Hi this is a bit of a long one sorry. I will start from the beginning.
I've kept single, male canaries for many years now, I bought a male roller two years ago in June after losing my dear Gloster but this year and last he started moulting way too early, at around May.
Normally this wouldn't matter so much but over the last year or so he has been screaming for a mate, so I bought a female red factor on Saturday but she is right in the middle of a moult!
So now I have one bird who is desperate to breed and one who is uninterested! I really want to re-sync my male's body clock so that he moults at the correct time of year.
I understand that I will need to manage their lighting, but what I am worried about is how long it'll take to fix this? Since he's already moulted, I can't make him think it is moulting time again.. so what time of year am I supposed to make him think it is?
Regarding lighting times, am I supposed to follow the exact time that the sun sets and rises or do is there some special time I am meant to be following for canaries?
He screeches all year round, it's like he thinks it is breeding season all year round, probably due to the amount of light he gets in our living room.
Help please, I'm really confused about this difficult bird! Thanks!