It's been awhile since I've posted, but mostly because Kiwi was happy and healthy. He had even taken a liking to his greens.
About a week ago Kiwi started showing signs of sickness, so I took him into the vet. She said he had avian gastric yeast and gave me some medicine warning me that this sickness was often hard to get rid of.
I took him home and gave him medicine, but his weight continued to fall. I brought him back to the vet, and she gave me some new medicine to try, but that wasn't working either. I called the vet today and asked if hospitalization was an option. She said that they could do their best there and could probably force feed him effectively, but that sometimes the stress of being in a new place causes a bird's condition to worsen and to think about the worst case which would be him dying away from his home. She said I could bring him in just to talk about it there, so that's what I decided to do.
I went to get Kiwi and found him on the bottom of his cage, struggling to breathe. I decided to keep him home and let him pass. I brought him close to his favorite toy grapes and told him how much I loved him; the only phrase he ever learned was "I love you, Kiwi," so I hoped those familiar words would bring him some comfort. He passed in my hands.
I love you with all my heart and you will be deeply missed, Kiwi. Thank you for showing me that birds and especially budgies can be such wonderful, funny, loving companions. You helped me through lonely days and made my happier days even brighter. I love you, Kiwi.
I am so sad for your loss, and have tears in my eyes reading this. I had a budgie with this condition so know how awful it is for them. Take solace that Kiwi was with you when he passed and that he was loved by you.
I am so sorry. At least Kiwi was with you at the end; that would have given him a lot of comfort - to be with his best friend giving him comfort. It is a terrible thing to watch a good mate suffer, but you did the best you could.
Rest in Peace, beautiful Kiwi; know that you were much loved and will be very much missed. xx
We are not Vets, Avian or otherwise. If you have any serious doubts about your budgies' health an appointment with an Avian vet should always be your first point of call.
Thank you for all the kind words. Truly. I will keep them in mind moving forward. And thank you everyone for all the advice I received here allowing me to care better for Kiwi and give him a good life.