looking for a quiet chicken

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mt, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. silkhope

    silkhope Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2007
    Pittsboro, NC
    This is my quietest chicken - she never makes a peep!!

    Sorry, couldn't resist...

    My silkie and d'uccle hens are both loud, could be an egg, could be something bothering them. I haven't met a quiet chicken yet. Must be the temperament of the actual hen, not the breed.
  2. mangled

    mangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh - I have to second the SLW loudness. I have one SLW hen who competes with the roosters for sound. She named after a loud, obnoxious aunt, LOL.

    My quietest hen is my Americana (EE) hen. I can't say I have ever really heard her "cluck", except when startled, and even then, not loud at all.

  3. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

    Jan 1, 2008
    silkhope love your chicken [​IMG]
  4. cgmccary

    cgmccary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2007
    NE Alabama
    There's a fella in Texas who has been breeding & selecting for quietness. He is trying to come up with a "quiet rooster" and has had some success.

  5. mt

    mt New Egg

    Mar 7, 2008
    thanks all. I thinks I'm going to try the Orpingtons.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I picked up on this part of your statement. I'm no chicken expert to be sure, but it's my understanding that chickens+garden = no garden. You can use them between the rows, in a chicken tractor perhaps, but I wouldn't turn them loose in the garden.
  7. HannahinRavenna

    HannahinRavenna New Egg

    Oct 21, 2007
    I'm on my first flock of urban hens so I have a small sample group, and my husband hypothesizes that noisiness is a function of a particular bird, (not just its breed), combined with its upbringing and the group dynamic...but here's what I can report on our hand-raised-from chicks ladies:

    Black Australorp: Very quiet and docile. She crouches when approached, making it easy to pick her up. I only ever hear her when she seems a little nervous, or seems to be suggesting the others simmer down. She mutters in measured tones, "Now girls...let's be reasonable."

    Araucana/Americana: Also very quiet, though smart, curious and assertive. She learned everything first and taught the others. She always finds the easy way out of a situation, and will approach you to see what's up, rather than shying away. We imagine she is a bit disdainful of her birdbrain coopmates, and her occasional little blips and stutters sound like, "jackass." or "idiot." And she lays beautiful green eggs!

    Golden Laced Wyandotte: This one is sassy, though she usually saves it until midmorning. She apparently has a lot to complain about ("Get outta my nest box! Bring me more snacks! Bloody squirrels and their incessant chatter!"), and will do so for several hour-long sessions during he day. She also used to be the meanest, most skittish of the four, until a dog thrashed her within an inch of life. She found Jesus when she was inside recovering for about 6 weeks, and is a little nicer to be around these days.

    Speckled Sussex: She is the noisiest. Also appears to be lowest in the pecking order, so maybe she's just complaining about her lot in life, I dunno. Sometimes I wonder if, in an all-female flock, there is an appointed rooster/noisemaker. She's the first up every morning, and will stand in their little doorway, screeching at the dawn. I cringe at what my neighbors must be thinking and can often be seen hurriedly pulling weeds in my pajamas at 5:30 a.m. I toss them into the run and that keeps them busy and quiet for a while.

    Because our neighbors are so close (though apparently forgiving, and thankful for the eggs), I'm thinking about giving away the two noisiest (or bbqing them if we can muster the indifference), and either just keeping two, or buying a Buff Orpington and a Delaware pullet, to see if we can arrive at some serenity back there. [​IMG]
  8. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    My speckled sussex are by far my quietest.
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    My Wheaten/Blue Wheaten Ameraucana pullets are just so quiet and they LOVE to be held, and believe it or not, they love to be stroked.
  10. scarecrow

    scarecrow New Egg

    Jun 26, 2009
    Now that we have a good list of quiet chickens, is there a breed that is better at pest control than others? I want quiet and no mosquitoes.

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