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So this morning I found that one of my budgies I thought was male (named Froyo) has laid an egg in a nesting box meant for a different pair. It took me by surprise but even odder is what I thought for sure was my only female (named Ghosty) has become very territorial of the nesting box against my male bird (named Super). Is there a chance that Ghosty is actually the father of the egg and that's why it's guarding Froyo's nest? Ghosty and Super were very bonded and never snapped at each other until Froyo laid her egg. It was actually Ghosty and Super I was originally planning to breed since Froyo didn't really bond to neither of them and was generally a loner but I guess Froyo made it work with one of them behind my back.

Ghosty is nearly always in front of the nesting box guarding and will occasionally stick her head inside the box (i presume to feed Froyo) but Super seems to have a strong want to get near the box often which then triggers Ghosty to chase him away. Although when Froyo is out of the box it's Super that feeds Froyo and gives her all the attention.
I know I need to separate either Ghosty or Super away from their current cage but I'm having a hard time figuring out if Ghosty is a male (her/his nose seems bluntly pink to me) and is trying to protect the nest or if Super is the father and that's why he's been trying to get to nest and Ghosty is just trying to steal the nest for herself (If it's a female)

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You really need to post good clear pics of their cere's in natural light. No way to advise you if genders aren't known

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Hi! :welcome: to Talk Budgies

Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility.

This requires extensive research and an openness to continual learning.

Please refer to the information in this thread:

Your blue budgie is male, the white and green budgies are female.

I don't know how many birds you have in total.
If you have only the three budgies, then move the male into a different cage at this time to prevent any further breeding, remove the nest box and dispose of the egg.
The egg is not viable until it has been incubated for at least three full days so disposing of it is not "killing" anything.

The purpose of this forum is to promote best practices for the optimum health and well-being of budgies.

Having multiple pairs in a cage with multiple nest boxes is called "colony breeding" which we strongly recommend against due to the inherent risks and dangers.
Additionally, having any additional budgies in a cage with a breeding pair creates the same sort of issues.

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Your best course of action at this time:

1) Remove nest boxes and dispose of any eggs.
2) Separate your budgies by gender and work to through them out of breeding condition.
3) Learn as much about your birds as possible.

Please respond with answers to the following questions:
1) What is each bird's age?
2) Are any of the budgies related?
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6) Is this your first time owning budgies?
7) Why do you want to breed them?

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Hi there and :welcome: to the forums!

You've been given great advice. You have a male and two females for sure, and it is imperative that you discourage breeding between them. The links provided have the best information to ensure that you are able to do so!

Meanwhile, you've come to the very best place to learn even more about budgies. Be sure to read through all the articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subforum for easy reference) to ensure you have all the right information to care for your little ones.

If you have any questions after reading through everything, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help :D

We'd love to see more of them when you get a chance! :photo:

Cheers! :wave:
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