8 May 2015
In the wake of the sad and untimely loss of Princess Sparkles, Milky Way is undertaking a bold new social experiment – the Chicken Commune – in which all chickens are equal. She has refused to assume the role of Top Chook and instead has taken to addressing her chickeny friends as “comrade”. She is avidly reading “Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung” and is additionally organising a study trip to Cuba. The other commune members are quite happy with the new arrangements, although the silkies, Theodora and Hildegarde, do wonder if some chickens are more equal than others, on the regular occasions they are trampled in the rush for chicken treats. Milky Way suggests that their views should not be coloured by their recent perusal of Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. She explains that the larger commune members cannot be blamed for failing to notice their more vertically challenged comrades in the excitement of the moment, and helpfully suggests they check online for hi-vis jackets in size XXXXXXXXXXXXS.