Hello All! New member checking in from White House, TN - "newbie" to raising a backyard flock

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by MommaCass, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. MommaCass

    MommaCass Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 26, 2015
    White House, TN
    [​IMG]Hello All! I've been checking BYC since acquiring day-old chicks (2 brown red Ameraucanas & 2 white Silkies) and 2 Pekin ducklings one week before Easter this year as a 4-H project for my daughter. Sadly one Silkie (possibly a 'Roo) didn't make it but all the rest have grown up and we've been awaiting our "First Egg" for awhile now. All the chicks are hens and the ducks turned out to be a hen and a drake.
    TODAY WAS THE DAY!!! I had just finally decided to officially join BYC when my daughter came up from the coop and yard pen with a big "Hurray! We've got our first egg!"
    What I'm NOT sure however, is who laid it? I was just down to the coop to put them in for the evening and had a SECOND Egg! Yay! I know they aren't the Ameraucanas, because they're white. My problem is that they are a bit small for Pekin duck eggs and I suspect too large for a Silkie - it's about the size of a store-bought large. Do ducks start with smaller eggs that increase in size as they lay more? I've read (here at BYC) that this might happens when the pullets finally decide to lay (whenever that might be). Just wondered if anyone can share about the ducks. My DD Grandmother always had Pekins around her home so I'm familiar with the size her nesting hens would lay and they were about double these two.

    Any help would be appreciated! --Momma Cass
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2015
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
    1 person likes this.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Merry Christmas! Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Congratulations on your first egg :celebrate It is so exciting when you find that first one, really is like finding go,d and I'm sure your daughter was delighted to have found it!! I'm afraid I'm not a duck person so can't help on their eggs but I'm sure if you ask in the duck section the duck keepers there will be able to help you. Here is the link ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    Wishing you the very best of luck and enjoy BYC :frow
    1 person likes this.
  4. steven29128

    steven29128 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2015
    South Carolina USA
    Welcome to Back Yard Chickens.
    1 person likes this.
  5. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!

    1 person likes this.
  6. MommaCass

    MommaCass Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 26, 2015
    White House, TN
    [​IMG]Thank you all for the warm welcome; I'm very happy to be here!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens. [​IMG]
  8. PastorJBrizzle

    PastorJBrizzle New Egg

    Feb 20, 2016
    Quick question, I just bought a home in White House and was told that our neighborhood didn't allow chickens. First, how can I find out if this is true? Secondly, are there ways around this? My backyard is mostly wooded and we are a homeschool family. Thanks for any help that you can offer.

  9. If you live in a subdivision with a homeowners association the you might be out of luck. if your land has restrictions it should be on the deed you just have to read .once had land south of Nashville with pigs not allowed contact the register of deeds in your county and check there if it is not on the deed .they may have to subdivision layout with restrictions if it is not on the deed and the subdivision does not have restrictions then they can't stop you . however check all the paper work including city codes . good luck with that . one more thing codes administration for city codes a call should do it .
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2016
  10. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I know you've just thanked everyone for their welcomes, but let me just squeeze this last one in. congrats on the eggs, but as Yorkshire coop suggested, maybe making a post their with a photo showing something for comparison to help with estimating egg size would help.

    All the best

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by