The Story of Cindy Buttons

Little Cindy Buttons passed away on Wednesday, April 24th after a very sudden illness that the vet has confirmed as “egg yolk coelomitis” or peritonitis, which is basically an infection that caused her to lay yolks internally. She was only about 2-years-old. This is the story of her life and times here with us at Ducks and Clucks.

Cindy Buttons came to us in July of 2011 at about 3-months-old. She had been bitten by a raccoon and lost a chunk out of her posterior region. Her owners surrendered her to the veterinarian rather than pay for her care.

She was actually a “surprise” rescue for us, as we were at the vet’s office to pick up these two characters. Remember them? Toro Roo and Persephone Kerfuffle were a broiler rooster and domestic turkey that were confiscated during a domestic dispute. (They have both since passed on from natural causes due to their breeds). When we went to the vet’s office to pick them up, we were in an exam room waiting and heard this conversation outside the door.

“Does Tiffany want this chicken, too?”
“She’s taking those other two.”
“Two… three… let’s just set her out on the floor and see what happens.”

I remember being in the room, hearing them talk outside and thinking “how can I climb out this window so I don’t have to see whatever they’re out there suckering me into taking home?

Of course, the instant I saw this goofy face I had to bring her home. And what an amazing stroke of good luck that was, since she turned out to be the most amazing little hen ever.

Even though her original family wouldn’t pay for her care, they must have treated her well. Whenever I sat down in the yard, Cindy Buttons hopped up on my lap, like that was just the thing all chickens do.

And though her raccoon wound healed, she never did grow a tail. She’s naturally a rumpless breed, which we weren’t sure of at first.

As Persephone the turkey and Toro the rooster grew, they were inseparable. But unfortunately, Persephone’s legs were deformed and when she was too heavy to stand, she became very stressed out and had to be euthanized. This left Toro alone, without his first love.

Would Cindy Buttons take a liking to Toro? Or would one of the other hens befriend him?

Cindy did love Toro Roo, very much. The two of them were inseparable after Persephone passed away.

They adored each other, in spite of their great difference in size and weight. Toro weighed nearly 17lbs while ittle Cindy weighed only 4 1/2 lbs. They didn’t care. They were in love.

In addition to being my knee-percher and lap hen, Cindy also gained the reputation of being a bossy pants and a mischief-maker.

Here she is stealing an entire slice of vegan pizza from me.

Cindy really lived life to the fullest. She ran full speed around the yard, whether running towards treats or running after ducks. Two of her favorite things were stealing cookies and stomping ducks.

She loved to chase Petunia and Lenora, who would crouch down submissively when caught. Then Cindy would gleefully stomp on them, while I ran over to save them.

Boy, she really loved that more than a chicken should. I’m sure it sounded pretty funny to hear me yelling “Cindy Buttons you stop that right now!” all of the time.

But she’ll be remembered most for being my constant lap companion.

Sit down and she’d perch.

Cross your legs and she’d perch.

Take a nap? She’d perch.

Already have a duck on your lap? No problem. She’d perch.

A BIG duck on your lap? Shove over, horsie. I’m perching!

How about a cat? She’s not afraid. She’d perch.

kneecap warmer
She was just the cutest little knee cap warmer there ever was.

And cute from every angle.

What am I going to do without this goofy little lap hen?

I just don’t know.

knee caps
The knee caps will never be the same.

You were a great friend and a good, good chicken, Cindy Buttons. I love you and miss you so, so much. Thank you for being a funny, goofy, shining light in our lives. You’re irreplaceable. I’m heartbroken.

Rest in peace, Cindy Buttons.

24. April 2013 by Silly Human
Categories: Sad Endings | 18 comments

Comments (18)

  1. I’m terribly sorry for your loss. How sad this makes me…I simply adored the photos of Cindy Buttons and your interpretation of her thoughts. I only know she had the best home possible in your care, and all the love a chicken could stand. My thoughts are with you now.

