Team Found Fruit hatches eggs from a carton (really)

August 12, 2011 | By | Comments (4)

Team Found Fruit, based in Oakland, CA, are a group of intrepid foragers, gardeners, and Slow Food enthusiasts. The members live within a five-mile radius of one another, and are also creators and members of, a social networking website that helps connect community to local food and sustainable living practices. They’ve entered the One-Block Party contest with all the skill and gusto of their fruit-foraging, crab-and-eel-fishing, livestock-raising East Bay collective.

In Found Fruit’s last post, we learned that they’d successfully hatched one white Leghorn chick (which they named Harry Potter) from a carton of eggs they bought at the grocery store. Here, courtesy of team member Todd Voyageur, is the story in photos.

The Evolution of Harry Potter


  Eggs under lamp rotated

2 hatched

Harry just hatched

Harry a few hours later

Harry fluffier

Harry slightly bigger rotated

Harry rooster better

Photos by Todd Voyageur, team member

Posted by Margo True, Sunset Food Editor


  1. Gene Carter

    TODD !
    Was happy and SMILING …then open mouthed and hoping you were joking.!
    Hope all is well. Nice to see you on this site.

    November 5, 2014 at 7:07 am
  2. Todd Voyageur

    Hi, I’m the person who hatched this chicken. To answer your questions, yes these eggs came straight from the local grocery and had been refrigerated. I bought them on March 27 and they were coded for sale by April 8th, so I don’t know how long they were chilled, but assume at least a week.

    I had 7 eggs that were viable after 2 weeks. Unfortunately I was without a real incubator, just a light bulb in a box. There was an unexpected heat wave and I lost all but three of them. Finally after 23 days I opened the shells myself to see what was happening and found HP was the only one to have popped his membrane open. I slowly picked the shells open over a long night, giving them water using an eye-dropper and misting the open membrane to keep it moist. Two made it to the morning, but one died the next day. HP was the only one to make it which is why we named him Harry Potter: the chicken that lived. Unfortunately he turned out to be a rooster and we can’t have crowing in the city. On August 6th I butchered and brined him and my wife cooked the meat into an excellent paprikash. LLHP!

    August 23, 2011 at 11:27 pm
  3. Mrs. Robinson SF

    You just answered the question – the egg came first! (The only thing missing is a photo of the eggs this chicken has laid! Does it lay eggs?)

    August 17, 2011 at 6:39 am
  4. Margaret

    That’s pretty amazing! Were the eggs refrigerated when you bought them? Can baby chickens in the egg withstand some period of chilliness?

    August 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

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