Swede buys eggs from supermarket, hatches chick

Ever ponder as a child whether there was a chick inside a packet of eggs bought from the supermarket, only for your parents to explain to you that it couldn't happen?

Swede buys eggs from supermarket, hatches chick
The packet of eggs (left) from which Coop Olle (right) was hatched. Photo: Agneta Linge

Well, a Swede has just proven that it can, after successfully hatching a chick from a six-pack of eggs bought at convenience store Coop.

Agneta Linge from Rånäs just north of Stockholm got the idea from a Facebook page which explained how to spot a fertilized egg. Three weeks later…

“I saw a Facebook site called ‘people who have hatched shop eggs’ and I couldn’t help but try. I went to Coop and bought a six-pack of eggs which I put into an incubator machine. After 21 days, Olle appeared,” Linge told The Local.

Olle, or to give him his full title, Coop Olle, was still a surprise arrival the Swede admits. At the moment she isn’t entirely sure whether the chick is a she or a he, but whatever the gender, it’s living the good life with two new friends added for company.

“He’s called Coop Olle for now but we don’t know if it’s a hen or a rooster, we’ll find out down the line. He’s having a good time at the moment: because he was lonely we went to a farm and bought two chicks so he could have some company. All three live in a cardboard box with food and warmth now,” the amateur egg-hatcher explained.

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Linge insisted that anyone uneasy about eating eggs after hearing the story shouldn’t worry:

“There won’t be a chicken inside if it doesn’t sit under a hen or an incubator!”

Coop Olle even has his (or her?) own Facebook page. Photo: Agneta Linge

And after success at the first attempt, the hope is to follow Olle up with an additional friend.

“I have some new eggs sitting in the machine – a pack from (fellow supermarket chains) Willys and Ica – they’re fertilized, so we’ll find out what happens in a few weeks,” she concluded.