HI~ I received 4 baby chicks last week from MPC. One of my little Barred Rocks didn't look well right out of the box and it took her much longer to "perk up" than the other girls. Right from the start she had a problem with pasty butt. She is now a week old and I'm still having to clean her bottom twice a day. She is starting to get swollen and a little raw back there and her vent looks like it's protruding. I've been very gentle while cleaning using warm water and q-tips. I have also been putting a touch of grape seed oil on when I'm finished cleaning. I noticed last night after I cleaned her that she immediately had a large, very loose, BM. However it all just ran down her bottom and was very messy....so again I cleaned her up. I'm afraid all the cleaning is stressing her out and contributing to the pasty butt but there is no way I can just leave it, her bottom getting completely crusted over. Now that is it swollen, raw, and protruding the other little chicks have started to take notice and I'm afraid they are going to start pecking at her...I know how out of the hand that can get! What else can I do for her? Should I separate her from the others? I read about adding a sprinkle of baking soda to the water to help with pasty butt, is that true? I had a hen once that had prolapsed and I put Preparation H on her and that really helped with the swelling, can I use some on this little girl? Any help is greatly appreciated, I hate to lose the little girl!