New flock addition - NOISY

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CaptSammy, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. CaptSammy

    CaptSammy Hatching

    Feb 21, 2011
    I started me first little "covert" attempt at a few Orpington chickens in the backyard, I have six. A couple turned out to be roosters and started crowing so they went to auction. While there I picked up an Orpington hen that was already laying and brought her home. She is noisier than the roosters! Was I delusional with this plan of trying to be covert or did I just get a noisy girl? Will the rest turn out as noisy when they get to laying age? Maybe I should find a good home for her and hope for the best?

    Any help/advice welcome. Maybe I different breed would have a better choice?
  2. Beaker Duck

    Beaker Duck BYC's CUTE Travelling Mascot

    Jul 22, 2011
    All Over
    Some chickens are more vocal than others, having nothing to do with being egg-laying age or not. A lot of hens will do the " Egg Laying Song" which is loud squawking while they are getting ready to lay. Sometimes the other hens will get vocal as they cheer on the egg-layer. So your younger ones do have a chance to become more vocal when they get to that stage.
    Now, some hens, just like people, will squawk all day- they love to complain and hear their own voices. There is one in my yard like that. She really makes a lot of noise, and has since she's been young. I think it is funny, and she doesn't bother us or the neighbors with her noise.
    For your noisy girl- there isn't much you can do. She might settle down and get less vocal as she gets more used to being there with you. If you really want quiet chickens, it's hit or miss- I don't believe one breed is noisier than another. It's an individual thing. If you cannot tolerate her noise,then it wouldn't be bad to find her a new home. You might want to give her a chance to settle in before deciding.
    I think buff orps are so beautiful!!
  3. CaptSammy

    CaptSammy Hatching

    Feb 21, 2011
    Well I gave her a week to settle down and she is still screaming away in the mornings. Anyone out there want a free Buff Orpington? She is the prettiest girl in the coop, but also the noisiest.
  4. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Songster

    Feb 18, 2011
    I have a screamer as well. She's a Delaware and she's annoying me to no end. I've tried treats, I've tried the hose, I've tried carrying her around, I'm tried locking her up. Honestly, I'm thinking she needs to just go. However, will another girl take her vocal place? Probably. Ugh! I feel your pain.
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    How close are your neighbors?
    I asked my closest neighbor if the roosters bothered her (the nearest coop to her house is about 100 ft. away) - she said she didn't even know I had chickens.
    Have your neighbors indicated they would complain?

    They'll almost always do the egg song after they lay. It goes back to wild days when a hen would go to the nest to lay while the flock continued to forage. When she finished she would call "where are you guys?" and the flock answers with the same call.
    They continue to do it even though they're all standing around in the same pen.
  6. JPHorvath

    JPHorvath Chirping

    Quote:We will take her were are you located?

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