I lost several of my birds over the last year we are down to 4 standards from the 8 we started with. 2 were strokes or heart attack <we think> and 1 was unknown...I think she may have just have been ready to go since her sister died. The latest was my lovely head hen, our barred rock Boo who died from a brazen daylight coon attack They do come out in daytime early evening occasionally it seems... still dont know how he got her...but...well he did We think she may have been napping near the fence line and he snagged her...there is hardware wire there now We never ever thoguht that would be a problem....never has been for whole time we have had the Ladies till now guess our luck ran out. So now I needed to get some new girls in the spring, probably about 8 of them in total, perhaps 10. We will be enlarging the outside run and making a new coop for them all. I think they should be much happier in the new place! However.... I am looking for quieter birdies this time lol My goodness Boo was just so loud at times!!! We have 1 Buff Orp, 2 EE, and a GLW left from the original and they seem to be pretty quiet for most part. They are 3 years old now almost 4. What breeds have you had that were mostly quieter birdies? I dont mind the egg-song at the least...but just the all day bawking got a bit much. I swear that little BR must have had a megaphone hidden under her wings lol We are in the Everett area of Washington, so we get the fun weird weather here. Tends to get snow now and again...at times we can get hit. We get a LOT of rain in the rainy season tho...but i think its cos we are in the "special" zone where we get hit but no one else does lol So any hints or good breeds that do would do well here, lay well year round, and still be a bit on the quieter side lol Other than the "I-got-an -EGG!!!" song That can't be helped I know lol I am thinking atm of : Black Austalorps Brahma <---not sure how the feet do in our weather here Delaware EE <cos I love the coloured eggs > NH Red Black Star/Red Star Any thoughts or suggestions ? Thanks!!