This is my chicks' second day here, they were hatched on the 9th, ordered from MPC. Picking them up at the PO and getting them settled went very well. Only one dead chick out of 16. Everyone is eating and drinking vigorously. I have Sav-A-Chick in their water and am feeding Purina Start-N-Grow Medicated chick feed. Today I moved them off of newspaper and checked each chick over carefully. Four were pasted shut. I had read about this, now was the time to act. No toothpicks for me tho, my hands aren't that steady! Instead, I poured a steel bowl of warm (chick-temperature 103F) water, held the chick lightly in my hand, feet and wings contained in my palm, beak up, vent down and gently lowered its rear in to the water for a full 30 seconds. They seemed to enjoy this, no struggling, one even dozed off. Then i brought the chick out of the water, turned it belly up and wiped the now-softened mass gently with a washcloth wrapped finger. Bingo, there's a little pink vent under that junk! Each chick rewarded me with a massive poop once i set them back under the heat lamp. Pasting is a common problem and is fatal if not remedied. This vent-cleaning was not difficult to do for me or the chicks, even with bad close-vision and shaky hands. The chicks are all dozing now. I have added a small heavy ceramic tray of local river sand to the brooder, as i have read that pasting can be minimized with grit. Worth a try, and I'll keep my eyes on their behinds. So far so good!