do chickens "pant"? why do they leave the beaks open a bit (looks like they are dying of thirst, though there are two fresh tanks of cool water REAL near by in the coop. anyway, ... is the slightly open beak normal? YES. warm weather finally came today in western WA. BUT, one of my welsummers had a goopy eye at tuck in time tonight. 14 wks old, all (6 total) are beautifully, thankfully healthy otherwise. Does anyone have a magic checklist for cream colored exudate from one eye? My birds were 'pampered' with meal worms and watermelon today (in addition to regular medicated chick feed and scratch) and all looked fine. THANKS FOR any eye goop and 'panting' advice! sincerely, the party "previously known as 7peeplings since after de-roostering the flock we are six!"