April 1, 2012 at 1:59 am #256819
I have been off line for a few years while building a house and raising two children but I am FINALLY ready for more chickens.
I am after some advice from my learned collegues yet again 🙂
With the latest chicken investment, I am after chickens that are on the quieter side. Last time I had chooks, I bought some Isa Browns, and whilst they laid well they were rather noisy when the sun rose (lots of buck buuuck buuuucccks) whilst sitting on their perch which annoyed neighbours unfortunately.
At the new place, I was hoping to find some good layers that were perhaps a little quieter.
My internet research has told me that Australorps are good for this purpose.
A few years back when I researched, several people from this wonderful site also suggsted either Austalorps or Barnevelders.
I would greatly appreciate anyones advice on this quest.
RussellApril 1, 2012 at 3:47 am #522725
I have a very mixed flock but I don’t think the Barnies among them make much noise except some cackles when they lay , but I do have a rooster, so perhaps that keeps them quieter?April 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm #522726
DOn’t get Wyandottes. I had 4 and they were so bloody noisy! Now I have three [plus 6 other hens and a rooster] and I really only hear the rooster now except when there is something wrong.
If you don’t mind small eggs, maybe look at some bantam breeds. They tend to be quieter.April 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm #522727
I’ve got a mixed flock of different breeds and tbh, the Barnevelder is by far the noisiest of the lot! My colleague at work says the same thing. My Plymouth Rock is very very quiet. A big docile bird. My leghorns are pretty quiet too.April 2, 2012 at 2:28 am #522728
Thanks everyone. It is really interesting to hear from Bel telling me Barnies are LOUD. I had been told several years ago that they were really quiet. I am glad you told me so I didn’t go out and buy them 🙂
I think Austalorps are my direction at this stage, unless anyone has any further advice?
RussellApril 4, 2012 at 12:20 am #522729
Ravyk post=341370 wrote: DOn’t get Wyandottes. I had 4 and they were so bloody noisy! Now I have three [plus 6 other hens and a rooster] and I really only hear the rooster now except when there is something wrong.
If you don’t mind small eggs, maybe look at some bantam breeds. They tend to be quieter.
Now isn’t that interesting.. I hardly hear a peep out of my wyandottes, lovely big docile birds they are. The araucana’s on the other hand are quite noisy 🙂April 4, 2012 at 4:05 am #522730
Maybe just get birds you like russellau and hope for the best re their noise level!! :laugh:May 7, 2012 at 1:15 am #522731May 7, 2012 at 11:50 am #522732
:tup: Great looking birds russellau. It looks like the kids are enjoying them too.May 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm #522733
I hope those children like eggs for breaky – 4 austrplorps will produce plenty of eggs!May 11, 2012 at 3:47 pm #522734
Australorps are real good in the backyard flock, i have 5 and find that they are very quiet,and lay just great, around 250 eggs each a year and live for up two 10 years,but they wont start too lay until around the 30 weeks old age they are also a bit, lazy like most aussies :)cant go wrong with the Australorp.May 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm #522735
They look great!
I would guess from the picture that they are too young to lay yet. They may not begin to lay until spring, but you could be lucky!
I have heard that australorps are a great bird, placid and good layers as well as great broodies so you have chosen well!
We were going to get them but went with Plymouth rocks as they are prettier. We have been happy with them, they lay better than any isa brown I have heard of in a backyard flock (I keep egg stats). My Plymouth rocks do not like to go broody so hatching chicks has been up to incubator and brooding them ourselves which is a hassle.
Good luck with them and let us know when you get your first eggs.May 16, 2012 at 1:19 am #522736
Thanks for the comments and encouragement. I hope they do lay before spring though, I miss fresh free range eggs.
They (the Australorps) have been really quiet so far. And as they start to get used to people, the kids find it easier to slip in a quick pat as they run around the yard. :cheer:
One of them has a comb that has turned really red so I am hoping that means she is closer to laying?
I sure am enjoying having chickens again, even without eggs just yet. They are such fun to watch and the kids love them.May 16, 2012 at 10:23 pm #522737
They should come into lay then after 22 June will ramp up to best production.May 28, 2012 at 3:06 am #522738
After 22 June? Is that based on anything in particular? I am intrigued? I certainly hope you are right, I am SO looking forward to eggs :tup:
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