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Fridge Brilliance

  • Mrs. Tweedy's skepticism about the chickens being organized is further compounded by the fact that she almost never personally works with the chickens herself. Mr. Tweedy is the one who runs all the guard-patrols, while she handles the farm's finances. She's never seen any of their escape attempts, so she isn't aware of them using any complex tricks or plans. Mr. Tweedy meanwhile has seen all these hi-jinx himself so he's all too aware of it.
    • It may even be why she doesn't believe him: she just thinks he's losing his mind from hanging around chickens all day and night for too long. She doesn't think too highly of his intelligence to begin with, and his inability to keep (supposedly) dumb flightless birds from escaping their secure pen doesn't help his credibility at all.
  • Rocky and Fowler's polar opposite reactions to having their true natures exposed can actually be pinpointed to their upbringings. Rocky was in the Circus, so when the time came for him to face the truth, he ran away. That kind of "care-free" lifestyle he wanted meant he didn't want to face down the disappointment that came after he built everyone up so much. Fowler by contrast was a military bird. So when his failing came out, despite his building himself up as well, he faced it head on like a good soldier would.
  • Rocky and Fowler take an immediate dislike to each other, and spend most of the movie with an antagonistic relationship. This makes a lot of sense because they're both roosters, and roosters are known to fight like crazy with each other if forced to coexist (usually to the death in real life).
    • Not entirely true; two or even three roosters can coexist if they have a lot of space and many enough hens to "share" between them. If forced to live in too close of a proximity to each other, however, then yes, chances are it won't end well.

Fridge Horror

  • In the scene where it's discovered Edwina hasn't laid any eggs, Ginger whispers to Bunty, "Why didn't you give her some of yours?" Bunty replies, "I would have, but she didn't tell me. She didn't tell anybody." Since going a week without laying eggs lands a chicken on the chopping block at the Tweedy's farm, which has already been established as a pretty rotten place to be, Edwina effectively committed suicide.
    • If this is true, then it ties back into the "chicken farm as a concentration camp" idea: plenty of prisoners in those camps during the Holocaust were well aware that they weren't getting out and were so miserable from the literally endless work and horrible living conditions that they willingly accepted their destined murders as their only possible relief.
    • Either that, or she became essentially a martyr. Seeing an usually productive hen such as Bunty lay less eggs than usual could have been taken as a sign that she wouldn't have been worth keeping within some weeks. And that could be said of any other chicken. Edwina simply preferred to accept her fate rather than risk having someone else be unjustly killed because of her.
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    • Or, as is my guess, Edwina was really stupid. Let's face it, most of these Chickens aren't exactly the brightest bulbs in a pack of light bulbs. These Chickens spend all of their time thinking of escaping, and Egg laying seems to be a secondary thing to them, especially Ginger. Many of them, even the smarter ones, also seem to lack common sense. Edwina could have easily forgotten to ask out of her devotion to the escape, not because she was suicidal or trying to be inspirational...
    • Later, we get treated to a scene inside of the Tweedys' house, where the bones of a roasted chicken sit on the dinner table, picked clean. It's pretty obvious what happened.
  • The main page doesn't omit the fact that Tweedy's Farm is a Crapsack World. Real chickens in factory farming have it much, much worse. At least these chickens can go outside.
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  • It's a very good reason why the chickens are shown living on a small island at the end. Had they settled down in a field or in the woods, they would be living under the constant threat of predators instead.

Fridge Logic

  • Naturally, an egg will only hatch a chick if the mother hen bred with a rooster. Which means that all the chicks we see at the end would be either all Ginger and Rocky's offspring, or the guy ... ensured everyone's eggs would give them one. Although it probably plays by the fictional rule that an egg always hatches if it doesn't end up as food.
    • It probably plays by that other fictional rule of Babies Ever After, implying that they are Ginger's and Rocky's. We are supposed to treat their procreation as the human variety, not the chicken one.
      • Well, that would work partly. Considering that chickens may lay multiple fertilized eggs at once, all the chicks seen could be Ginger and Rocky's even if they just bred once. In fact, a quick google search explains that a chicken may lay up to 14 fertilized eggs from one single copulation. So yes, it's entirely possible that all those chicks we see are Ginger and Rocky's. Hey, perhaps the sequel will let us in on the answer.
    • Well, Fowler might also have *ahem* contributed, though there's no indication that he's considered a Silver Fox by any of the hens.
    • Fowler had quite a few other chickens dancing with him in the earlier scene.
    • Many of the chicks are blue eyed while Ginger and Rocky have green and brown eyes respectively. Some other combination had to have happened.
      • If we assume that eye color genetics work the same here as they do in real humans, keep in mind that blue eyes are recessive when faced with anything else. Ginger and Rocky(and Fowler and/or any of the other hens, for that matter—no-one said all of those chicks were Ginger and Rocky's) could very well be carriers for that trait, making blue-eyed chicks plausible.
    • In the final scene, when Bunty is pushing Babs in the swing, on the tree behind her there's a heart with something that looks like 'Bunty 4 Fowler'. Maybe some of the chicks are theirs?
  • Let's talk directionality here. In the movie's climax, Mrs. Tweedy falls through the hole in the shed's front, landing in her own pie machine. However, the plane took off in the opposite direction of the house and shed, and there was no indication that Fowler turned around while in the air. Rule of Cool is likely in effect here, but still, kinda weird how Mrs. Tweedy fell into a house that was in the complete opposite direction of their flight path.
    • This Troper remembers the plane making a pretty drastic turn before that scene.
  • Mrs. Tweedy has every reason to be skeptical when her husband tells her that the chickens are organized. Or, rather, she would, if it weren't for the fact that the chickens are clearly wearing articles of clothing, some of which were probably knitted by Babs. So if the chickens are obviously smart enough to know what clothing is, and smart enough to make it, too, why would it be illogical to conclude they're organized?
  • It's pretty bad financial sense to slaughter ALL of your stock in one big go. However, it may be an In-Universe example as Mrs. Tweedy just wanted to Kill 'Em All and not be a chicken farmer anymore.
    • Given her belief that going into the pie-making business would make her rich, she probably figured the pies would be so profitable she'd have money left over to buy more chickens, fatten them up, and toss them into the machine. Lather, rinse repeat. Kind of like how logging companies plant new trees after chopping down old ones.
  • Something that always bugged This Troper: Why did Mrs Tweedy marry Mr Tweedy in the first place? If they actually dated and got to know each other, she must have known he was just a small-time chicken farmer. Unless she charged head on into the relationship without learning anything about him first.
    • In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scene in the beginning, we see Mrs. Tweedy looking at a profits chart, which started high but has since gone down drastically. Maybe her husband's family was rich once and she married him for his money.
  • In the scene with the pie machine, we're shown how Rocky escapes the shredder; by grabbing a bar. We are not shown how Ginger did. It's around 1:10

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