My daughter Sandy helps me water and feed each morning. It is a time consuming task as my birds are too numerous to count and I would guess about 300 canaries. She is excellent help with about 20 years experience with her chickens. She know to watch for signs of trouble in every cage. This morning she noticed a Stafford that was on the bottom of the cage and not perching. Wisely, she caught it and handed it to me to remove all the excrement that was plugging its vent. Then she springs into action to try and immediately reverse the dehydration which is evident by the birds squinting eyes.