Woman hatches ducks from Waitrose eggs

Woman hatches ducks from Waitrose eggs
Beep, Peep and Meep are Braddock White ducklings. Source: CHARLI LELLO
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Daily US Times: A woman named Charli Lello has hatched three ducklings called Beep, Peep and Meep from eggs she bought from Waitrose.

The 29-year-old woman from Hertfordshire, got the idea after seeing a video on Facebook of someone hatching quail eggs from a supermarket.

She put the Clarence Court eggs in an incubator as an experiment to pass the time after being furloughed.

She said the ducklings would live “a very happy life” with her pet chickens.

Fertilized eggs were safe to eat and “entirely indistinguishable” from normal eggs, unless incubated, a Waitrose spokesman said.

Ms Lello 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.”

Charli Lello hatched the ducklings as an experiment to pass the time while furloughed from work. Source: CHARLI LELLO

“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.”

Ms Lello heard a tiny beeping sound after a month of putting them in the incubator, and the Braddock White ducklings started to emerge from their shells.

She said it had been an “amazing” experience hatching the “cutest little balls of fluff” but she would not be repeating it.

She said the only reason she could try was because she is currently furloughed and have the time to raise them to an age where they won’t need her all day.

Under normal circumstances it wouldn’t have been possible or fair on them, she said.

It was “notoriously difficult” to identify the sex of white-feathered ducks, the Waitrose spokesman said.

The spokesperson said their farmers work hard to ensure ducks and drakes are separated correctly.

Two of the ducklings with the box of eggs in which they started life. Source: CHARLI LELLO

”As a result of this difficulty in sexing, a male white-feathered duck may very occasionally be left with a group of females, although, these instances are extremely rare,” the spokesman said.

He added that there may also be instances when a wild duck encounters farmed drakes, but again, this is rare.

A spokeswoman for Clarence Court Farms acknowledged very thin possibility to make this happen but said it is a feat of remarkably slim odds that a duckling has been hatched.

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