Toxicology report sheds no light on Roswell chicken deaths

The sudden death of about 50 domestic fowls on the Andrew Wordes property in Roswell last month remains a mystery.

A toxicology report requested by Mayor Jere Wood was not able to determine a cause of death, Wood said Thursday.

"They said, normally, healthy chickens don't die," said Wood, who had two turkeys among the casualties.

Wordes, now serving a jail sentence for probation violation, said he thinks someone poisoned about one-third of the chickens and turkeys he was raising at his home while he had been away at a political rally.

Volunteers and friends have since relocated Wordes' animals.