Woman Says She Hatched Three Ducklings From Eggs She Bought At Waitrose
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A woman says she was able to successfully hatch three ducklings from a box of eggs she bought in Waitrose. You can see the ducklings in action below:
Charli Lello, who lives in Hertfordshire, says she bought half a dozen of the Clarence Court eggs and placed them into an incubator as a little experiment to pass some time while she was furloughed during lockdown.
The 29-year-old has said the adorable ducklings, which she has named Beep, Peep and Meep, will live a 'very happy life' with her alongside her pet chickens. Joey would be impressed.
Charli said she got the idea after seeing a Facebook video of someone hatching quail eggs they'd bought from a supermarket.
Speaking to the BBC, Charli said: "While I was in Waitrose, I saw the duck eggs and thought maybe they would work as well. I was so excited for them to hatch but I still had in the back of my mind that these are supermarket eggs.
"They have been collected, bashed around on a delivery truck, then rattled around on a trolley onto a shelf, picked up and put down by who knows how many people, so they still might not go all the way."
But they did and after spending one month in incubator, Charli heard noises and saw that the little ducks had begun to break out of their shells.
Animal-lover Charli says that the whole thing has been 'amazing' but said that she wouldn't be doing it again.
She added: "The only reason I could try was because I am currently furloughed and have the time to raise them to an age where they won't need me all day. Under normal circumstances it wouldn't have been possible or fair on them."
A spokesperson from Waitrose told the BBC fertilised eggs are perfectly safe to eat and 'entirely indistinguishable' from normal eggs unless incubated.
They went on to say that it is 'notoriously difficult' to tell what sex white-feather ducks, such as these Braddock Whites, are. And added that a male duck may 'very occasionally' be left with females and fertilise their eggs, but that it would be an 'extremely rare' occurrence.
While a spokesperson from Clarence Court Farms said: "It is a feat of remarkably slim odds that a duckling has been hatched. But we acknowledge that it's not impossible."