Most quiet breed and a good layer?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BirdIsTheWord, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. BirdIsTheWord

    BirdIsTheWord Hatching

    Aug 21, 2010
    I am looking at a chicken breed that is quiet (we have neighbors very close) and also a very good egg layer. I plan on only getting hens and am considering Buff Opringtons or Barred Rocks.

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    I'll say this to anyone - If you're getting them from a feedstore or hatchery, ANY common breed offered will lay lots of eggs and be of normal quietness. It is what they are bred and sold for.

    The list you can do fine with are:

    Sex Links
    Production Reds
    Buff Orpingtons
    Black Australorps
    Barred Rocks
    New Hampshires
    Easter Eggers

    Really, the only "noisy" breed I've known are Brahmas and the occasional Araucana, which you don't need to worry about because real Araucanas are very rare. [​IMG]
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  3. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Songster

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    My RIR and Leghorn are noisy in the hen house. Girls argue about the nesting boxes, all the time almost every day. Don't put either one on your list.

    My BR is a quiet layer but wants to hog a nest for hours every day. They like to go broody, she can't decide.
    My NHR is another quiet layer and lays her egg and off she goes.

    Good luck and enjoy.
  4. BirdIsTheWord

    BirdIsTheWord Hatching

    Aug 21, 2010
    Thanks for the advice!
  5. wanttobefarmer

    wanttobefarmer Songster

    May 29, 2010
    Elgin, TX
    I have a black sexlink Susan that never shuts up. She always sounds like someone is chocking her. If she sees me she starts squawking. She does this if she is hungry or wants out of the run and most of the time when she needs nothing. I have Buffs Astraulorps EE's Cuckoo Maran and Red sexlink. She is the only loud one. My Cuckoo Maran went Broody at 6 months. PS I got them all from Hatcheries.
  6. ChickenHwk

    ChickenHwk In the Brooder

    Jul 31, 2010
    Rayland, Ohio
    I would reccomend:

    New Hamptire Reds
    Black Astrolorp
    These breeds are good layers and do not make very much noise.

    Do not get:
    Speckled Sussex
    These two breeds lay well in my expierience but are very noisy.

    If you would like any more info on any of these breeds just let me know.
  7. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    Faverolles ...
  8. Renee'

    Renee' Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    My buff orpington lays a huge egg, nearly every day, and I never hear a single peep out of her. [​IMG]
  9. I think that their vocalness might have more to do with their personalities than their breeds. I have a Buff Orpington that has a really deep voice (I call her Lauren Becall) but seldom cackles. They're really nice chickens with rather mellow personalities. We have a Barred Rock that "whines" a lot. Especially if we are out in the yard. I have to tell her to "hush". She just want attention. The EE only cackles when she lays an egg. The Wyandottes are quiet but not as tame as the others and the RIR is quiet. Probably because she is always busy eating. I hope you find the hens you are looking for. Best of luck!
  10. 68 Hollywood

    68 Hollywood In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2010
    Hide your chickens Tx.
    My buff orpington is quiet as well. She has a BIG voice but seldom uses it.

    My fathers EEs only kakkle after laying eggs. They come tell you when they lay an egg!LOL!

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