rooster does not always look both ways before crossing University
By Matt Kelly
the chicken crossed the road to escape.
week there was a chicken roundup at Carrs Hill, where two
roosters and a hen appeared around Easter. After several weeks
of wandering around and causing a stir, one chicken is dead, one
has been taken away and the third is still evading capture.
a dozen guys, some of them bigger than linebackers, chased down
the brown one and captured it, said Carrs Hill gardener
Michael Leff. The third one escaped. I saw it on the front
lawn of St. Pauls [Epsicopal Church on University Avenue.]
Jerry Brown and several members of the grounds crew chased the
birds on the lawns of Carrs Hill May 17, according to Leff,
who said the chicken was being added to Browns own flock.
On May 18, several members of the grounds crew tried to run down
the remaining bird outside St. Pauls and Booker House, at
the corner of University Avenue and Madison Lane. They were not
said the hen had been killed earlier in the weeks by a red-tailed
is bringing these chickens in should cease and desist, Leff
said. Once they are released, they meet with a bad end.
Bowyer, who has been the chef at Carrs Hill for 10 years,
said in previous years he has put food out for the chickens and
they would flock to him. He said this years troupe was more
makes use of the lawn at their adopted home at Carr's Hill.
not going to spend my time making friends with something with
as short a life-span as a chicken, Bowyer said. My
lifes too short for that.
said the death of the first chicken seemed to have no impact on
Chickens could care less, he said. Theyre
not much for friendships or forming alliances.
said he has been tempted to cook up the remaining roosters.
have eaten roosters in France, he said. They are strong,
flavorful, gamy. You should stew them in wine red wine,
for my taste.
developed a soft spot for a chicken that came to Carrs Hill
last year. He took it home to his house in the country. He said
the rooster was there for a while, then one day it was crowing
and drew a flock of 15 to 20 chickens and they all took off into
the woods. As far as he knew, none of his neighbors kept chickens,
so where they came from was a mystery. He has not seen any of
Trainum Bird, assistant to Carrs Hill manager Nargis Cross,
said that this is the third or fourth year birds have landed at
Carrs Hill. She said one year, the chicken was named Harlan,
after Col. Harlan Saunders, of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame. Some
of the staff at Carrs Hill fed it and it became a fixture,
until a dog killed it.