Sniffles hatches an egg that he found at his home. It hatches into a chick and, names it "Orville", and raises him as his own. Much to his shock he discovers that it's really a mouse-eating hawk. Orville finds out as well - but upon realizing that Sniffles has raised him from egghood, Orville couldn't bear to bring himself to eat Sniffles, until he notices this in a book that falls right in front of him: A CERTAIN SUPERIOR HAWK DOES NOT EAT RODENTS - THIS HAWK IS EASILY IDENTIFIED BY A SMALL RED SPOT UNDER HIS RIGHT WING. Much to the relief of both Orville and Sniffles, Orville doesn't have to eat Sniffles if he has a red spot under his right wing - which is proven to be true. The cartoon ends with Sniffles continuing to give Orville piggyback rides, though a brief shot at the end before the iris-out reveals that Orville had faked the red dot under his wing using some red paint tucked in his tail feathers.
We learn that in this cartoon Sniffles has a closet labelled "Sniffles Baby Clothes" full of diapers, possibly highlighting the character's childlike nature.
During the montages of Sniffles giving Orville piggyback rides, Orville references The Lone Ranger's quote "Hi-Yo Silver!", complete with William Tell Overture music (appropriate for a Western theme) playing over these montages.
There are a total of five of these montages seen; with two of them taking place in spring, and one each taking place in summer, fall and winter.