I am new to keeping baby chicks. I've had about a dozen chickens for over a year, but never raised baby chicks. I bought 10 from the local feed store and one in particular concerns me. I read on this great website about pasting, so I've been watching my chicks carefully for this. One of my little ones in particular has a small ball of waste stuck, below his "vent" but when I tried to wipe it away with some mineral oil I could see blood underneath and it really hurt or scared him. Is it possible that I have a cockrel instead of a hen and I am messing with the wrong thing? I'm sorry if that's naive, but I'm not familiar with chicken anatomy and from what I read, even the professionals have a hard time telling. Either way I'm sure the ball of poo should not be there, but I'm afraid to hurt him. I know his vent is not blocked, so I'm sure that he's evactuating as he should. Otherwise I would think, too bad if it hurts him, I don't want to kill him. Also, I don't want him to associate me picking him up with pain. Help! Are there really supposed to be two holes back there? Thanks for any help you can offer, Sincerely, Newby!