, rooster crowing is a little louder with open windows.... 05:36 for our wake up call! Ya gotta love 'em!

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