This early morning as I was in bed, I woke up hearing a chick chirping a bit more than others. I didn't think much of it, considering that in these days I occasionally heard that type of chirp and it stopped as soon as I entered the room and talked to the chicks. I thought it was becoming sort of an attention thing. Anyhow, I decided to get up to check and by the time I got there the chick was already dead upside down. I inspected it, and it had a pasty butt... and I feel guilty as heck. Last night I could I have sworn I looked at every chicks butt as my normal inspection routine before going to bed. I cleaned a couple that weren't pasted up just a bit dirty, and I checked all and all were clean. I thought I was on top of everything, and was getting good at preventing it by cleaning any dirty butts when the poop was fresh, watching for signs of trouble before going to bed and checking throughout the day. Never could I imagine that a chick could get pasty butt in the middle of the night and just die first thing in the morning so fast. This was a healthy chick before going to bed. I had chicks with pasty butts before but I thought it would take some time for enough poop to accumulate and cause death. This is an eye opener for sure, and now I am a bit afraid to go to bed or go out to the store. I guess anytime I am going to hear chirping like that I will have to rush and check on them ASAP. No time to change clothes, put shoes on or any of that. Below is the dead chick's butt. Poor thing. I feel terrible that I didn't rush in time, possibly could have saved it and I was just a minute or two late.