Weird screaming issue

Ascholten

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chicken soup. Yes RIR's are quite the drama queens. Mine will be outside uncaged and just stand there moaning and bitchin' for no good reason. I wish i did know a way to make them stfu to be honest with you. Ok you got food, water, AND are free running, now SHUT UP...nope. If you try to scare them, they are one of the stupider breeds of chickens I am convinced. they are the laboradors of the bird world. they will just go hide, and cry cry cry.

They DO stop crying when they lay an egg though.... then it turns into the egg song... then they go back to crying until as you said, they had enough.

chicken soup or trade with someone for a quieter breed, but man they DO lay some pretty nice sized eggs..... sigh..

Aaron
 

rosemarythyme

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Ahh finally! I have this issue with just one of my rir's. Ordinarily I would be fine with it, however we live in a residential area, and the neighbours are not impressed. My rir moans constantly in the morning, they always have food and water available, but she will still moan for a few good hours until she's had enough. I have tried splashing water on her, loudly saying no, even giving her what she wants! She just won't be quiet. Any ideas on what else we can do?
Rehome her or eat her. Some chickens are just chatterboxes.
 

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Ok. That's not good news :(
Does anyone know if chickens are like children... if I just lock her up until she realises she's not gonna get what she wants - will that work?
Probably not. It's one thing if a bird has become noisy because they've been accidentally trained to do so (i.e. bird makes noise, owner runs out and throws a treat, more noise, more treat - at that point you might be able to train them out of it by making sure you're never rewarding the noisemaking) but if she's always been a noisier bird even if she has what she wants and needs, she's likely going to remain that way.

I have a bird that really only shuts up when she's laying, to the point that it almost seems eerily quiet when she's in a nest box, because I've gotten used to her frequent "talking." Thankfully we have double paned glass throughout the house!
 

Ascholten

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IF she's noisy and you lock her up, she'll be VERY upset she's locked up, especially if the others are not, and she'll cry even harder. some birds make a better food group than make food for a group.

Aaron
 

rayrose

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Some birds are just screamers. You have to either put up
with it or re home the bird. I just had to re home a blue splash
maran that screamed all day long, for no reason. Her new owner
says she doesn't scream at all for him. Go Figure.
 

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