Poulette is not like other hens. Instead of scratching for bugs and laying eggs, she practices pirouettes and grand jetes. When Percival, a pompous, obnoxious peacock, moves into the barnyard, Poulette challenges him to a talent show. For her act, she coaches the other hens to perform with her in a ballet Hen Lake . How Poulette inspires her chicken corps de ballet to give the performance of their lives proves what Poulette has known all along: "An ordinary hen can be anything she wants to be, but under those fancy feathers, a peacock is just a long-necked chicken."