After buying eggs from the supermarket, a person normally doesn’t give a second thought about cooking them. For one man in the Netherlands, he decided to carry out an experiment to see if an egg would hatch, and the result surprised him.
In 2016, 45-year-old Alwyn Wils went to a grocery store in Haarlem and bought a dozen quail eggs with the intention to try and hatch them.
Once he returned home, he got to work by placing the 12 eggs in an incubator and filmed the entire process.
He told the Mail Online that after reading on the internet how unlikely it is for eggs from grocery stores to hatch due to the absence of fertilization, he wanted to try it out.
In less than a month’s time, one of the quail eggs hatched, much to his amazement. Wils named the bird Albert.
“Albert is a one in a million,” he said.
“To get a fertilized egg one obviously needs both a male and female. Since the males don’t produce any eggs and the females lay her unfertilized eggs without the need for a male, eggs are rarely fertilized when they get to the supermarkets.
“On the internet it says everywhere that supermarket eggs are not fertilized, but I thought let’s see if that’s really the case.
“I incubated all 12 eggs in the box, which I got from a supermarket in Haarlem, and only one —Albert—hatched.
“Friends and family think Albert is very cool and they think it’s great way of thinking—that not everything is impossible if you give it a try sometimes.”
Albert bonded with Wils, who later created the YouTube channel A Chick Called Albert and regularly posts about their adventures together.
“He is so tame that he is becoming a real house friend,” Wils said. “I know it is a bit soft, but in the end it is just nice to get stories out there that create some beauty and bring a little smile to people’s faces.”
Be sure to watch Albert’s story in the video below:
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