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.
"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
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.
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.