A shopper has been left stunned when she managed to hatch a duckling from an egg bought at a supermarket.
Adele Phillips, 28, had gone to Morrisons with her mum for their weekly shop when she decided to buy a pack of Clarence Court duck eggs.
Adele, from Port Talbot, Wales, had stumbled on a post about incubation on social media and decided to give it a go.
She put the egg in an airing cupboard for a few days before transferring them to an incubator she’d bought online.
She didn’t think anything would really come of it, so was stunned to find that a month on a “100 per cent healthy” duckling had hatched.
Adele, a processor and on-call firefighter, had been planning on giving the animal away to a farm but “her heart melted so much” when she first saw it that she decided to keep it for herself and will now struggle to eat eggs again.
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She said: “During the whole process everyone was looking at me, thinking ‘are you insane?’
“I was just giving it a go as a little experiment, but they all thought I would just end up with a boiled egg.
“Well I definitely proved them wrong and everyone was very shocked.
“I am amazed and it really hit me when I saw come out of its shell. I thought ‘what have I done? It is just mad. My pet could easily have been on someone’s toast.”
Adele named her pet Braddock Morris after its breed Braddock White and the supermarket, and calls him Little Morris for short.
She added: “I saw someone doing a challenge on tiktok and thought I would give it a go.
“When we bought the egg my mum was just like ‘are you sure?’ I knew I had to keep them warm on the way home although as they had already been on a shelf for a few days I didn’t think it was going to work.
“They then went into the airing cupboard but as I had never done anything like this before I was so shocked when I discovered one was fertile.”
The eggs were bought on March 28 and hatched on April 29.
Adele discovered one was fertile by shining a torch on them to see veins inside.
She then successfully maintained it in the incubator for 30 days by turning it three to four times a day to make sure it was at the correct temperature at all times.
She said: “I knew a couple of days before it was going to hatch but you are told to leave it alone.
“I was worried and looked through the hole but didn’t touch it. I was worried it would die or come out deformed but he was 100 per cent healthy.
“I did it all from just looking online to see what to do.
“It is now one week old and is in a box with a heat lamp, they need a lot of heat when they are babies. It has swim time in the evening when I put it in water and I give it food like strawberries and spinach.
“You are also told to feed them scrambled eggs which I found a bit weird.
“I was going to give them to a farm but I decided I wanted to keep him. I feel for him pretty quick.
“I am a bit sceptical now about eating any eggs. I will be thinking of mine every time I make scrambled eggs thinking that could have been my one.”
Adele said she would resist the urge to try and hatch more in the future and planned to buy a garden pond with a little enclosure to house him in.
And he won’t be alone.
She added: “I have also bought him a buddy from a pet shop called Beryl so he doesn’t get depressed being alone.
“I did not really plan this – but now I have two and I wouldn’t swap them for the world, certainly not for any fried egg on toast. I now can’t walk past the egg aisle in any shop without wanting to get more.”