When I first started researching backyard chickens one of the things I read was that hens are pretty quiet.

Where roosters have their mighty crow, hens just kind of titter and cluck quietly. Little ladies of the lawn, they waddle about, having quiet conversations about tasty treats and the best places to roll in the dirt.

Lies,  I tell you! LIES!

Or maybe it is just my girls.
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They squawk loudly when they want out of their tractor in the morning. If they aren’t squawking, they are are running their beaks up and down the chicken wire. It is a bit like prisoners bang their tin cups against the prison bars in movies.

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When one of them lays an egg, they ALL crow proudly, “We have made eggs! We must now sing the song of our people, so the nice lady will come for them and bring us treats!”

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When I move the coop, they set up a fuss that I am not moving fast enough. Coop moving day means fresh layer ration.  Which somehow must be better than that which is in the feeder currently… and treats.

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They fuss over the laying box and who gets to use it first.

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I added a second box to ease tensions, but they don’t care. They want the box the other hen is using, because you know, chicken logic.

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They squawk when it’s time to change sides of the yard for grazing.

They fuss when someone is in the workshop for any reason other than treat getting.

They screech when they think someone ate more meal worms than they got themselves.

They sing the eggs song BEFORE they lay an egg, like advanced warning to have the treat ready.

They argue over who gets the middle spot on the roost at night.

They are just loud. 

I am so glad I have forgiving neighbors. Then again, they probably think this is not as bad as the braying donkey about a 1/4 mile up the road. Nearly everyone has a dog here. We have loads of squirrels to bark at, and they have loud conversations with eachother, occasionaly.

It’s all relative,  I suppose.

In the Poo-Princesses’ defense,  they are not always noisy. They do have the quiet conversations while grazing the lawn most of the day. They are quiet in the evenings at roosting time after they have settled the middle spot debate. They coo and purr at me when they want pets. They definitely are not as loud as a rooster. Their occasional commotion doesn’t make me love them any less. I also have heard no complaints from the neighbors, or city.

I would not, after having this experience,  recommend backyard chickens for those living in politely quiet neighborhoods. I certainly wouldn’t recommend sneaking them into neighborhoods ruled by iron fisted HOA’s. If those chickens are anything like mine, you most certainly will get caught. I heard re-homing hens can be difficult in the city. The odds of them ending up in freezer camp, high. 

Not that I am objectionable to freezer camp. However, those who have lovingly raised their little fluff balls as pets might be upset at such a fate. I get it. It’s okay. I kind of feel the same about my own pet hens, but this is a subject for another post.

Yes, chickens are noisy. It is just the way they are. If you decide to bring your own chicks home, for whatever your reason, do some research first. Talk to your neighbors. Find out what your community and municipality rules are regarding the keeping of poultry.  Make it a good experience for everyone by making sure everyone is informed and ready for the occasional chicken outburst and daily egg songs. 

It’s just neighborly, and part of responsible animal husbandry.

It helps, too, if you bribe your neighbors with fresh eggs.

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