Thursday, September 4, 2014

The #1 Rule When Owning Backyard Chickens

"Would you like a wake-up
call in the morning, sir?"

When we decided to have backyard chickens I knew there were going to be some bumps along the way and just recently we hit our biggest bump, yet.  Our Barred Rock chicken, Agnes, has become VERY noisy. Our 5-year-old refers to her as "Loud Mouth, Aggie."

She loudly bawks before she lays an egg.

She loudly bawks after she lays an egg.

She loudly bawks at any chicken who enters the coop when she is laying an egg.

She loudly bawks if there is a chicken in a nesting box that she wants to use.

She loudly bawks if she is alone.  

We live in a suburban neighborhood with many surrounding houses. While we have not had any complaints about our noisy chicken, we knew it was just a matter of time.  When owning backyard chickens I believe the #1 rule is you must Respect Your Neighbor, so with a heavy heart my husband and I knew we had to re-home Agnes. I called our local farm store, Healing Ponds Farm and Garden Store, and explained our predicament. They responded, "Oh, you have a chatty chicken. Bring her on in and we will find her a new home."  

Our daughters handled the situation well, especially our 5-year-old. When we told her we had to find Agnes a new home she cried a little, but understood. When it came time to bring Agnes to the farm store, our brave little 5-year-old said to me, "Mom, I have to bring Aggie back to the farm store with Dad because I am Little Chicken Tender."  

Agnes settling in at the farm store.

Drop off at the farm store went smoothly and when leaving the salesperson was on the phone saying, "Yes, a laying Barred Rock hen was just delivered to the store." Hopefully Agnes already found her new home.  We miss our Agnes and our backyard feels a little empty without her.  My heart hurts, but I know that this is all part of being a "backyard farm girl."  

And for those of you wondering, now our backyard is not as noisy and I am sure that our neighbors are quietly thanking us.

Thanks for the memories, Agnes.


  1. awww, kind of sad, but quite understandable. I live close to neighbors also and plan on getting hens in the spring. Hope all goes well for us.

    1. Good luck! They are an absolute pleasure to have around. I know every chicken has a different personality, but so far our Buff Orpington and Easter Egger have been pretty quiet.


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