I am very new to the world of chickens. We have 6 leghorn chicks that we acquired 1 week ago today. We believe them to be just about 2 weeks old. Everything has been fine (and may still be) but tonight they all seem to be in a frenzie and I can't seem to figure out why. Over the past week they have all settled down around 8 or 8:30 and we don't hear much from them for the rest of the night but for the past two nights they have been very loud and active until very late. Last night when I checked the box I noticed that they had spilled their water all over, so I cleaned out the box put in fresh paper, shavings, food and water. They seemed to settle down so I didn't think anything else of it.
Now again, tonight they are all in a frenzie. They are peepling loudly, running around and just don't seem to want to settle. I can't seem to find any apparent problems. We have a warming lamp on the box and it appears to be a good temp, there's nothing obvious that I notice. They are all running around, pecking and scratching at the shavings (a little more intense than usual) and flying around the box.
Is this normal at this age? If so, that's fine, I just want to make sure there isn't a problem I'm missing. It seemed like a big change in behavior overnight. Am I missing anything obvious that I should look into? I will say that when ever I walk over to the box they all quiet down and settle in but a few minutes after I walk away they ramp up again. It's almost like they want me to settle in with them (which I'm not going to do). LOL!
Am I just being crazy? LOL! Any input would be appreciated.