Hello everyone. I introduced myself awhile ago but haven't posted since then. Thanks to this wonderful forum of knowledge I decided to buy 12 baby chicks. I picked the cuties up last Friday so it has been four glorious days of mothering them. Well, sadly one baby passed away Friday night, so there are only 11 now. But they are doing great. I monitor the heat very carefully. Change their water three times a day. Clean their food container twice daily. Clean their pine shavings twice daily. This is the first time raising/having chickens and I want to make sure I am doing everything right. Anyway, the chicks are 3 Americaunas, 2 Mottled Houdans, 3 Silkie White Batams and 3 Gold Laced Polish. I do have a question. After doing a lot of research I am confused about wether to pick up the babies and get them used to being handled or not touching them until they are older. I've read that handling them will cause stress and could kill them. Hope you don't mind if I ask more questions. I want the babies to be healthy and happy. Thanks.