We’re told time and again that supermarket eggs won’t hatch.
This makes good sense, seeing as how the vast majority of commercial laying hens never come close to a rooster.
(Basic biological fact: hens lay eggs without the help of roosters, period. However, in order to produce a chick, an egg must be fertilized by a rooster.)
All that said, consider the curious case of Albert.
Albert began as a twinkle in the eye of a man in the Netherlands named Alwyn Wils who decided to test the theory of infertile supermarket eggs.
“On the Internet, it says everywhere that supermarket eggs are not fertilized, but I thought, ‘Let’s see if that’s really the case,’” he told The Telegraph.
He picked up a dozen quail eggs from a local supermarket and incubated them at home.
One egg hatched, and out came Albert.
This story may inspire queasiness in the ovo vegetarian lot, but Alwyn Wils sees it differently. “Friends and family think Albert is very cool,” he said, “and they think it’s great way of thinking that not everything is impossible if you give it a try sometimes.”
Meet Albert the unlikely quail …