Not-Felix the Cat is the foreman at an "egg plant," where chickens lay henfruit for their employer, Alice. As the short begins, Not-Felix hears singing:



Can't nail down the lyric exactly, but it's your basic blues song.



The hens march off to lay eggs, and the gags are what you'd expect - and what you'd get 25 years later when Porky Pig did the same routine. Some hens cannot lay. Then they can. Much grunting. So you think it's just a mild rural comedy, and then - HUH?




A Bolshevik chicken. He promptly stirs up trouble:








The hens organize a union and stop laying eggs. This causes a problem, since Alice has to deliver 5,000 eggs; what to do? She pits worker against worker by arranging a prize-right between two roosters who are already coming to blows over doctrinal differences, and she charges an egg for admission. In the end she has 5,000 eggs . . .



. . . she leaps into the truck . . .



The books are not screwing around. They procure cannons to fire metallic projectiles at the child and the animals. The reasons for this are not clear except that the teacher is mean.



. . . transforming into animated form en route. This would seem to contradict the very premise of the shorts, but what the hell.


Sixteen years later:




Here's the cartoon.