So my wife and I live out in Oahu, HI and had a mother hen with 8 small baby chicks visit our front door this morning. We enjoyed them immensely and fed them some treats. The mother hen was very protective of these little guys. Now it is late afternoon and the baby chicks have congregated around our front door but with no mother hen. Of course we are concerned that the hen will not return. Should we step in a take care of the chicks. It would break our heart if the mongoose started to come in and pick them off.