How does Napoleon deal with the mutiny of the hens, and what is the result?

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In chapter 6, Napoleon announces that Animal Farm will begin to trade with neighboring farms in order to obtain certain necessary materials. He also mentions that the farm will be trading its eggs and mentions that the hens should welcome the opportunity to sacrifice for the good of the farm. In chapter 7, Squealer announces that the hens must surrender their eggs in order to meet the contract for four hundred eggs per week. The hens are shocked and stage a protest by flying to the rafters, where they proceed to lay their eggs and roll them onto the ground instead of allowing the pigs to collect them for the contract. Napoleon acts swiftly by ordering the hens' food rations to be stopped and decrees that any animal caught giving the hens food will be punished by death. The hens hold out for five days until they eventually capitulate and return to their nesting boxes. Over the course of the five days, nine hens die of starvation.

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In Chapter 7, the hens stage a bit of a mutiny.  Napoleon has told them that their eggs are going to be taken and sold because the farm needs to buy food to survive.  The problem is that Animalism is against selling things like eggs.

Because of this, the hens start smashing their eggs so they can't be sold.  Napoleon then starves a bunch of them to death.  He says that anyone who gives them food dies.  He lets nine of them die and then the rest fall in line and do what he says.


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