quiet chickens

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by clarktx, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. clarktx

    clarktx Out Of The Brooder

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    I started with black australorps because a website said they were quiet.

    And, I'll grant you that, they aren't very chatty.

    I suspect they are still chatty enough that anyone within a block of my house could hear their long, drawn out "bawwwwwwwk"s in the morning.

    Of course, this *IS* the "chicken laws and ordinances (and those who choose to ignore them)" category.

    So here is my question: for people out there who have experience with many different kind of breeds, which do you think is the quietest?

    I know quiet is a relative concept - whats quiet to me might not be quiet to you. But lets give it a try anyway.

    I have decible meter and I will leave it on for a day near the chickens and see what the loudest they get is, but this might just be a useless fact-oid since I only have one kind of chicken.
     
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  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have a large mixed laying flock of girls separate from my orpingtons and other chickens. They are loud. Loud. Loud. They put a crowing rooster to shame. You can hear my hens when they are kicking up a fuss all the way to the post office - a good city block and a half distance - away from the barn.

    I was coming out of the PO one day (tiny tiny little place on the side of the road) and you could hear them just like they were actually in the PO parking lot. Someone happened to say on passing "What is that aweful noise?" It was my hens. LOL
     
  3. petlove

    petlove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens are also very loud especially in the AM. What an awful sound. My neighbors don't mind my roo but I wonder about the hens. They are not so loud once I turn them out on the acre.
     
  4. clarktx

    clarktx Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Hm. Interesting. Unfortuantely, since they are mixed I guess you can't say who the best/worst are?
     
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They are BR's, PR's, Wyandottes, Marans, RIR's - they are all equally loud.
     
  6. Anny

    Anny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sussex is a quiet little girl she only lightly chit chats my RIR mix though will put a Rooster to shame. Haha
     
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  7. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Bantam Orpingtons are pretty quiet. But the roosters aren't. They are the quietist I got. You need a few more hens to get the same amount of eggage, but they do eat less.

    I can't say for sure, but I think bantam Favorelles are pretty quiet (mine are only 4 months old), and they lay all winter long.

    These two breeds are the larger of the bantam breeds too, so the eggs will be larger. No Jumbos though [​IMG]


    My bantam leghorns are good layers, and they arent too bad with the noise once they settle in, but they can get kinda cheeky sometimes.
     
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  8. stacym

    stacym Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know I think that they all are loud at times. My experience has been with Bantam Cochins, RIR's , Leghorns and Black Australorps. The leghorns are really loud, We could hear them easily at 200'. Banty's are my favorite and were actually probably the quietest. But their eggs are really small. RIR's are medium on the quiet factor, but I think for digging and getting into things they are the worst! My Australorps are usually very quiet. That was until the cat jumped from the shed over their pen and then onto the wooden privacy fence. Then I heard them 50' away easily. I had to run and talk to them to quiet them down.
    If you have kids, you can do like mine do. They walk around the yard making chicken sounds. Now the neighbors think it's just our kids making the noise!![​IMG]
    Good luck on your illegal chicken keeping. Stacy M (a chicken outlaw)
     
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  9. fullhouse

    fullhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The sussex are fairly quite. They have a soft honk unlike the brawk-brawk-brawk of the others.
     
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  10. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have just three so I am no expert. Our Australorp and BO are quiet birds, the EE on the other hand chatters all the time. I think she actually talks to herself!

    ~Phyllis
     
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