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  • Fowler is the only rooster before Rocky comes along. Yet all the hens (save two) lay eggs before he appears and after he leaves, briefly. Think about it.
    • Further, the hens freely give away their eggs to be harvested, but only get really upset when they find out they're going to be harvested.
    • In Real Life, hens lay unfertilized eggs despite never having seen a rooster.
    • Modern hens in general are specifically bred to produce eggs without the help of a rooster. The eggs you buy at the supermarket and eat for breakfast are unfertilized.
      • (Which means you're eating chicken ''menstruations''.)
      • Oh please... Is that really any worse than eating Chicken Embryos? Still taste the same.
      • Agreed. Also, I can tell you from experience that hens don't need roosters around to lay eggs (I raise hens myself, I have several good laying hens and no rooster) and they don't care that much about their eggs unless, as the troper below says, they're going "broody" with them. In fact, if you take an egg right out from under a hen who's just laid it and throw it on the ground and break it, they will go totally nuts with excitement and they'll devour it, shell included. Also, as I can once again say from previous experience, some of them have no problem eating dead chicks, particularly if the chick died only partially hatched. Think about THAT in a human context.
      • Also, modern hens don't care if you walk off with their eggs, so long as they aren't sitting on them. An exception happens when a hen goes "broody," at which point she'll sit on about a dozen until they hatch. If you plan on taking * those* ....wear leather gloves.
      • If we look at it in the rules of the movie, the chickens are still prisoners and have little say in what happens to them; it's possible that they've been there long enough to get resigned to the fact that their eggs are going to be taken from them. Note that one of the things Ginger enthuses about when making her speech about life outside the farm is the freedom to keep their own eggs.
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    • More to the point, where do all those chicks come from at the end? Fowler and Rocky are still the only two Roosters.
      • They're probably all Rocky's - roosters aren't really into monogamy.
      • There's the off chance of wild roosters too.
      • The answer's pretty obvious isn't it? Fowler and Rockey got busy!
      • But....roosters can't lay eggs.
      • Many egg producers buy day-old chicks rather than hatching their own. You can have them shipped to you through the mail.
      • One mated pair of chickens can, in some cases, have large clutches of babies, so maybe the large amount of baby chickens at the end are separate clutches each belonging to different couples. One clutch was likely sired by Rocky with Ginger, while Fowler sired the other (probably with Bunty, considering the slight Ship Tease between them).
  • What seems to be bugging everyone here is Perfectly Normal Chicken Behavior. And old Fowler was plenty to make sure all the hens were taken care of, despite his age. Make of that what you will, but hey, they're just chickens.
    • Not quite; a typical rooster can service about 10 hens, so there were too many hens for Fowler. But for the reasons given above, the Tweedys wouldn't have cared whether any of the eggs were fertilized, unless they were sending them to a hatchery to be incubated.
  • If the Tweedys turned all their chickens into pies, that would be the end of their profits. They wouldn't have any chickens to make a second batch with, much less get rich or fill the stores with "box upon box of Mrs. Tweedy's Homemade Chicken Pies".
    • They would buy more chickens (for a price cheaper than what they'll be selling their pies for)
    • That's one option, but since they're already all set up to farm chickens it'd probably make more sense to buy a couple of roosters, depending on how much space they have and how many pies they want to make.
      • Being set up to raise chickens isn't the same thing as being set up to hatch chicks. Many meat chicken producers buy day-old chicks from hatcheries and raise them to butchering size.
    • This troper was bothered with that particular aspect of Mrs. Tweedy's plan, until he realized that Mrs. Tweedy is characterized as a sociopath. According to the Hare checklist, sociopaths and psychopaths tend to be deficient in long-term planning skills. Mrs. Tweedy will probably eat through the farm's capital (the chickens) for short-term profit. As an added bonus, Mr. Tweedy apparently inherited the farm from his father, so it would be entirely in character for Mrs. Tweedy to destroy her long-suffering husband's family business as a final cruelty to him.
  • I'm just wondering... in the final scene when it seems like Mrs. Tweedy cuts Ginger's head, and then we see that she just ducked, how is she able to hold the lights with all of Mrs. Tweedy's bodyweight for several seconds?
  • Hey wait. Why would Mrs. Tweedy not believe Mr. Tweedy about the chickens being organized? 2 minutes into the movie and they're forming lines and standing at her attention!
    • I think what it means is that Mrs. Tweedy believes the chickens to be stupid and blindly obedient (hence the lining up,) while Mr. Tweedy believes they're smarter than that and are hiding something.
    • Someone else mentioned this in the Fridge, but basically, since Mr. Tweedy had been relegated to patrolling the farm, he had witnessed first hand, and stopped, Ginger's escape attempts. Also, he noticed that whenever anything strange happened, whether an escape attempt or if the chickens were demonstrating some "un-chicken like" behavior, Ginger was always around, thus he deduced that Ginger was the one organizing them.
  • Why the Tweedys always refer to each other by "Mr" and "Mrs" and never by their first name ?
    • It's heavily implied that they only ever got married for business purposes. They don't like each other enough to refer to one another any other way.
    • That was quite common in rural Yorkshire at that time.
