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article imageSchoolgirl Hatches Supermarket Eggs

By geozone     Mar 14, 2007 in World
A 10-year-old Devon girl changed the destiny of two duck eggs purchased from the supermarket when she decided to place them in an incubator.
Jessica Sansom and her parents bought half a dozen organic duck eggs from a Waitrose in Surrey, intending to consume them. After four of the six were eaten, young Jessica decided to take the remaining two under her "wing" to see what would happen.
The Sansom family had an incubator they used to hatch geese and hens on their Watermouth, Devon, farm. A month after Jessica and her mother had put the eggs inside the incubator, they cracked open and out popped two little ducklings which the family have named Splash and Splosh.
According to the producers of the duck eggs, it is impossible for any of their eggs to be fertilized and hence hatched. "We are surprised as flocks are normally made up of female birds," they said.
If female ducks are raised alongside males, then eggs are laid on a free-range farm can be fertilized and then hatched.
Jessica's mother knew that as long as an egg is laid by a duck or chicken that is kept with a male of its species, it can be hatched provided it is maintained at the correct temperature and humidity. In the case of Splash and Splosh, the family just took "a shot in the dark" with the eggs and it worked.
"It's amazing because the eggs could easily have ended up scrambled on toast for tea," said Mrs. Sansom.
Clarence Court, producers of the eggs, did acknowledge there was ever a slight possibility this could occur "if a drake had strayed amongst the flock."
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