As best we can tell we do not have a rooster (No pointed tail feathers, no huge crest/wattle). Still every morning some of our chickens perch on a stick (where they refuse to roost, instead flopping in the dirt) and begin to cluck to each other. Loudly. If I go down and say hello they shut up and don't start up again. Some mornings I'll catch them at it and it's just one or two loud clucks. The black bantam cochins we have are darn near mute. I've never heard them make a loud noise except the night that the kids left the cage unchained and the dog was after them. They'll chirp and cluck softly when I'm at the cage and they really, really get agitated if I bring a buff near them, but otherwise they are silent. Is the buff cluck-fest normal? These are buff orpingtons and we love them. We're not clear on why they do the morning cluck fest. (They are laying in the afternoon the last few days - doesn't seem to be related to laying, though as each one lays she sure does like to stand at the nest box and say "Look what I did!" to the rest of the flock). We love them but they are noisy in the mornings. Morning, incidentally, is roughly related to sunrise. In the summer when it was getting light at 4:30 that was the morning meet n greet time. Is this just part of normal chicken behavior?