In chapter seven, Squealer announces that Napoleon has accepted a contract through Mr. Whymper for four hundred eggs a week in exchange for grain and meal to keep the farm going until summer, when conditions are easier. The hens raise a terrible outcry when they receive this information and begin to protest that taking their eggs away at this time is murder. Three young Black Minorca pullets stage a rebellion by flying up to the rafters, where they lay their eggs and smash them to pieces by rolling them onto the ground. Napoleon responds by ordering that their food rations be stopped and declares that any animal caught feeding the hens should be punished by death. Napoleon's dogs make sure that the rebelling hens are not fed, and nine hens die of starvation before the others capitulate and go back to their nesting boxes. Napoleon's harsh orders and callous nature depict him as a ruthless tyrant who is willing to kill anyone opposing his political agenda or challenging his authority.