I feel like I'm beating a dead horse; I posted a related issue recently but now it's come down to one thing which will determine whether I can continue keeping chickens for the next 2 years until I can move to acreage. How can I keep my chickens from squawking so much? After my last post, I rehomed 3 of my 5 hens. The 3 would squawk like they were sceaming bloody murder (they wanted out of their pen). Now I personally could deal with this but my s.o. is a low profile kind of person and didn't want to become known as the neighborhood chicken guy. Also it was waking him up in the early mornings after he'd worked a late shift the night before, which was not fair to him. So I kept 2 that were relatively quiet. I've been letting them out for a couple of hours in the evening only in an attempt to establish a routine so they don't expect to be let out at all hours of the day, a mistake I think I made before with the flock. I have been away from home for a couple of days visiting my parents and apparently, they're cackling and squawking earlier in the morning and it's getting worse in general. It's probably because I havent' been around to let them out but I'm afraid this will continue after I get home and try to resume their scheduled outings. I'm thinking it's probably going to come down to getting rid of them too Last week though he agreed to ordering 4 more chicks hoping to start anew. So for all you backyard chicken owners, how do you keep yours from disturbing the whole neighborhood? I don't want to never let them out, and I don't know if even this would remedy the problem. Would it? In my last posting, some of you said you've never had this problem. What are you doing that I'm not, or am I just having bad chicken luck? Are there certain breeds that are quieter? Please offer me some suggestions if you can as I don't want to "spoil" this next batch I'm getting. If this doesn't work out, then it's the end of chicken ownership for me until I can move to acreage but that's in 2 years--a long time to go without! I can't take, nor can he, all the fighting over the chickens!