Our 3 Buff Orpingtons and 2 White Plymouth Rocks are 20 weeks old. No eggs yet. Yesterday morning they were so loud that they woke us up at 7:00 a.m. Today the same thing. I have to actually go out side to quiet them. We have nice neighbors and not so nice neighbors if you get my drift. They have never done this before and are usually very docile. 2 of them grumble and 3 mumble, so it is very comical when they do start chattering. But they have never been loud. Is it just a fluke, or do you think it could be because they are near their laying time? My DH thinks it is because I have been gone for a week and they sensed I was back home. I returned late on Friday so I didn't see them until I went out on Saturday morning to quiet them. They do like me and I sit in the run with them and pet them etc. But I have missed seeing them before, so I don't feel it is because of me.....Anyone have any ideas?