Hi all, as a new poultry gal, I'd like to know if some ducks start by laying smaller than normal eggs as I've read some Pullets will? If so, do they eventually get bigger? My young Pekin hen, Eve, started laying (Hurray!) but her 3 eggs are only about the size of a jumbo chicken egg. I remember my grandmother's Pekin eggs were about 3x the size of a chicken egg.
Also, she and her mate (Flynn) prefer to climb up the ramp into the coop with our 3 hens each night to sleep, even though they have their own space. She has laid two eggs in one of the nesting boxes up there - the other was in straw on the floor of the pen where she sometimes rests in the shade. Could this "stress" be causing smaller than normal eggs and be causing the hens to delay in their laying?
All of them are about 26 weeks now as we got them the week before Easter - two Pekin ducklings (turned out to be a hen & a drake), two brown red Ameraucanas, and two white Silkies (one Silkie was lost about 14 weeks, but was showing signs of being a 'Roo).
The eggs are white, not blue and I'm pretty sure too big for a Silkie so they must be Eve's.
Any help would sure be appreciated :)