Your new budgie is gorgeous!
I agree that a better photo showing the whole beak/cere area will help in confirming your budgie's gender.
From the first photo you posted, it does seem that you have a young male there. If the cere has a uniform, solid pinkish colour then you will know he is a boy.
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Thanks Faery, I know nothint about mutations, do you know what he is? I've never seen a bird his color before. It's like pastel.
Also, do you have any estimate as to when his cere will turn color and he becomes old enough to mate? The reason im asking is because i have a nesting box, which my friend gave to me. I put it in there when I had all females just to see what they'd do, and they played in it and slept in there so I kept it in, and this morning I found an egg in there. It's strange since he's my only male, but he keeps feeding the hen who laid it. Its like he is the father but I didn't think he was old enough.
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Your budgie is a sky blue greywing yellow face type II clearflight pied.
He is very young, looking at him I'd say he is 3 months old, he's clearly not gone through his first moult yet.
His cere will change colour at about 6 months old but this doesn't mean he will be ready to breed. Budgies are only fit to breed after they reach adulthood and this is after reaching 1 year of age.
It's never a good idea to place a nest box or any other type of nesting areas on a cage as that would only encourage breeding behaviour which will lead to unwanted egg laying.
In order to avoid complications and since you don't yet seem to have a good grasp of the species nor the required experience in budgie ownership, it's not at all advisable to allow your hen to lay a full clutch of eggs or to let her breed. https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-breedi...s-new-old.html
Please remove the nest box, discard the egg and follow the recommendations on this link in order to break your hen's egg laying cycle:
I had the box in there when there was only females, I was pretty confident that he was a male, I just wanted a second opinion just to make sure. I kept the egg box in since they play in it and sleep in there often I was planning on taking it out once the male reached maturity. If they like the box, their eggs are infertile, and he cannot fertilize the eggs yet, what's the point of removing the box?
Also, the egg box won't make much of a difference of egg laying, before the box she dropped two eggs and they smashed at the cage bottom. I'm not planning on breeding, I just put it in there for curiosity and they like it.
The purpose of this forum is to promote best practices for the health and well-being of budgies.
Having a nest box in a cage when you have a female encourages breeding. You need to remove the nest box immediately for the well-being of your budgies. Laying eggs, even if unfertile, takes a toll on the budgies' body and depletes its calcium levels.
Please follow the advice given and remove the nestbox.
When a male and female mate successfully, the egg only becomes viable after being properly incubated for a few days.
Please remove and dispose of the egg, remove the nestbox, and discourage any further egg laying.
Rearranging their cage frequently, and limiting the light they get to 8 hours a night will help tremendously. Please be sure you never put a nest box or anything that could be used as a nesting site in their cage.
When they come into condition, limit the amount of protein in their diet at that time.