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Old 11-25-2012, 04:30 PM
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I got the ok from DH to get 1 chicken. I am wondering what is the quietest breed to get. I live in a community in AZ.

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Old 11-25-2012, 05:56 PM
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Check with a more experienced person, but I was under the impression that you should have at least two chickens. They are very social.
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I have Black Australorps which are supposed to be a quiet breed. Boy if they are quiet I'd like to see what noisey is. I think no matter what breed you get eventually they are going to make some noise and your neighbors will notice. As long as you don't have roosters your neighbors probably won't care.
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One will die the first week and a second will be killed by a predator the second. To get two as suggested above, you will need to get 4.

I am also a DH. I'll give you permission to get the 4 so you can have the two.

If your DH questions her actions, just tell him the guy on the internet said it was OK.

(Seriously, just get 4. With the workload it will take to care for 1, you could care for 6.)
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You do need a minimum of 2 chickens, 1 is cruel. If you have a proper built pen you can keep 2 without worrying about predictors etc. I have 2 chickens and have had for quite some time
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Hens aren't that noisy but you DO need to look for whether a breed is docile or not. That will help you tremendously. Orpington Buffs, Silver Laced Wyandottes~ those are great birds to have and are docile. They both lay large/exlarge brown eggs. You do need at least 2 birds though. Just make sure to spend the extra money and buy birds that are old enough to tell what sex they are. Most cities don't allow roosters.
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Get them young. The ones that grow up to be roosters go to freezer camp. (Another reason to get at least 4 -- odds are that you get two hens.)
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Go ahead and get a dozen.
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the only time mine were ever really noisy was when they were laying or startled by predator.
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Buff Orphington are a heritage breed of chicken. Very freindly. Hens are quiet. No roosters of any breed are. Pretty simple. Yes you are allowed 4 chickens. I agree go ahead.
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Buff orphingtons, buff brahmas, both are quiet and docile
Chickens are social if they are isolated and you are limited in time to spend with her (solo) they will be happy for the company
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I have 5 , started with six chicks, one was a rooster and has a nice new home in the Country. The one Silver Laced Wyandotte and one Orpington Buff are very quiet. The two Black Australorps are louder but not overly so. The one Rhode Island Red hen is as loud as a fire engine siren. My Black Australorps are best egg layers so far. I'd trade in the Red for a Black Australorp or Orpington Buff anytime for egg production , being docile, and quietness. The Silver Laced Wyandotte is a little more aggressive than the others but not bad. Of course this may just be my ladies and not typical.
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The kind with two long ears and lucky feet.

Our state does not allow you to purchase chicks and poults without it being a dozen or more purchase. [cuts down on city slickers wanting pink ducks for the holidays that end up in the neighbors pool...{still laughing at them}]

Have you checked the local and state regulations yet?
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Dead ones are the only quiet ones... you can't keep them from crowing. Even a hen will take over the responsibility of a rooster until she is replaced.

Also, it's against the law to own poultry or other farm animals within city limits. May want to call someone and confirm...
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Buff Orpingtons are a great city breed. They're hardy and really pretty, not noisy, good layers too, but give brown eggs. (Remember, you DO NOT need a rooster to get eggs - you need a rooster only if you intend to raise chicks so you will need those eggs fertilized.) We recommend buying adult chickens just ready to start to lay.

We have about 120 buff catalanas. They keep our family of six adults and 9 children in eggs and meat, plus we have a contract with a shop in town for eggs. Catalanas are really hardy so they can take our winters. They're medium noisy but only when they lay, and are nice and heavy for meat and they are good producers of big white eggs.

Chickens absolutely cannot be kept as just one, or even two. They die of stress. There must be a minimum of three, so get four so that if and when you lose one, the others cope. And don't think well you can just get another and pop it in there with the other two if one dies. Chickens tend to make life miserable for newcomers.

To keep the neighbors happy, give them a dozen eggs every so often. And have fun with this!!! Chickens are GREAT!!!!
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+1 on the buff orpingtons.

We bought a straight run of assorted peepers this summer, and the buff orpingtons are easily the most quiet and docile. All our other breeds run around making subdued dinosaur noises, but the orpingtons just like to stare instead.

We've got a sex link that's laying, and she's noisy as hell when she lays. We don't have any other layers yet, so I don't know if all breeds to that, or just her, LOL.
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Dead ones are the only quiet ones... you can't keep them from crowing. Even a hen will take over the responsibility of a rooster until she is replaced.

Also, it's against the law to own poultry or other farm animals within city limits. May want to call someone and confirm...
Depends on where you live. In our county you can have 1 in non-ag zones, but a city here allows 4 on a 1/4 acre and city rules trump county.
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My Plymouth Rock hens make a heck of a lot more noise than my Rhode Island Reds. I'd probably avoid the Plymouth Rocks as someone in the city.
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Thank you all for your responses. I am cracking up at work!! Right now I have a gang of quail, but they sure do eat a lot and don't produce much.

I am only allowed 1, but will present "research" done that I need at least 4! Any roosters will end up as soup.

The only predator we have is the neighbors cat, I'll get him.....Soon!

Did not think about state regs, but if I name them, I believe HOA says they are pets, but will of course double check!!

Again, thanks for all the replies!!
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If they have to be pets, name them M'day, L'day, Barbie, and Que.
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