probably from a nickname for a Delaware regiment in the Revolutionary War, known earlier as Caldwell's gamecocks, from blue hen, a kind of hen reputed to breed good gamecocks
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Blue Hen's Chickens
“Blue Hen's Chickens.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Blue%20Hen%27s%20Chickens. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.
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