Blue Hen's Chickens
Blue Hen State Blue Hen State The State of Delaware; -- a popular sobriquet. It is said, though the story lacks proof, to have taken its origin from the insistence of a Delaware Revolutionary captain, named Caldwell, that no cock could be truly game unless the mother was a blue hen, whence

{Blue Hen's Chickens} came to be a nickname for the people of Delaware. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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