FIVE hens and three ducklings hatched in Surrey after a 228-mile journey by special delivery from their home in Chester.
Peter Hulmston, 46, who works on reception at Chester's Royal Mail Centre, has a small holding in Dodleston which he runs with the help of his dad and two children.
They gradually expanded the business and Peter decided to advertise their eggs online.
He said: 'A teacher from Surrey got in touch and asked if she could have some duck and hen eggs for a school project.
'I was a little bit wary of putting them in the post, I know better than most that the Royal Mail have a bad reputation of delivering things intact and I wondered if the eggs would survive.
'I put them in a polystyrene container and sent them by special delivery, first the duck eggs and then the hen eggs, they got there without a crack in them and eight of them hatched.
'Jane Garrod at the school has been sending me pictures of the children with the ducklings and the hen chicks and it is great to see them getting so much pleasure from them.'
Mrs Garrod, who teaches at St Chris-topher's School in Epsom, said: 'Every year we do this project with the four- to five-year-olds but our local supplier let us down this time.
'I went on the internet and found Peter, I thought it was a long shot that they would get here in one piece but they did.
'We got the six duck eggs first and put them in the incubator and three of them hatched. When the six hen eggs arrived and five chicks hatched.
'The kids love it. They have been sitting cross-legged on the floor with the ducklings and chicks running around them. It teaches them how to look after animals.
'Peter has been great and I will definitely be using him again next year.'