Why are they so noisy?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by medicmandan, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. medicmandan

    medicmandan Out Of The Brooder

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    Aug 15, 2008
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    The birds I had two years ago hardly made a sound except when they laid an egg. This new batch is obnoxiously loud. Seems they are always squawking and they haven't started laying yet. Same breeds as last time, black and gold sex links.

    Anything I can do to quiet them down?
     
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Need some more information please:

    what age are they?
    All hens together or hens and roos?
    Where are they living at (coop size, run area)?
    Is it shaded or not shaded?

    and anything else that might help
     
  3. medicmandan

    medicmandan Out Of The Brooder

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    They are all about 18 weeks old. 5 hens, no rooster. Coop is 48 sq ft, attached run is 80 sq ft. The run/coop gets some sun before noon but shaded the rest of the day.
     
  4. medicmandan

    medicmandan Out Of The Brooder

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    Maybe it's just us they don't like. They don't seem to be making the noises when we aren't out there. Watched them for a good hour from the window and no noise. Went out to take them some snacks and the squawking started again. This is a new behavior in the last two weeks. Not sure why their temperament has changed towards us.
     
  5. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Maybe they are voicing their opinion on you all being in their yard....or maybe they are getting ready to lay and are getting "moody"
     

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