The color of the gamecock on the right is the ideal of the male offsprings of the original blue hen – steel blue.
Bob Carpenter, a true sportsman, had bred the Blue Hen Chickens out of near total extinction. Before Bob died, he was honored by University of Delaware with The Bob (The Bob Carpenter Sports / Convocation Center).
Hallock DuPont was also responsible for perpetuating the Blue Hen Chicken strain of gamecocks.
I invite the young kids to Take The Blue Hen Challenge at University of Delaware Research Kid’s Corner.
Kids, TRUE or FALSE?
1. Delaware soldiers in the Revolutionary War were nicknamed “The Blue Hen’s Chickens” because of their fighting prowess.
2. The Blue Hen Chickens of today are known for their quiet, gentle nature.
3. Blue Hen Chickens occur in other colors besides blue.
4. Blue Hen Chickens lay blue eggs.
5. The Blue Hen Chicken is silent; it does not have a call
Go to the challenge here! (from University of Delaware Research Kid’s Corner) And listen to the Blue Hen rooster calling his mates and crowing! Oops…
Warning: His white ears is a sign that he is not of pure Blue Hen Chicken strain of gamecocks. An outside blood was introduced and the breeder is not careful to select a non-white ear on the succeeding generations.