Apart from introducing myself I wanted to ask your help on an issue that I am facing with my breeding pair.
My apologies for perhaps placing this question in the wrong forum section and to explain the below in so much detail
when I purchased my breeding pair, before placing them in the aviary I checked the male and female and both seems ready. both vents bigger and ready. the breeder I bought them from told me that they are ready and would lay eggs soon. low and behold a couple days later they started picking up straws and looking for a breeding place.
I wondered wether I should put them in breeding cages inside my shed that has a timer light and is warmer then the leicester UK outside weather.
I left them in the aviary and I decided to put up a breeding nest and my breeding pair (copper and rosie as the children like to call them) started building their nest. I noticed that copper (male ) and Rosie(female) have been feeding each other ( copper feeding rosie) and I have spotted the occasional mating going on.after a couple days in the outside aviary ( that does have a inside sheltered area, where the birds sleep mostly) the weather became colder. I decided to put them in the breeding cages in the shed to allow them to breed like I have always seen before.
I took the half unfinished nest and placed that in the breeding cage. a couple hours later both birds looked really unhappy and were fluffed up and closing their eyes.
I took them out again and placed them back in the aviary and they were really happy again. I place the nest back where it was initially ( in the outside bit of the aviary) and watched them for a couple hours to make sure all was fine. they continued building the nest . so I left them outside. a couple days past and the nest looks like its ready. I even spotted Rosie this morning 5 am sitting on the nest for a while.
I came back from work today and my son mentioned that he noticed white liquid coming from Rosie's vent . being little, he and his mum decided that Rosie's water had broken .
I reassured that this would not happen and that I would keep an eye on her. well later just before copper and Rosie's bedtime I checked on them and I noticed Rosie dropping from her vent a clear white liquid ??? I have never seen this before ..
whats going on . I have heard of egg bound problems, but she is not sitting on the floor or looks ill at all . she has being flying around the aviary all day long.
I am now worried that maybe by moving her or not providing good living conditions ( breeding cages) that I have caused her problems
I am really tempted to bring her inside, in my warm lighted shed . but don't want to disturb her and cause any problems.
I would be very grateful if anyone could help me with some advice here. is this normal? or do I need to worry and if so what you good people suggest I do. I am so scared that my first attempt of breeding this lovely pair might cost me lovely bird
please forum members give this wannabe canary breeder some advice