How Noisy Are Chickens?

by Backyard Chicken Coops November 13, 2014

Got visions of rowdy chickens squawking up a ruckus? Many people are turned off the idea of getting chickens because they think their crows and calls will cause havoc with their peace and quiet. What people don’t realise is that chickens are in fact very quiet and gentle animals - the most you’ll ever get is a yelp of excitement when they’ve laid an egg, or panic if they’re in danger. Beyond that, you’ll never need any noise cancelling earphones (they definitely make less noise than a large dog or cat!)

The different noise levels of hens tends to vary with their breed. Most popular backyard breeds are perfectly placid, and you won’t hear much out of them apart from a few clucks here and there (especially when they’re laying an egg!). Most backyard chickens are virtually undetectable, only getting vocal when they have just laid an egg or there is danger about- either noise won’t last long, and isn’t particularly loud in the first place. It is true that some breeds are more chatty than others, but at their loudest, chickens have the same decibel level as a human conversation (60-70 decibels). Compared to a dog’s bark which can reach over 90 decibels, chickens can hardly be called a noisy animal.

Roosters, however, are another story...


One egg-ception to this quiet chicken rule is the males of the bunch - the roosters. Roosters will crow multiple times a day, and at quite a volume. This is the reason why most residential areas won’t allow roosters, as their noise is loud enough to disturb the peace. If you're on acerage, you're probably better suited to having a rooster in your flock!  Learn more about roosters and whether they’re a good fit for you in our Do I Need A Rooster In My Backyard Flock article.

The best way to keep your hens content (and reduce any noises of irritation!) is to keep them in the perfect chicken house. Our Taj Mahal, Penthouse and Mansion chicken coop will ensure your flock is safe and satisfied - there’ll be no squawks of irritation from your flock!

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