I am totally new to raising chickens so this may be a silly question, but are chickens extremely social animals? My chickens are 24 weeks and we have raised them since they were chicks. Here is why I ask my question: 1. My EE starts squawking at around 7am. Sounds like a car alarm, rhythmic and continuous until we go out and feed her. 2. Whenever we go outside all three 1 EE and 2 Red Sexlinks come to the run's door and wait. Nugget actually pecks at the wire until I open it. 3. I just went outside while they were running around the backyard and they came all the way across the yard, jumped/flew up to my deck and stopped next to me. They then waited for me to pet them. After I was done petting them, they kept coming after me as if I didn't pet them enough. It was crazy. Other question: 1. Why do they sleep under their coop (it's lifted off the ground) instead of inside the coop?? Thanks in advance.