Wow! you do sound pretty nuts :) Appleyards are beautiful and the calls are too, although i have heard that they are really difficult, so i wish you lots of luck with that! At least with the chicken mama you should be able to breathe a little. We had a badger attack a few weeks ago and lost two of our chickens - we are in the middle of organising new fencing - we lifted the eggs and popped them into a very basic - but so far so good - incubator. If i survive the weekend, it will be lockdown on Tuesday which would be day 18. We put them in with our fingers crossed that some might be babies of the two we lost. It was a wing and a prayer really, but so far so good. Somehow, i feel less worried about them - probably because i have been focusing on my duck babies and have been a little obsessive. ;) Do you sell your chicks then, or it the bounty for pure pleasure? I don't know how you sleep. I have been dreaming about hatching chicks/ducklings for weeks and can think of little else i am so excited/nervous/anxious etc etc lol!