ROSWELL, GA – Andrew Wordes, known around Roswell as the “chicken man,” died in his home this past weekend when it exploded. Wordes had spent years fighting for the right to continue raising chickens on his property. Some say the tragedy was the result of one man’s refusal to obey city ordinances; others believe this was just another case of a municipality making a shameless grab for a private citizen’s land through eminent domain.
Friends believe the ending was almost inevitable, considering the course the local government pursued in constantly harassing Mr. Wordes. He was first cited in 2009 for raising chickens in a residential area. That incident resulted in one judge ruling in the “chicken man’s” favor but a second judge ruling against him. Continue reading