Noisy hens--might disturb neighbors

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BruceAZ, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    870
    59
    116
    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    My hens are starting to make the same noises like the ones in these videos

    one is the egg song and the other is like some groaning sound ???

    this might become a nuisance problem for the neighbors....[​IMG] since they keep doing it though out the day.. mostly the groaning sounds..

    sometimes i can hear it from inside the house (doors and windows closed)

    if i got a notice from the HOA i'll not bother fighting it (don't see the point of wasting the time and money for the legal battle)

    but any tips to reduce this particular behavior ?

    thanks


    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2016
    1 person likes this.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    63,738
    9,291
    766
    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    They are just chickens being chickens. Hopefully the neighbors will not complain. [​IMG]
     
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    8,637
    3,260
    441
    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Agree with Sourland - they are the sounds of contented chickens. (When my chickens are NOT content, they complain a LOT louder than that!) Are you not legally supposed to have chickens? If that's the case, I hope you have a Plan B for when you are told to get rid of them.
     
  4. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

    18,874
    6,274
    526
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE
    What she said. Plus, I would like to add this: for some reason, us chicken keepers feel GUILTY when our chickens make noise. What about the neighbor's barking dog? The lawn mower, leaf blower, chain saw, the motorcycle going up and down the road? The 18 wheeler on the hill? The screaming kids or crying baby? The act of living makes noise. Would that every neighborhood would be so quiet that the loudest noise you hear is the complaining crow or blue jay. But, it just ain't so. At least when a chicken makes noise, she has something to say. Most dogs... not so much! And they can be much louder, and more persistent in their noise making. So, enjoy your chickens without guilt.
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    870
    59
    116
    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    the city allows up to 5 hens..

    there's nothing in the CC&Rs about chickens though

    but there's a nuisance law for both the city and hoa so..

    for dogs you have bark collar.. not sure about chickens.. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2016
  6. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    8,637
    3,260
    441
    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Oh - well if they're legal, I'd suggest being proactive and start bringing eggs to your neighbors. Or, make them treats with your eggs (I make angel food cake from scratch that is a favorite with family and friends).
     
  7. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    870
    59
    116
    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    that might work.. only if i have enough eggs :/

    i'll try negative reinforcement with my hens..

    will use a spray bottle (with water).. let see if it will work..

    i think this is their way of calling me out to give them treats or letting them out..
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2016
  8. amynrichie

    amynrichie Chillin' With My Peeps

    339
    22
    111
    Jan 29, 2013
    Nebraska Panhandle

    To be honest, if you're THAT worried about the sound your chickens make, maybe you should rehome them. I don't see the spray bottle thing working out that well. I know chickens can be trained, but I don't think you can train them to be silent.
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2016
  9. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

    18,874
    6,274
    526
    Nov 7, 2012
    CENTRAL MAINE
    Have you considered putting up a hedge or privacy fence around your yard or chicken run? That will deaden any sound.
     
  10. marktoo

    marktoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Surely it would take a complaint from more than one neighbor. How likely is it really, that several unreasonable neighbors band together. If they come to you first point out that they don't make any noise from dusk till dawn, unlike dogs & cats.
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2016

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by