Alice and Patrick are down to two chickens and their rooster. A hawk got one of the chickens not long ago. Then, shortly after that the hawk was back looking for another meal. This time the two chickens hid in the brush while the rooster did battle with the hawk. Finally Patrick came out of the house and the hawk retreated.
The chickens have now been given an enlarged home to stretch their legs and from what I can ascertain it's hawk proof. On the roof of their new place are two anti-aircraft batteries, one manned (manned?) by field mice and the other by rabbits - all allies against owls and hawks.
Patrick's friend James built the addition for the chickens. (Actually we all call James "friend" but he is especially Patrick's friend since they grew up together.) The thing is that the rooster doesn't care for James, he has attacked him more than once. I don't get it. James built the rooster and his chickens a nice new house. James doesn't look like a hawk, nor does he look like an owl, nor a fox, nor a weasel - James looks like a good old country boy, which he in fact is. James even drives a pickup; now how may hawks or owls have you seen drive a pickup?