Blue Hen Chicken

 
    Adopted on April 14, 1939, the Blue Hen Chicken had long been used as a motif in numerous political campaigns and in many publications. During the Revolutionary War, the men of Captain Jonathan Caldwell's company, recruited in Kent County, took with them game chickens that were said to be of the brood of a famous Blue Hen and were noted for their fighting ability. When not fighting the enemy, the officers and men amused themselves by pitting their Blue Hen Chickens in cockfights. The fame of these cockfights spread throughout the army and when in battle, the Delaware men fought so valiantly that they were compared to these fighting cocks.

 

Blue Hen Chicken
From the Audubon Publication "Birds of America"
Artist: John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E.
Used with expressed permission of:
National Audubon Society, Inc. - All rights reserved


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