i have 3-day-old chicks and one suddenly looked like pasty butt had arrived. when i started unpasting, i realized that the chick had a shell chip just below the vent. i soaked and soaked and that thing was just not coming off. i began to panic that chick was starting to get really cold. so i clipped the shell off as far away from the body as i could. stuck the chick back under the brooder. then i panicked and wondered if this was a horrible idea.