Hi there. Long time reader, first time poster.
There have been many occasions that have encouraged me to sign up, but this one gave me the final nudge.
We've been having some "problems" with our recent chickens being super advanced. Yesterday a 5 day old Pekin roo who already has some really nice feathering started to crow. But that's not it.
We have some Silkies and a few Pekins which are about eight weeks old with a couple of slightly younger ones and an Indian Runner in a dedicated hutch.
They have all been maturing too soon. There's been a lot going on recently so I haven't opened the actual coop part in roughly a week. When I opened it there was an unexpected surprise. Three tiny eggs and two large ones.
The large eggs I'm on the fence on whether they are duck eggs or from another chicken who may have decided to start laying in there. The hutch is open all day so it's possible. The little eggs though, they are way too small to even be from our young adult Silkies.
The only two likely contenders are a Pekin that started to act broody at maybe 3 weeks old, and the unusually large Silkie hen that we thought was a rooster until recently.
So I guess what I'm asking here is what's going on???
I should add that we have a coop around the front of the house too. These chickens seem to develop normally. Two of the Silkies from the same batch were raised by a broody hen from that coop. They are noticeably smaller and further behind in development. Nothing is really different. They eat the same food too.