I bought three Sultan chicks that are two weeks old from a chicken swap this past Saturday. I've grown obsessed with reading this lovely forum for the sake of my chick's health and well being. I am determined to get my chicks used to humans by holding them as often as possible. But because I'm somewhat of a germephobe, the amount of times a day I can hold the chicks is limited by how often I can change my clothes. I put paper towels on my lap, but they still tend to good to the bathroom on my pants instead. Though I only hold them once or twice a day, I do spend long periods of time watching them in front of their brood, since I find their behavior simply fascinating. They always see me watching them, and they watch me back. My question is, does seeing humans help them get used to humans? Also, about my mild germephobia, is washing your hands after handling chicks a matter of life or death, or am I just reeeaaally paranoid?