I got this charming e-mail from a friend:
"My chicken is clucking loudly away outside making a big racket. I used to sometimes cluck back at her after she'd laid an egg, and then she would cluck again and we could keep taking turns (it's supposedly an evolutionary trait whereby after a hen laid an egg, the rest of the flock would have wandered away, and so she clucks, they cluck back, and she can re-join them). I did it because I thought it was cute but now she won't shut up. :-(
Plus I have 9 five week old chicks in the utility room making a mess until they're big enough with enough feathers to go outside and not need extra heat. I am obviously the engineer of my own demise."