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Is it safe to hold 4 day old chicks? we were told if we held them before a week old they would die
 

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You can hold them, just be very gentle and make sure they're not away from the heat lamp for long.
 

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Yes , hold those chicks. I have never heard of them dying if held to early. We have always held ours from day 1 once they fluff out.
 

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I wouldn't let small children hold them, or new kittens or new puppies, and you should wash your hands first (to protect them) and wash your hands after (for your protection - chickens do carry salmonella) and make sure your hands are warm. I handled my 8 chicks, that was early March, and they are all still here.
 

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My husband and I have held our chicks from the first day as well as the entire family. All are fine!
 
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