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We’ve all taken up time-intensive hobbies during lockdown to keep ourselves entertained.

One woman has gone a bit further and given life to some duck eggs.

Charli Lello, from Hertfordshire, bought Clarence Court eggs from Waitrose to see if she could get them to hatch.

After being furloughed, the 29-year-old had some time on her hands and wanted to see if she could get new pet ducklings.

A month after putting them in the incubator, the Braddock White ducklings started emerging from their shells.

And now Charli has three new ducklings, Beep, Peep, and Meep, who she says will live ‘a very happy life’ with her pet chicken.

A Waitrose spokesperson explained that fertilised eggs are safe to eat and are no different from the unfertilised eggs we eat.

Charli says she got the idea from Facebook where she’s seen supermarket quail eggs being hatched.

‘While I was in Waitrose, I saw the duck eggs and thought maybe they would work as well,’ Charli explained to BBC news.

‘I was so excited for them to hatch but I still had in the back of my mind that these are supermarket eggs.

‘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.’

Charli is excited to spend her lockdown time with Beep, Peep and Meep and says this is the perfect time to be at home as she can tend to them.

She added: ‘The only reason I could try was because I am currently furloughed and have the time to raise them to an age where they won’t need me all day. Under normal circumstances it wouldn’t have been possible or fair on them.’

A spokesperson for Clarence Court Farms noted how rare it is to hatch their supermarket eggs.

They said: ‘It is a feat of remarkably slim odds that a duckling has been hatched. But we acknowledge that it’s not impossible.’