      • Even more common in older times, where even amiable couples would refer to each other like that. Victorian novels are full of examples like that.
    • In the Norwegian dub (and possibly others) Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy were given the first names of Sissel and Mikkel respectively (while "Tweedy" became "Tvilsheim"), though they kept the formality by calling each other's full names.
  • Where'd Rocky get that tricycle? We see him suddenly riding a trike with no explanation of how he got it. Where did he get that trike?
    • He stole it from a toddler in a deleted scene.
  • The Pie Machine is awesome visually, but it does have me asking an important question: just how much unused space does that machine actually have? So you attach chickens by their feet to the conveyor belt, and they're dropped into the main part of the machine along with the vegetables. The veggies are chopped up offscreen and all that, but then where do the chicken choppings go? The indication is that they're ground up by the gears right below, but then why the ramp between the grinder and the dough flattening station?
  • How come Ginger didn't have a pedal station in the Crate? She's lounging around in the main area, but she's not pedaling? What's up with that? Is this leader's privilege or something that she didn't have to pedal or something?
    • I'd call it leader's privilege, but it's not all unjustified. Without Ginger, the chickens can't organize or plan for crap. She had been coming up with dozens of plans for all of them to escape their certain death (when she could've escaped on her own if she wanted to, probably; Rocky made it look easy to do it on your own) and she was almost always in the most risky spot, she had the overall idea of the Crate and was supervising the whole thing, probably including how Fowler would pilot it. She's also great at boosting the others' morality. I think it's fair to assume that this time they told her "Nah, it's okay, no need for you to pilot this time, just check if everyone's going well".
    • Also, keep in mind that Fowler was initially in the pedal section, before revealing that he never flew a plane. So they probably planned "We have X chickens, Fowler will be in front, and Mac will be in Navigations." But during the entire flight, Fowler's old seat remains vacant. That was probably planned to be Ginger's, she just never got a chance to take that seat on-camera.
  • I'm getting this off the Characters section. I had the impression that Nick at least always knew Rocky was lying about laying eggs but just wanted to see the chickens make fools of themselves (I'm thinking especially his "Sucker" comment to Fetcher). Fetcher, at least, would have been dim-witted enough to not know that and genuinely thought roosters laid eggs. Is there one way or another to know definitely if Nick was just as ignorant until the "But roosters don't lay eggs, do they?" comment, and that he did actually ask his mum?
    • I think you're giving Nick way too much credit here. He and Fetcher are pretty much the stereotypical Those Two Guys you get in movies like this: one fat and short (Nick), one tall and thin (Fetcher), both stupid but one that's slightly more sensible/Genre Savvy than the other. Emphasis on the slightly. Nick certainly considers himself wildly superior in intelligence than Fetcher but that's not really saying much. The rats are basically the rodent equivalent of shady, bordering-on-con-men salesmen. The "sucker" comment after they make the deal with Rocky is probably due to the fact that he and Fetcher clearly think they're getting the better end of the deal and have essentially swindled Rocky out of a month's worth of eggs (note how they're trying to "big up" the heist when they got the items they're delivering at the start of the scene, making it seem more daring than it probably was). Likewise, his "it's a lady thing, apparently. Ask your mum" comment with regards to eggs (again, note the use of "apparently" as well as his expression/tone as he's speaking) indicates that he didn't know until then but was able to at least figure it out and is just trying to keep up his image as being "the smart one".
  • Why didn't Rocky just come forward and tell the chickens that he couldn't actually fly when Ginger asks him to teach them? Not only does he not do this, but he withholds the fact that he was actually fired from a cannon, thereby putting himself in a difficult situation when he is forced to fruitlessly teach them how to fly or otherwise be sent back to the circus. Wouldn't it be easier for both him and the chickens if he just told them the truth right away?
    • It seems fair to say that Rocky did not plan ahead for anything. Far as we can tell, even before his initial escape attempt went awry, he had no larger goal than 'get away from the circus'. If anything, Rocky was probably always going to escape on his own once his wing healed up.
    • Also, the situation only comes up in degrees. At first, he's just enjoying all the attention he's getting. Then Ginger asks him if it's him on the poster, which he admits - again, clearly enjoying the attention. As soon as Ginger brings up the matter of him teaching them to fly, he tries to leave but is stopped by the circus truck arriving to look for him. Ginger works out he's hiding from them and makes him a deal: he teaches them to fly, they keep him hidden. Rocky has literally no incentive to refuse the deal, since he still doesn't take the plight of the chickens that seriously. To him, Ginger's just some dreamer and the other chickens are all more than happy to fawn over him. It's not until the moment he sees the chickens all depressed that he truly becomes at all invested in what actually happens to then and by then he's in way too deep with the deception to just tell them the truth.
    • Rocky tries to tell Ginger the truth after the dance scene, but he was interrupted by the delivery truck. After rescuing Ginger from the pie machine, and listening her tell the others that he'll teach them to fly tomorrow, he feels guilty and can't bring himself to reveal the truth. So he left the other half of his poster before leaving. Had he verbally told the hens the truth, then their disappointment would have been more painful than it needed to be.

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