January 21, 2009 at 11:01 pm #246760
I recently had to give my ISA Browns away because they were upsetting the neighbors with bac bac baaaaac at 5am every morning. They would still be on the perch and make all this noise.
I really miss the fresh eggs and their amusing antics, so my question is, are there a breed of chicken that are known to be more sedate or less noisy than the ones I had?
Any advise would be greatly appreciated. I have a fantastic coop and run that is just going to waste.
RussellJanuary 21, 2009 at 11:34 pm #389576roogzMember
HI Russell, Isa’a are really active chooks any of the light laying breeds will also be more active- not sure if I would say quieter – but less active/ more docile would be any dual purpose chooks – Rocks, Australorps, Wyandottes, any of the big fat bottomed breeds :p
Silkies are fairley docile as well but don’t lay a lot of eggs alas.
RoogzJanuary 22, 2009 at 12:21 am #389577
Thanks Roogz. I guess I am after quiet chooks more so than less active, or are they one & the same? As for egg production, I am not concerned if they only lay one egg every 2 – 3 days, I would simply get more chickens 😀
Any advice most welcomedJanuary 22, 2009 at 12:30 am #389578FeeglesMember
Pekin Bantams… are gorgeous. Mine were lovely and quiet. Except the darn rooster.January 22, 2009 at 4:16 am #389579gypsyoakMember
I have some Plymouth rocks and sussex and I have never seen such docile chooks especially the sussex! She is the biggest and she is so patient and I haven’t heard a peep out of her. None of them are flighty and they barely make a noise. (I have 6 and these breeds are by far the quietest!!) I have never ever seen such mellow chooks….I was astounded. Not sure if the whole breed is like that or whether its because I got them from a breeder who absolutely loooooves his chooks.January 22, 2009 at 4:42 am #389580mountainmumMember
I have 2 australorps – lovely birds, quiet. Only one ever boc-bocked 😆 onc, the first time she lay. Other than that, not a sound.
Also have 2 RIR’s – very docile, bossed around bit by one of the australorps. One says nothing, the other is obviously the ‘spokeschook’ 😆 and squarks every morning until I put the ramp down. (Still not that much noise though).
Sure some breeds would be quietr than others, but also could be individual differences within the breeds too.January 22, 2009 at 5:15 am #389581Ave a goMember
I have 2 australorps – lovely birds, quiet. Only one ever boc-bocked onc, the first time she lay. Other than that, not a sound.
We have 6 (down to 5 now) Australorps and the are pretty vocal, especially before and after they lay.
but also could be individual differences within the breeds too.
Sounds like you could be onto something 😉January 22, 2009 at 5:52 am #389582
Thankyou all for the advice so far.
To summarise, so far the advice has been either Silkies, Pekin Bantams or sussex. I have also been told that Rhode Island bantums may be a good choice?
And there have been two different opinions on australorps :shrug:
Please feel free to post any further advice as I am REALLY keen to have some chickens again.
ThankyouJanuary 22, 2009 at 5:58 am #389583mum2twinsMember
Is there any way you could borrow some chooks from some one and if they deem suitable then buy them from them.January 22, 2009 at 6:18 am #389584bindiMember
Hi we have several breeds and some bantams.The Pekin we have is rather noisy when she complains -daily! Our silkies are lovely quiet chooks – one scratches/forages very well – competes with the big girls – while the other scratches well for her size ! One lays daily for around 20 days then goes clucky whilst the other lays every 2nd day and goes clucky after 13-15eggs.Great broodies! Our big girls can be so quiet you wouldn’t know we had them but then all hell breaks loose & it sounds like we have 100! We have 4 australorp X sussex , 4 sussex X leghorn and One big sooky Plymouth/sussex rooster ! Luckily for us our neighbours like chooks & eggs as much as we do! The quietest chook we have is aracana X ? She lays good sized eggs, makes next to no noise but isn’t the best of natures with regards to the other chooks and has decided to go clucky rather often – almost more than the silkies ! So good luck with your chooks.Personally I think there are far more disruptive noises in town than a few happy chooks !
BindiJanuary 22, 2009 at 7:19 am #389585ali_celtMember
My best bet for quiet chooks would be Barnevelders. Beautiful big birds, lay georgous eggs, make the tiniest “peep peep” as opposed to a “buk buk”
Love em!January 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm #389586MumchookMember
Actually, Ali, my Barnevelder is a quiet girl too. Who would have thought a big bird like that would be low volume! that’s not to say all of them would be like that, though.
Russell, I find it very sad that neighbours would complain about such a natural noise. I’ve said it before, however it’s worth repeating… people will put up with blaring music (to a point, I know), noisy cars, lawn mowers chugging away all up the street, living under the flight path from the local international airport or on a main road, and then complain about a chook nattering away! :p We’re not even talking about a rooster! :shrug:
I find my Pekins are generally very quiet however I’m wondering if any noise from any chookies are going to be satisfactory. Can you entice the neighbours with offers of fresh eggs? That has worked for some people.
Ree :wave:January 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm #389587
Yes, I couldn’t agree more with respect to the noise. I would much rather listen to the sound of a happy chicken as opposed to all the other suburban noises. As for enticing the neighbours with fresh eggs, I would consider throwing 1/2 a dozen at them :lol::tongue:
Thanks to everyone who posted advice for me. I really appreciate it. I have researched the Barnvelder’s based on Ali_celt and Mumchook’s advice and they seem to have a very good reputation for being a quieter chook. THANKYOU, this means I can have some fresh eggs and some lovely chickens again!
The only other problem I now have is where to get some of these chickens. I am in Brisbane and last time I had to drive about 100km out of the city to get my last lot of chooks.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
RussellJanuary 23, 2009 at 1:40 am #389588Kookaburra DreamingMember
Good luck, Russell. I have been trying to get some Barnevelders for about eighteen months and am having no luck at all.
PJanuary 23, 2009 at 1:59 am #389589Suburban_MumMember
Hi, I have been looking for “quiet” chooks aswell. For those interested in the Barnevelders and are in Brisbane I found this site that may be helpful.
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