Hello to all! We are new chicken owners. We have 2 hens, a buff orpington and a silkie, and we keep them in our coop outside. We have had them since March, and they have become our beloved pets. We see them every day, we pick them up, they love the attention, and we love having them. They bring us a lot of joy (and just recently started laying eggs), and we give them treats a couple times a day, scratch seeming to be their favorite. Unfortunately, all of this seems to have created a noise problem we didn't anticipate. We live in a neighborhood where homes are fairly close together. It's not illegal for us to have hens -- keeping them is allowed in our city, but if they become a noise problem to our neighbors and they start complaining about our hens we would have to find new homes for them. Our chickens are smart & they love our attention so much they figured out that making a lot of very loud crying will get us to go to see them & give them treats whenever they want us to (it seems they own us rather than the other way around). The problem is they now have started doing this at around 7:00 a.m. and we're very concerned we'll start getting our neighbors upset. The noise they make is VERY LOUD - my buff orpington in fact makes a noise which sounds very much like a very loud goose !! Going out there to see them only stops it for about 10 minutes - after that they go off again. We can't always go out there to see them all day long, we work, we have errands to run just like anyone else, so I'm not sure what we can do. I fully realize we unwittingly created this problem by giving our hens so much attention. But I really did try to do my best to read as many books & forum posting here at this site for months & months before taking the plunge and getting a few birds. In all of my reading I don't remember reading *anything* about excessively noisy hens possibly becoming a problem in a living environment like where we are (roosters, YES, tons of references to that problem, but I don't remember seeing a single thing about hens who are very much just as loud as roosters are -- seriously, no rooster I know of could top my buff orpington's goose scream!). This morning at 7:00 a.m. my buffy starting going off again. Not knowing what else to do & wanting to try to create some sort of deterrent, I went out there & sprayed her several times with a water spray bottle. She panicked and ran trying to get away from me. I really feel bad for that and don't want to do that again. We spent so much time trying to get them to trust us, and now here I was trying to make them fear us. That obviously isn't the right solution. I might be able to sound proof the coop to some degree, but it still needs to have windows so they can get air, so that wouldn't really help that much. Please, if anyone has any suggestion or knows of a solution for how we could modify their behavior, please let me know. Thanks.