1. Sitting on the new chicks with beak open, gasping for air - is this common, or should we be concerned. Days unusually warm - would that be the cause? also have one other chicken doing the same (not on brood), concerned about respiratory issue, and of course passing on to chicks.
2. What I know is Mother hen is a do-it-yourself process for newborns, and she needs to stay near for warmth. That said we have them all in a dog crate inside the coop, and she hasnt pooped in at least 48 hours. Should I be concerned, do something about it? Force her to take a run in the run? Let her go? What should we expect?