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My Pekin is laying small eggs, is this normal?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by MommaCass, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. MommaCass

    MommaCass Just Hatched

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    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 :)
     
  2. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, when ducks first start laying their eggs are typically smaller and will slowly get bigger. My girls who just started laying this spring took about two weeks or so to make normal-sized duck eggs. The first ones were more like chicken-sized eggs.
     
  3. MommaCass

    MommaCass Just Hatched

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    [​IMG]Thank you for your help with this! I was pretty sure a bantam wouldn't lay a large size chicken egg, but didn't want to wait and learn I have a sick duck either.
    Thanks again, Momma Cass
     

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