I've truly had no luck with budgies in the past weeks and it is so very hard to try and accept that I did my best.
Little Grey was the first to go. She and her big sister, Princess, took poorly to hand-raising and, although I put them back with their parents, it was too late for Little Grey. I was devastated, but relieved that Princess pulled through.
Henry was an 'older' bird, my most recent purchase (though I have still had him for some months, maybe even a year or more). He was a handsome half-english dark green recessive pied, and I had plans to breed him later this year. I noticed he was looking off, spending most of his time sitting in the food bowl. I quarantined him; he was still eating and drinking fine, but had a pasted vent which, combined with his moult, made him look like death warmed up. I kept a close eye on him; at first his droppings were a little pale and watery, but they began to solidify and he began to look like his old self again. Then, after a busy day with the horses, I went to see him only for my father to bluntly say 'Henry's dead'. It knocked me for six, that's for sure.
And now, my darling Princess. She was still being cared for by dad, though she should have long ago weaned. Her feet weren't strong, she couldn't fly, and I assumed she was stunted from the 24hour period she went without food. She was doing well, or so I thought. She'd sit with us, she was developing an adorable personality, and her attempts to fly were positively adorable. She'd squeak and flap, take running starts only to plummet into our hands that were always at the ready to catch her. We can only think that the poor dear starved; she'd been starting to eat seed on her own, relying less on her father. But, it wasn't enough to keep her alive, apparently.
Fly high fids.
You know you might have too many budgies when you're not sure if you've remembered them all!
Charlie - Cinny - Dante - Gidget - Jimmette - JJ - Jules - Mo - Ollie - Peanut - Penny - Pie - PJ - Pockie - Sally - Simon - Snowy - Song - Sora - Spang - Tommy
Very sorry to hear that the third one did not make it in the end. You must be devastated and I understand the guilt you experience. Try and turn this sadness, if you can, into a positive experience for future birds that you breed.