  2. This brought serious tears to my eyes. I’m so sorry for your loss. 🙁

  3. I’m sorry Tiff. Cindy had a good life because you were in it.

  4. Tears. She really was a special creature, it was obvious from all the stories & photos. What a wonderful tribute and trip down memory lane.

    As I said earlier, I am so very sorry for such a tremendous loss. It hurts so much more when such young, vibrant lives are cut short like this… Really hard to wrap your head around it..

  5. Oh my. I’m so so so sorry to read this. I’ve followed your blog(s) over years now, and have always had a favorite or two amongst your feathered and furry friends. Cindy Buttons–a chicken I’ve only ever “met” on the internet–was a high point in my day.

    She was so lucky to have you, and it sounds as if the opposite was true as well. I’m sorry you’re going through this time of grief. I know nothing but time can make it easier, but I wanted you to know that I’m thinking of you and Cindy and all the ducks she stomped.

  6. “These knee caps will never be the same again.” And with that, with tears streaming down my face, my heart was broken. I love you. I wish there were more people like you on this earth. My heart is with you, on the other side of the country, today. Much love my friend. xo

  7. I’d forgotten how young she was when she made her arrival at Chez Ducks ‘n Clucks. She had an amazing life, full of love. She was probably the most spoiled chicken on the planet.

    I will miss that goofy, poofy knee warmer. Every photo of her made me smile

    Cluck in peace, Cindy Buttons. Be good to Flapper and all of our friends at the eternal treat dish (i.e., don’t stomp them).

  8. Oh shoot. Now I’m all teary. I didn’t realize she was so young and she was such a character! So sorry for your loss…

  9. What a Sweet Story about Little Cindy Buttons!
    We are Glad that you Shared her Story with us (Except where she Chased Duckies–– we Like Duckies!).
    You were Both Lucky to Have Eachother!

  10. I fell in love with cindy on instagram. Really fell in love. Her lap antics were the best.

    Two months ago my best girl, Shirley, had all the same symptoms. For a week we nursed her and loved her and though she’s not her old self, she survived. As I read cindy’s story, I felt myself wondering how I will be when my Shirley goes. Heartbroken, as you are.

    Here’s Shirley’s story

  11. I’m writing this through a blur of tears….I loved that bird and I loved seeing new pictures and stories about her. You may not know this but I used her as “The poster child” for promotions I have been doing for Back Yard Chickens. Her cute face looking into the camera and the caption reads, “You’ll be Smitten with your Back Yard Chickens!” – I did an earth day information booth and everyone loved the flyers I was handing out with her face on it! Her legacy lives on and on and on….. :o)

  12. I LOVE that front-on photo of her face/head. It’s just so cute. Like I said on Facebook we will always remember her as the rust color chicken, the one who loved to perch on your lap and legs. She had a great life for only being 2 years old. Take peace in knowing that you gave her a great two years Tiffany. Thanks for posting this story and photos. I will miss her greatly.

  13. What little I know of geese, ducks and chickens I have learnt through you, your blog, and your feathered friends. She was a beautiful (if bratty) lady. I’m sorry for your loss.

  14. Oh no! Not Cindy Buttons! I hate eggyolk parotinitis. I los a hen to that a couple of years ago. it’s pretty hopeless even if you catch it.

    I’m so sorry. Cindy was a very special one, and I will miss reading about her duck stomping ways. Hugs to you and the birds. And Simon.

  15. I’m so sorry for your loss of Cindy Buttons. She had quite the personality! You’ve had so many losses the past couple years & each one breaks my heart. Even though I’ve never met them, I feel like I know them.

  16. Oh. She is missed. What a lovely girl. Thank you for the tribute. Wow so many lives come and gone, and you made them all better. <3

  17. This touched me deeply. Thank you for sharing. Rest in paradise, Miss Cindy Buttons. <3

  18. Like pretty much everybody else who left comments, I too have tears running down my face. I am SO glad that you were there for Cindy Buttons when she needed you. I think she never doubted how much you loved her, which added to her indomitable spirit. Thanks for posting about her, and the rest of your feathered family! I’ll be thinking of you and the spirit of Ms. Buttons. Take care.

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