Older, untamed former breeding male
My boyfriend, