I have a batch of 2 and 1/2 week old chicks (fourteen of them) in a makeshift brooder in my spare bedroom and lately over the past few days they've been going more and more berserk in there, although I'm not sure if it's just because of my presence in the room at the times when i'm observing this behavior. I'm also not sure if the brooder might be the cause of their craziness...it's 16 square feet and I don't know if that's too cramped for birds of their size or if something else is the problem. I just posted pics as well as a detailed description of it in the brooder thread, here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=4628486#p4628486 When I go in the room and do things like change their water or food they'll run crazily the other way and sometimes half-fly over to the other side. I'll also see pairs of them sort of "fly at" each other occasionally, as if they're fighting but they don't seem to be pecking or scratching, just flying up at each other in short bursts, making sort of screeching noises as they do. None of them appear injured or harmed, but they all seem pretty tightly wound and I was wondering what I could do about it. I've noticed that when I physically get in the brooder with them and kneel/sit down on their level, they're far less worried about me and will even come over to inspect me, albeit briefly and cautiously. The other thing I'm wondering about is if the heat lamp/temperature could be the problem. They started out with the heat lamp right over the brooder and the thermometer read about 92 or 93, then I tried moving it further away after the first week had gone by but that only made it go down to 89 or 90. I moved it into all different corners of the room, wherever I could find a place to clamp it, but the temp has remained between 88 - 90 since then. I moved it to one corner so that part of the brooder was in shadow so they could go there to escape the heat if they wanted and later on I found them all sleeping in the shadowed side, which made me think it was too hot. So then I moved the heat lamp even further away on the opposite side of the room so there was more shadow and less lit area and I checked on them later to find them all sleeping in the lit part. In both cases the temp was still right around 90. I'm not sure what else to do since the room isn't very big and there aren't many other places I could put the heat lamp...any suggestions? Any help or advice with calming them down or making them tamer would be great Thanks!