I had 2 banty hens that became extremely noisy, and I had to give them away. They crowed like roosters at all times, even 4 in the morning! To be honest, I might have wanted to get rid of them myself! I have a half acre back yard and want to get more chickens for egg production, not meat. Which breeds are quiet and lay well? They will have the run of the yard and a secure house at night, and I would like to have freindlier ones that won't chase my kids (the way the banties sometimes did).