I went to the feed store today to get a few more little fluffy butts when a particular chick caught my eye. For starters...the conditions for the older chicks are HORRID. TINY brooders packed wing to wing with chicks, so naturally the pecking and picking at each other is going to be a problem. I happened to notice this decent sized cochin chick being totally mutilated by a younger chick. I didn't really think anything of it until the cochin turned its back to me. The poor thing had blood gushing from around it's vent area. Me being a vet student who wants to specialize in poultry I didn't hesitate to snatch up the cochin and then instructed my boyfriend to go into the store and tell someone to come out. The clerk came out and I said "This chick is in bad shape." I figured he would take it inside and put it in the brooder with the other chicks that were in bad shape. NOPE. All he did was dump a TON of that Rooster booster "peck no more" crap all over its vent and then put it back. THE STUFF REEKED!! What I want to know is people's opinions on that stuff. I mean he dumped A LOT of it on the poor thing, to the point where it was dripping off of her and then put her back in with the rest of the chicks. Just an FYI I brought the little girl home. My boyfriend saw that I was disturbed by how she was treated and told me to go get her so I could take her home and care for her.