Out of curiousity, how much should young chicks be handled? When I was a kid we had laying hens and I remember my Mom never let me hold any of the chicks. I also remember that none of them were what I would call pet friendly when they grew up. They only came to you for food and then it was toss it and run or risk getting your fingers pecked off. We will be getting some little banties very soon and I know my daughter will want to hold them every chance she gets. While I know Mom must have had a good reason to not let me hold any chicks, I don't know what it was other than maybe they would poop all over me or she was afraid I would hold one to long and cause it to overheat or something. My kiddo has been around small animals since the day she was born and I have no worries over her holding one and handling it gently.