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A Young Boy Just Hatched A Supermarket Egg

A 14-year-old boy bought an incubator on eBay and half a dozen duck eggs, put them together and watched what happened.

William Atkins came up with the cracking idea to test whether it's possible to hatch a supermarket egg in the right conditions.

Armed with his Waitrose carton and $AU70 incubator, the West Midlands schoolboy built a special set up in his bedroom and waited.

After three days of shining a torch on the eggshells, he saw a beating heart.

Every day he watched the duckling grow bigger and bigger until it finally pecked its way out three weeks later.

IMAGE: Vicki Jauron via Getty

"The duckling is absolutely adorable and already making little quacking noises," the teenager told the Daily Mail. "I am amazed a supermarket egg has actually hatched. But also really excited."

The duck will be called Jemima or Jeremy once its sex has been determined and will live on a nearby farm when it's older so William can visit.

But, here's the deal: supermarket eggs aren't supposed to hatch, because they're unfertilised

Small bird hatching IMAGE: Fernando Trabanco Fotografía via Getty

Clarence Court, the company that produced the eggs used by William, admits the odds of hatching a duckling are extremely slim, but not impossible.

"The separation of males from females relies wholly upon the skill of very few qualified people," a spokesperson said. "Inevitably, the odd sexing error is made".

The theory is, a wild drake may have snuck into the outdoor area where the ducks were kept.

Could this guy be the culprit?? IMAGE: Adam Lister via Getty

We're being assured that fertilised eggs are safe to eat and are completely indistinguishable from unfertilised eggs without incubation.

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So there you go, there is every chance your supermarket eggs will hatch if you've got patience, $70 for an incubator and a randy wild drake or rooster on hand.