A rather miraculous yet unexpected moment for a British shopper, as the eggs she bought from Waltrose, a supermarket cahin, came up with not only one but three ducklings.
She has named the three ducklings Beep, Peep and Meep.
Charli Lello, 29, had just bought her eggs after being furloughed from work.
“That was my original plan but whilst I was in Waitrose I saw the duck eggs and thought they might work too.
Mum and I had briefly spoken about getting some ducks after lockdown anyway.Part of me thought it would never work, none of the quail eggs developed but after 6 days in the incubator I checked the duck eggs and could see veins and a very tiny wiggly embryo.
Then the excitement kicked in.”
“I spent the whole two days that Beep was hatching glued to my incubator. Thankfully I had friends at the end of the phone to keep me calm. He was a lone chick for two days so I had to make a little sling out of a beanie hat and carry him around until Peep hatched. Meep joined a week later.”
Lello has said her plans would be to raise the ducklings inside her home, and then moving the out to raise them with the chickens she already was keeping: She said it was “a great feeling” but anyone wanting to do the same should do their research, and ensure they had the right set-up and space to care for ducks — and a back-up plan.
The high-end supermarket who sold the rather queer product remains definitely amused, as they said it is “notoriously difficult to identify the sex of egg-laying white-feathered ducks,” males were sometimes left with groups of females and there were also rare instances when a wild duck (female) encounters a farmed drake (male).
It said that without incubation, fertilized eggs “are entirely indistinguishable from normal eggs” when eaten.
The farmer who supplied the said eggs said: “it is a feat of remarkably slim odds that a duckling has been hatched. Duck egg production is a very small industry, and the separation of males from females relies wholly upon the skill of very few qualified people.”
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