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So I'm sure this is a familiar story for this forum but I woke up this morning to find an egg on the bottom of our cage. We think we know who the mother is as we have two females but we didn't think our male was old enough to breed yet. This leads me to two conclusions. Either the female is laying without a fertilized egg or the other bird we thought was a female is actually a male. I'm inclined to believe that the egg is simply unfertilized as the two females show nothing but signs of being female. The male is around 7 to 8 months old, we aren't 100 percent sure on the exact age but I was under the impression that was too young to breed. What's even more bizarre is that we have a nesting box set up with the cage and Gibbs, the female we think laid the egg, did not even use the nest box which she frequently goes in and out of. So I moved the egg to the nesting box and showed her it was there. She began surrounding the egg with bedding so I'm not too concerned about it. Now I understand that it can take up to 48 hours to lay another egg and that she most likely will not start sitting until the second, more likely the third, egg. I guess ultimately I should wait and candle the eggs to see if they are fertile? Any thoughts on the situation guys?