1 Nine hens had died in the meantime.
2 When the hens heard this, they raised a terrible outcry.
3 To that horror we all must come--cows, pigs, hens, sheep, everyone.
4 "Jones used sometimes to mix some of it in our mash," said one of the hens.
5 Even the hens and ducks came, and were at pains not to tread on the chalk marks.
6 For five days the hens held out, then they capitulated and went back to their nesting boxes.
7 Even the ducks and hens toiled to and fro all day in the sun, carrying tiny wisps of hay in their beaks.
8 Led by three young Black Minorca pullets, the hens made a determined effort to thwart Napoleon's wishes.
9 There was no wastage whatever; the hens and ducks with their sharp eyes had gathered up the very last stalk.
10 One Sunday morning Squealer announced that the hens, who had just come in to lay again, must surrender their eggs.
11 The hens woke up squawking with terror because they had all dreamed simultaneously of hearing a gun go off in the distance.
12 The hens, said Napoleon, should welcome this sacrifice as their own special contribution towards the building of the windmill.
13 It was also found that the stupider animals, such as the sheep, hens, and ducks, were unable to learn the Seven Commandments by heart.
14 He ordered the hens' rations to be stopped, and decreed that any animal giving so much as a grain of corn to a hen should be punished by death.
15 But everyone worked according to his capacity The hens and ducks, for instance, saved five bushels of corn at the harvest by gathering up the stray grains.
16 The hens perched themselves on the window-sills, the pigeons fluttered up to the rafters, the sheep and cows lay down behind the pigs and began to chew the cud.
17 In the middle of the summer the animals were alarmed to hear that three hens had come forward and confessed that, inspired by Snowball, they had entered into a plot to murder Napoleon.
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18 The three hens who had been the ringleaders in the attempted rebellion over the eggs now came forward and stated that Snowball had appeared to them in a dream and incited them to disobey Napoleon's orders.
19 A stump of hay and part of the potato crop were sold off, and the contract for eggs was increased to six hundred a week, so that that year the hens barely hatched enough chicks to keep their numbers at the same level.
20 At the beginning, when the laws of Animal Farm were first formulated, the retiring age had been fixed for horses and pigs at twelve, for cows at fourteen, for dogs at nine, for sheep at seven, and for hens and geese at five.