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If you have chickens in your backyard and want to keep them quiet, there are several ways to do this. The most common noise chickens make is egg-song, composed of a series of “bucks” in a row and the occasional “bukaw.” Although some hens are completely silent layer, many are. Hens also have a language they use when communicating with chicks, known as hen calls. They use these to communicate danger to their chicks. These sounds are often a growl.
Keeping a timer in the coop
The first step in quieting down your chickens is to make sure they do not have to be confined to their coops for long periods. Hens need social interaction and will be less likely to crow if they feel comfortable in the space around them. If they feel threatened by noise, spray them down with a hose or squirt bottle. Do not use the jet setting on the hose. If the screaming chickens persist, you must be consistent and persistent. Even the most stubborn hen will eventually give in.
You can also use a timer in the coop to control the noise level of the hens. The chickens will find it hard to concentrate if they are forced to spend the whole night in one place. When they are in the mood to scratch and peck, they will use this opportunity to scratch up the floor or eat the food. If you’re not confident with your timer, try placing it on a timer in the coop. This way, they won’t notice it when the timer goes off.
A simple way to provide entertainment for quiet hens is to hang a mirror in their pen. This provides a new environment for them to explore, and gives them something to concentrate on. For larger flocks, a bigger mirror may be necessary. Providing entertainment for quiet hens should be consistent, and include toys that will not hurt the chickens. In some cases, spraying will help train stubborn hens. But be sure to monitor their behavior closely and spray them when they squeak. This method of training requires constant consistency over several days.
Keeping a radio in the coop
Keeping a radio inside the chicken coop is a tried and true method to keep your hens quiet. Many chicken owners swear by it. Classical music plays in the background, soothing your chickens while giving them something to do. You can even play a radio station to keep your hens calm. And while you’re inside the coop, you can even let the radio play while you’re outside.
Keep the volume down if possible. Chickens will squawk when they feel threatened, so you can try to quiet them down. Try to limit their noise to two or three decibels, and turn off the radio when the hens aren’t in the mood to eat. You can also place the radio in the coop to distract them with a short story, or even some music.
Keeping a rooster away
Keeping a rooster at a distance is very important when you have hens. Not only is this a sign of disrespect, but it is also a good way to prevent problems from arising in the future. A rooster is an excellent addition to your poultry flock, but there are some things you should know about keeping one away from your hens.
It is important to note that roosters are social animals and form a complex social hierarchy. When they are in flocks, they all take on different roles and establish a pecking order. This allows the chickens to function better as a whole. Keeping a rooster away from hens also gives them the freedom to socialize. They are known for their bwaking and clucking, and will feel lonely if not kept with a flock of hens.
A rooster’s presence will not only annoy your hens, but it may even harm them. A rooster’s beak and spurs are sharp enough to pierce a hen’s neck and back. In such a case, you may have to remove the spurs or clip them to stop the rooster from attacking your hens.