I ordered 50 pheasant chicks from my usual guy under the impression that I was to pay X amount and had to order a min. of 50. Well, apparently I got them from his stock and am paying quite a bit less(and getting 3 more) which I thought was a bargain. Then, after about only 8 hrs, they start dropping. They will seperate themselves, peep hoarse, raspy sounding peeps, lay down, gasp for air and die. They have food(game bird starter), water, a 75 watt bulb on them in a room that is at least 80 degrees, and now have straw for bedding(they had paper towel yesterday). I called my guy, lets call him Chet, and explained what is happening(so far I have lost 12!). He told me that they aren't getting enough heat and that I need to have at least a 100 watt bulb on them and that is why they're suffering. He then proceeded to tell me that if they've been chilled, I should get some tksajhfoaisf(whatever it is in medicated chick feed) and that should help. Now, I still haven't paid for them because since they were from his private stock, he couldn't use the credit card machine and I didn't have cash on me. I'm supposed to go in today to pick up a cockeral that I ordered and pay for the pheasants. he's not offering any replacement or taking off of what I owe him. I think he knows they're sick and is trying to put the blame on me which makes me wary of ordering anything from him again. I don't want to have to pay for dead birds, even if it was a deal- they're still not cheap! Not to mention, I'm expecting an order of meat birds from him AND an order of chukars. Do I cancel my orders and go somewhere else? The problem with that is that the season for these gamebirds is at an end and I was pleased to find that Chet can still get them. Well, anyway, I started feeding the medicated chick feed to the pheasant chicks about and hour or 2 ago and they seem to be doing ok. Any thoughts, suggestions?