Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Delaware Blue Hen Chicken

©A.K.SIMON - Delaware Blue Hen Chicken - 8"x8" oil on linen 
Quote for the day: I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
                                                                                                       Isaac Bashevis Singer

OK, so I looked and looked for the blue hen chicken online and this is what keeps coming up for the Delaware state bird. I have painted this same bird before and always thought it was a rooster. Well, the Delaware state site shows this so I went with it. 

Here's the info for the Blue Hen Chicken: 

By John James Audubon, F. R. SS. L. & E.

The Delaware state bird, the Blue Hen Chicken, is a domestic bird (chicken) and therefore has no place in Audubon's Birds of America, which is comprised exclusively of wild birds native to North America.
Adopted as the official state bird 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.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely! You are really good at painting birds. Oh my goodness. The settings in which you place them is awesome.


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