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Bye-bye Buffy

A sad day indeed. My favourite pet – Buffy passed away this weekend -Friday 8 February 2013. She had been bravely coping with Bumblefoot and the traumatic operation on both feet in December. It took its toll on her and she developed breathing problems and finally stopped eating. Her life with us was a full 6 years and she was the Queen of the Roost! She always made sure she had the best spot and was the first to inspect new quarters and give it the OK. She was the best egg sitter and there were times when she had a hidden stash of eggs she was sitting on. Buffy was one of the original chickens we started with in 2006 and was the best swimmer! She also made a huge fuss to alert me when one of the naughty ones (usually Skollie!) escaped the chicken run – not wanting anyone to have a better adventure than her! Oh, I will miss her. Bye-bye Buffy!

Buffy – February 2010

The Life of Buffy – October 2006 to February 2013

Buffy with Mary, her sister – October 2006

Fully grown in 2007 but she couldn’t fly – she had crooked wings. The reason her name was Buffy – short for Spicy Buffalo Wings.

She was a really good swimmer – enjoyed the pool in the heat of summer!

Buffy – ever the opportunist – she was always there hoping for a handful of sunflower seeds!

Buffy?? What are you hidding?

[one_half]This was November 2012 -in the meadow[/one_half]

[one_half_last]A last goodbye – we will miss you![/one_half_last]

She was a great pal!


By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

30 replies on “Bye-bye Buffy”

Ah, So beautiful! she was a very lucky chicken xxx what a happy life πŸ™‚

I too have a hen she is the boss of the roost she is now 6 years old she is a plymouth rock very demanding she is blind in the one eye due to a dog attacking her I managed to save her even though she was badly malled my heart will be very sore when she goes

Buffy was also was attacked. In the jaws of a mongoose and survived – so I can feel for your plymouth rock. I wonder how old chickens get? 6 years is a good age! I love my chickens.

Thank you for your kind words. She was a tough girl – even survived the teeth of a wild weasel (muishond). The swimming was my hubby’s idea and they float in the pool with him.

She was a true character – I miss her antics and the way she knocked on the back door to come in! What a great chicken she was! πŸ™‚
Will miss her alot!

Oh Barbie, I’m so very sorry πŸ™ I know some people don’t understand how some of us can get so attached to our flocks, but over the years, each and every hen (or rooster) we’ve had has had their own special and unique personality. The truly special ones, like our hen ‘Roo’, really stand out from the flock, and It’s so difficult to see them go. She had a wonderful life, and she’s taught me something new, even in her absence. I had no idea that chickens like to swim! Maybe I should try getting a wading pool for our girls this summer!? Farewell sweet Buffy.

That is so sweet of you!! I know the attachment is great and she was one of the original chickens so she was a good age (going on 7 years)- how old do chickens get??
I love the sweet nature of the Buff Orpington.

Thank you Donna – it is hard, but time is a great healer. I will miss her. She was such a soft natured bird – a true Buff Orpington. I believe they are called the “lap-dog” of chickens.

Sorry for your Buffy! For me, pets – specially when they are so many years with us – are part of our families. I know how you’re feeling now…

Oh, Barbie! I am so sorry! What a beautiful post. I know she was special to you, and I can hear the love in your words. It’s always hard to lose a friend – and our pets are indeed our friends.

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