Thank you so much everyone. I'm going down to petco today to give them her body, and If I see any budgies I connect with again I wont hesitate to try again. I really did love having her around. I'm confused about some things though - she DID fluff up a lot, but I looked it up and it says that this is a normal thing that birds just...do? So I'm confused, how much fluffing is "too much" ? Also I didn't think about it before, but her urine was bright green. I thought this was also just because of a diet change but apparently after looking it up it's a big deal. I made a huge mistake in not taking her to a vet as soon as possible, but I thought I'd be more ready for anything to go wrong then I was. It's truly a lesson learned and I'm just very sad that it had to cost her a life.
Trisha, my deepest sympathy to you on your little friend leaving suddenly. As has already been said, do not take on the guilt of this. Your little bird obviously loved you, and was happy with you. It could have been something that not even a vet could have fixed. Why don't you get a bird credit from them, wait for one that really appeal's to you, and start over. In the meantime, you can hang out here with us, and continue to learn more and more like most of us are...
He came down from Heaven unto this earth below
He came down from glory and praises untold
He came down to man fashioned in their way
He came down to rescue, He came down to save
I wouldn't feel guilty, just like people some animals are born with health issues, it could possibly have been a heart defect or something like that, I doubt there was anything you could have done to prevent what happened & I wouldn't let that put you off getting another budgie.
You'll always have an angel sat on your shoulder now, R.I.P Skylar
I'm so sorry about your little budgie. I actually had a very similar situation - about 7 years ago I got a very sweet bird named Cricket. I had him for a couple weeks and one morning my roommate found him dead with his head in his water cup. I felt SO guilty, especially because I had to go out of town for the weekend and I thought maybe if I had been there it wouldn't have happened. He was only a couple months old, no signs of illness. I can't imagine he just drowned himself. He must have had a seizure or something and fallen in. And there was nothing anyone, not me and not my roommate, could have done.
Anyway, I was heartbroken. My bf at the time called the bird shop and they said I could have another one. So I waited a few weeks and then picked out a new budgie, Paisley. He died very recently and I miss him very much, but I am SO glad I got him. I'm still sad Cricket died - he was so sweet and snuggly, and Paisley was not at all. But Pais had his own traits that made him special and absolutely lovable. When you are ready, I hope you get another little friend.
I am so sorry for your early loss. I agree with everyone in saying that this is not your fault. I got 4 of my birds from Petco, and they are all fine. One of them is eggnant. I would definitely take advantage of their offer, but make darn sure that you clean her cage first. White vinegar and hot hot hot water. Being that you don't know what was wrong with her, you can't be too careful. If you don't, you could get a healthy bird, put her in that same cage and end with the same result. It's a risk I wouldn't take. No matter what you do good luck. Please don't let this deter you from getting another budgie. I would go to psycho again 100 times over before going to Petsmart though. As many recalls as they have had on their parakeets, I definitely wouldn't chance it. Petco all the way on the big name stores. She was just lovely btw.
Thank you for my wonderful signature Deb!!!
RIP Pepper, Peatri, Holly, Mini, and Quarty
I know we've all said it but I am very sorry about your little one. When I was about 7-8, my father bought me a Teddy Bear Hamster. Albert died in 6 days and I was devastated. I am sure to this day that my father was probably not very pleasant when he went back to the store with Albert but he did come back with another for me (Albert ll) who lived until 1.5.
Sometimes they just don't make it very long, no matter what we do or where they come from. When I had my finches (lost my last one in October at almost 13) I had a clutch where one chick was not getting fed and not doing well. I took her and did my best to hand feed her. She did survive but she never really thrived. She was the only one that I really lost early (a little over a year); most of the others lived until 12 or 13 there a bouts. I have come to understand (I think correctly) that nature has a way of dealing with the weak and she was just probably destined to be called back to the bridge.
In a few days/weeks/months you will be able to look back and remember more of the joyful moments versus the horrible feeling when you found her gone. I urge you to get another, the amount of joy they bring into your life is just too great.
RIP what a little cutie. She was adorable.
Don't feel guilty, it's just natural to feel that way when we're grieving. Also don't be afraid to get a new bird, just maybe wait a bit until you feel better.