Without a nest box, would my female parakeets risk becoming egg bound? They have not laid yet and are still fairly young. By the bars on their head, I'm guessing shy of a year. My original bird is now assumed to be a male. His coloring makes it difficult to go by because his cere was always slightly pinkish/blue, but the area around the nostrils is leaning towards the blue side and the entire cere is now more blue than before. I know it can be difficult to sex them until they're mature. The females (Greyerre and Daisy) came to the house together and the male was originally here. They are one big happy family now and Cloudy (the supposed male) won't shut up. So - back to the original question. Should I provide a nest box? At what age will the females begin to lay? Is their laying cycle year round, or do they take a few months off? How many eggs will you get in a month? Is it like with reptiles and they go for a clutch of them and wait until there are a few and then sit? Thanky you smart BYC members for all yer help.