Kismet passed 2 days ago. I came home and found her laying completely in the stainless steel food dish.
I took her out and held her. She was still breathing but it seemed labored and heavy. I knew it wasn't good. She wasn't moving. I called the vet and it was after 5. She called me back and I told her what was happening and she said it sounds like she is about to die, but if I wanted to I could bring her in and it's $120 just to walk in the door. She told me that she doubted she would even make it to the office. I was torn but I was pretty sure she was right. She passed about 5-10 minutes later. I am thankful for the honesty of the vet. If she conveyed hope to me I would have went in.
Before this, she didn't show any signs of being ill. The only thing I noticed the day before is 2 of her feathers on her back looked a little ruffled.
I had just been thinking a few days before that I thought she was the most beautiful of all the budgies. She was a normal grey and was going through her first molt. Her head was done and she was so very pretty. She had a very quirky personality. I regret that I only have baby photos of her and then one last one while I held her in my hand as she passed away. She was a baby, born 2/21/2014.
I texted her breeder about her and he was so kind. He said he would refund my money or give me another baby budgie from a different family line (in case it was genetic). I told him that it's okay, it isn't his fault and right now I have 10 budgies. But in the future I may contact him about another baby. He is a very nice guy and is very good to his birds.
Rest in peace, Kismet. Your life was way too short. I'm glad I got to say goodbye before you left.
She liked to admire her beauty in the mirror.