Quietest Breeds

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by matopis, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. matopis

    matopis New Egg

    Feb 17, 2012
    I'm interested to know what people think are the quietest hen breeds. My neighbors haven't complained about my chickens yet, but they have woken me up in the middle of the summer with their egg laying clucking. I have two golden laced and one white laced Wyendottes, but they are getting old and we are thinking of getting new chicks this year. During the rest of the day they are pretty quiet, but if there was a nearly silent breed I would be interested to hear about it to make sure my neighbors aren't bothered by the hens. Thanks!
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    It's not always a breed specific thing - I've had quiet Orpingtons and a loud Orpington that honked like a goose. Many times it's just an individual thing. Of all the breeds I have, I'd have to say my barnevelders are the most quiet. They still sing the egg song like all the others, but tend to be less "chatty" around the yard.

    Assuming you are legal to have hens, maybe you could "bribe" your neighbors with some eggs now and then.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012
  3. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2011
    I don't think there are necessarily quiet breeds. Even if half the flock are quieter and and you have a loud one and get rid of her, others may fill in the missing voice. Chickens are much noisier than I expected, I can tell you that. Of my particular flock my BO and JG are the quietest. However, I'm sure the answers are going to be varied.
  4. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2011
    Bradleyville, MO
    I agree, it depends. I a bunch of different breeds, and more than one of each, and some are quiet and some are not. I have 6 sex links, and 3 of them are obnoxious in how loud they are, and the other three are quiet, one of which never makes noise. Most of my Ameraucanas are quiet, but they will talk to me occasionally.
  5. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    I have never had a noisy Easter Egger, Speckeled Sussex or Black Australorp. My RIRs are pretty quite but every now and then I get one that squawks a lot but they are pretty rare. White egg laying breeds seem to be a lot more noisy and flighty to me. I think I would avoid all of them in a city setting.
  6. I think it depends on the individual. I DO have loud EEs, and I have a few EEs that are sneaky layers- they dash in and out without a peep out of them, like they are doing something wrong. [​IMG] By far my LOUDEST are two of my BRs, although it could be all 3 of them and I'm just thinking I'm hearing the same 2. [​IMG] I will say, though, that all of my BRs are the most pushy with food and will peck the others on the head, hard. Multiple feeders have helped, but they will still do that, particularly if they get treats.
  7. poonam

    poonam Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2011
    Oakland, CA
    I'd say my BO is fairly quiet, with an occasional egg song and some odd growling noises. Our Easter Egger is very noisy, and our sebright, who is the littlest of the lot is the MOST noisy. she even crows on a daily basis, and she has a happy, good, free ranging life. I think, like humans, some of them are just neurotic, and it is an individual thing, not a breed thing.
  8. Jeanniejayne53

    Jeanniejayne53 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2012
    I Have to agree about the Barred Rocks. I had two given to me, and although they were good layers of medium to large eggs, they were the most aggressive toward the others, esp., when introducing new birds. In the end, well, they ended up in my freezer. I'd rather feed a nice bird than a nasty one. [​IMG]
  9. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 20, 2008
    I agree with the idea that it isn't the breed but the individual chicken. Maybe there are certain breeds that tend to be easy going in general, such as cochins, but there are always lots of exceptions within the breed.

    Once I had four Japanese bantam roosters that didn't crow for the first two years I had them (I got them as cockerels) and I thought "Wow, they are a quiet breed" but then they all started crowing and I still have two of them and one is plenty talkative but at least his crow isn't loud. :)
  10. loves2canoe

    loves2canoe New Egg

    Jul 13, 2014
    I have 3 girls and although my neighbors are very kind and actually say that they like the egg songs, my White Polish makes no sounds at all. She sometimes coos when she sees the meal worms, but she is so quiet. I have been told this by other's in the area
    who have white polish[​IMG]This is Buttercup
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