When I first got my chicks on 3/20, my dad told me to just leave them in the brooder and not bother them. He said if my children or myself tried to pick them up very much it would kill them. Is this true? We have not held them, only picked them up to clean out the brooder, and they have done great! Let me tell you, it is soooo hard to just watch something that is so cute and not touch or pick them up!!! I have noticed that a lot of people on this forum hold their chicks. Can we do that without killing them? We did pick them up some yesterday and the kids had a ball! I hope it helped calm the chicks down some. They are getting to where they are scared any time we put our hands into the brooder to change/replenish the feed and water and I don't want that. I know this all sounds silly, but I just don't want to hurt them. I would feel terrible if they died because we wanted to hold them.