This year is my third attempt at trying to raise the supposedly "easy to breed" Red Golden Pheasants and this year has not started off any better than the last two. The first pheasant I had try to hatch died trying to hatch. The second pheasant did actually hatch but has a messed up foot, and I have a third who's still trying to hatch. I can't upload a picture because this site decided to change everything and it's not working right, but basically, his right foot is fine and his left foot's toes are half crippled. He cannot walk properly. I feed the parents the recommended percentage of protein in their diet. I offer them leafy greens(though they only eat a little). They're given more than enough space and clean water. I had this same crippled foot thing happen to me last year when I incubated the pheasant eggs via a Silkie hen, and was told it may have been due to them being incubated at a slightly higher temperature than what they need. So this year I incubated them with an incubator, something I do when I breed my Silkies but don't have a broody hen on hand. I've had lots of success with this incubator and have no reason to believe anything went wrong during the incubation process. Is there ANYTHING I can do to help the chicks that hatch this way? What might I be doing wrong? If there's nothing I can do to help this chick, I will be humanely euthanizing it on Thursday. I saw what happened to the chicks last year who had this crippled foot condition - they slowly lose function in both legs and are forced to squirm around on their belly and I will not force these chicks to do that again this year. Also, this may be a factor in why so many of the chicks are being born with a crippled foot(some are born normal, by the way), but I recently found out the parents are related. The breeder I bought them from only had one female and two males, meaning at the very least my pair are half siblings. But I do not want to skip straight to that conclusion if there are other possibilities for why I've been hatching crippled pheasants.