Today I stopped at the feed store after work to pick up some black oil sunflower seeds for treats for my hen, and couldn't resist looking at the chicks. Two of the Speckled Sussex had pasted butts, and I tried to tell the store help that it needed to be gently cleaned off, that it could eventually kill them. The clerk told me that most people buy them for pets and don't mind!! I offered to take them at a discount, but that didn't happen, so I went on home. BUT...i couldn't stop thinking about those poor chicks, so now they are with my five SLW's in the brooder, with clean, dry butts. Now my question-was it a compassionate rescue or rationalization for more chicks???