Woman hatches ducklings from supermarket eggs

Charli Lello, 29, hatched three ducklings from a box of eggs she bought at Waitrose supermarket in the UK.

(CNN)A British woman has hatched three ducklings she named Beep, Peep and Meep from eggs she bought at supermarket chain Waitrose.

Charli Lello, 29, decided to incubate the Clarence Court duck eggs while she was furloughed from her job as an assistant retail manager because of the coronavirus.
"I got the idea from a video that popped up on my Facebook feed of someone hatching quail eggs," she told CNN.
    "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."
    The assistant retail manager decided to see if she could hatch eggs while she was furloughed from work because of the coronavirus.
    "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, who also keeps chickens, plans to keep the ducklings in her home in Hertfordshire, north of London, until they are fully feathered, and then move them to live outside with her chickens.
    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.
    Waitrose said in a statement sent to CNN that it was only on "rare" occasions that an egg sold in its supermarkets would be fertilized.
    Lello, from Hertfordshire in the UK, said part of her never thought her plan would work.