Tonight when I was out closing up the chickens, my neighbor (who lives behind a hill- not in direct sight of me) used one of those noisemakers that makes the "hee-honk-hee-honk" sounds. I got the distinct impression, though I cannot see this neighbor, that I was making too much noise and he was trying to impress upon me that noises carry between our two houses. Ahem...I should say that I (because I just assume that I am by myself) talk silly talk to my chickens all the time. I say, "Goodnight girls...awwww girrrrrdddddiesss!!!! Gooood gurdy...... on and on. Then I usually say, "Last call for gurdies!!!!" Just in case one of them is hiding on top of the woodpile (this has happened). Ugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does this mean that they can HEAR ME?????????????????????? OOOOOOhhhhh how embarrassing. I could just crawl under a rock right about now. The only reason I associated the noisemaker with my noisy talking to the chickens is, that I have read others' suggestions for doing the same with neighbors with noisy barking dogs at midnight. Ok, can I cry now??? I really feel violated that they probably have been enduring all my baby talk to the chickens and thinking that I am some chicken nut case. So my plan is...because as my husband says, it might have just been a coincidence, to be JUST AS NOISY tomorrow when I close up the chickens. If the noisemaker makes another appearance at that time, I have unmistakable proof that I AM BEING TOO NOISY. Then I will make a concerted effort to be quieter. But I just have to know. I will try to be quieter anyway...just in case - after tomorrow. Has this happened to anyone else?