Why did the Rooster land on Levee Street? Local merchant seeks owner, home for stray farm bird

Published 3:16 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Why did the rooster cross the road? That’s what people on the north end of Levee Street would like to know.

Mary Landers has seen just about everything down at the river, but the owner of the Levee Street Marketplace said she has never seen a rooster – a live one, anyway. That was until Monday morning when she was out walking her dog.

“I walk Spartan every single morning and every day at 2 p.m., and he (the rooster) was there again at 2 p.m.,” Landers said.

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On her Tuesday morning walk with Spartan, Landers said, she thought the rooster was gone because she did not see him. But he wasn’t.

During the afternoon dog walk, she spied him in the bushes, she said.

The fowl friend was still hanging out at the waterfront Wednesday morning. Landers posted her rooster sighting on Facebook, but no one claimed him.

Landers said she did, however, have a couple of people call who were interested in rescuing the bird. One woman even came out Wednesday afternoon and tried to get him, but failed to capture the cockerel.

“She had been unsuccessful because she was scared the rooster was going to run into the road,” Landers said.

It appeared the rooster wasn’t ready to leave and was possibly acclimating to his new digs. Landers said she had heard him crow.

In addition to a rooster’s crow signaling the break of dawn, they are also known to crow when announcing a territorial boundary.

Nevertheless, in this situation, a rooster living so close to the river was not in his best interest.

Therefore, a couple more folks came down late Wednesday afternoon to try and capture the cockerel before there was any “fowl” play.

But, like the woman who had tried to wrangle the rooster earlier in the day, the women’s attempts were thwarted. He was just too fast.

So the plan was to return the next morning with a trap.

And sure enough, with a pretty hen and a piece of cabbage for bait, on Thursday morning the rooster walked right on into Chrissy Moon White’s cage.

Landers said the rooster is much better off living with White as opposed to hanging out by the waterfront.

“She (White) is going to add him to her farm. She has lots of chickens,” Landers said.

The Levee Street Rooster has a new home after being successfully trapped Thursday morning. (Photo submitted)


UPDATE: Originally thought to be a rooster, the fowl in question was later discovered to be a bantam hen, according to her rescuer. The Post hopes its readers won’t be too “eggs-asperated” by this error.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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