1. Twisted (wrapped) toes
Twisted toes are a typical artificial breeding problem which every peafowl breeder is faced with. Due to space reason in the egg, the toes are bent completely to the inside. After eclosion they normally will straighten up within the first hours. Unfortunately this works not always when you do artificial breeding. Many people are arguing this with a wrong or to high breeding temperature. Based on my observations I cannot agree to this argument. Based on my opinion and observation it is an issue how the chicks are doing after eclosion. The toes are only straightening up, if the chicks will stand as quick as possible on their legs and this is exactly the problem of artificial breeding.
After eclosion the chicks will stand under the wings of the hen. This is very easy then for the chicks, because supported by the wings the only have to straighten the legs and they don’t have to keep the balance just training the muscles of the legs.
Without hen they don’t have this chance, the chicks are willing to come onto their legs as soon as possible after eclosion, but they are not able to keep the balance falling down again and again. This ends up that they will lie the most of the time during the first two days after eclosion and this is the reason, why the toes are not straighten up correct. A general rule is, every toe which is not straight after 24 hours, will never get straight by themselves.
If this is the case, please tape or splint these toes straight for some days. It is completely unnecessary, that these poor bird have to live their whole life with twisted toes. This looks not only bad, it can also ends up, that males are not able to fertilize. Due to the twisted toes they are not able anymore to stay on the back of the hen during mating.