The chicks are still in a small 60 sf brooder house. We wanted to give them an outing and some fresh air so we carried each one to a fenced in area of the farm. They cautiously pecked around for an hour until a mongoose snuck real close and scared them silly. I heard a chick crying real loud and came running. We saw the mongoose slipping away and I panicked that he had hurt one of my babies. They were all safe but traumatized. We quickly whisked them all back into the brooder. I have been setting traps for a couple of months in preparation of these chicks coming but it is impossible to get rid of all the mongoose. This incident really shook me up and revealed my growing attachment to my “babies”. I am seeking counsel from locals about when it is safe to release them outside.