In this article you’re going to learn why chickens make noise in the morning
We all know chickens are pretty much vocal creatures and they make noise
Especially a Rooster!
But why do they make so much noise in the morning?
Chickens make noise in the morning for a couple of reasons which include, they want to get out of their coop (If you keep them in there all night), they’re hungry so want food and water, they’ve just laid an egg or your chickens are communicating with each other nice and early in the morning!
Let’s get into more detail in this blog post
We’ll also talk about how you can reduce the noise in the morning so you can get some sleep!
Why Chickens Make Noise In The Morning? (In Detail)
When chickens make noise they can all mean different things
If it’s in the morning it can be an issue
Especially if you have neighbors
It’s not nice if your chickens are getting everyone up extra early in the morning
Understanding why you chickens make noise in the morning can help you identify what the reasons are and how you can help reduce this
When your chicken is laying an egg, expect some pretty loud noises
Apparently it’s called the egg song
How does it sound?
It’s more of like a series of loud clucks and bawks – something you’d hear in a cartoon
So why do they make so much noise when laying an egg?
There are a couple of reasons which I’ll briefly touch upon
Your chicken is pretty much telling everyone she is laying an egg or it’s in “production”
This sense of pride can sometimes be because of their position in their flock
A bird that is higher up in the flock may be cementing her position and letting everyone know
Your hen may be calling out to her flock mates
You see, in the wild a chicken that is laying an egg calls out to other flock members to let them know where the nest is
A chicken that is laying an egg may call out to fool predators in thinking the nest is not where it actually is
It’s a distraction call
If you have ever tried to find a hidden nest by following the egg song when your chicken is laying, you’ll realize the nest is not easy to find!
The egg song gets the roosters all excited which leads to mating happening.
This may be because the hen is the most fertile at this time
There we have it!
Chickens make lots of noise when egg laying for different reasons
Back to why chickens make noise in the morning
Another reason is your chickens are protesting
They want to come out of the coop in the morning so they can access their food and water
Just how wild birds make lots of noise at dawn, chickens also become more vocal in the morning too
They communicate with each other by using sounds to express certain feelings
For example they’re making noise because they’re happy, sad, frightened, worried
This is their way of communication by making noise
Hey, I make noise when I’m hungry and thirsty! Kidding!
But yes, when chicken are hungry and thirsty they will surely let you know
It doesn’t matter what time of the day
When you think about it, they’ve been sleeping and they might have even got up early without you knowing and now they’re tired of waiting and want their food and water
You probably have noticed, whenever you let your chickens out from the coop they can’t get out quick enough!
Staying in the coop all night and waiting to be let out in the morning can cause frustration
Especially if there’s not enough space
This can lead to scuffles which can get noisy
It can be a problem when you have a strong bird who’s at the top of the pecking order and wants to keep everything under control
Rooster Is Crowing
Now this is something you’re just going to have to accept
When we think of noise in the morning, the first thing that comes to mind is a rooster crowing early in the morning!
The bad news is, it’s not just morning but this can happen throughout the whole day
Tips On How To Reduce Chicken Noise In The Morning
If you’ve gotten complaints from neighbors about the noise your chickens are making in the morning it can be stressful
Thankfully, there’s ways you can reduce
This won’t stop the noise completely as chickens make noise
But it will reduce it
That’s the best you can do
- Insulating the coop is a great way of reducing noise coming from the coop. Just make sure there’s good ventilation
- Consider buying a plastic coop as this has insulated walls
- Get up extra early and let your chickens out before they make noise! This will help them stop getting frustrated in the coop as you’ll let them out as soon as possible
- Getting up early in the morning can be difficult especially if sunrise is at 5am! So what you can do is buy an automatic coop door that will do the job for you
- If it’s possible, put the coop away as far as possible from neighbors
These are some ways you can reduce chicken noise in the morning
You can’t stop other noises like egg laying because this is natural and part of a chickens behavior
You can reduce the noise from the coop but as any chicken owner will tell you, chicken noise is something you’ll have to accept
What Are The Loudest Chicken Breeds?
All chickens are loud regardless of breed!
You won’t get a chicken that is quiet and won’t make noise
If there was a breed(s) to avoid then according to omlet.co.uk you might want to avoid the Orpingtons (all types) and the Poland (polish) breed
What Time Do Chickens Wake Up?
If you want to get up before your chickens do or you want to be up as soon as your chickens are up you’d want to know what time chickens wake up
Chickens usually get up as soon as the sun rises
This can range between 4 and 7am
Of course the sun rising depends on the season and location
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Chickens make noise in the morning for a number of reasons
This could be because they want to get out of their coop, they’re hungry or a chicken is laying an egg
There are ways to reduce the noise coming from within the coop
But ultimately, you can’t stop chickens making noise as it’s in their nature
For example a chicken laying an egg will make lots of noise because this is natural for them