This is a reenactment only.
Yesterday, for a snack and since they were begging so prettily, I threw out a piece of bread. When I tore it, one piece was much smaller than the other, so I tore the larger piece again. All three pieces landed about the same time. Thelma claimed her piece and Maggie May started pecking the other.
Maggie May abruptly left her portion and took Thelma's piece. Maggie May took the purloined piece back to her original piece and laid the new piece right on top of her first piece. This was not a food chase as usual. Maggie May was very deliberate and not in a hurry at ll. Thelma looked and found the third piece and pecked it. I could not believe my eyes! She did not chase Maggie May. Maggie May not only stole a piece of bread, not unusual for hens, but she took it back to her original choice and placed it squarely on top.
Thelma has not completely given up as head of the pecking order. She would have gotten one of Maggie May's pieces of bread if there had not been a third piece. She still sticks up for herself, but not nearly as often as before.
In the far past
We had a dog named Puppy, truly the most envious dog on the face of the earth. The elderly man who lived behind us liked to feed my cat and dog. I hated he did since Puppy was obese. The cat named "Cat" could jump over the fence. But, Puppy had to run, ears flying, around the fence. He always looked to see if Cat was ahead of him.
One day, Cat was off somewhere so that Puppy was first to the two paper plates of food put out for them. Puppy sheepishly went to one plate, stole the baked potato, put it on his plate and continued eating. I could tell by his actions that he knew he should not have the other baked potato.
By the way, I named the next dog we got. Everyone objected, but I stuck to my guns. Round little puppy Rudolph grew up to be a huge retriever called Rudy.
Don't get me wrong, these two chickens are always grabbing things from the other, but this one instance of Maggie May taking two pieces and stacking them up, then eating, was hilarious. I am not talking about animals grabbing food. This act of Maggie May's calmly taking food and stacking it up with hers was amazing.
I know your animals probably take food not meant for them, but do they ever sneak or actually steal food all the time acting guilty? Oh, funny stories about food and animals are good, too.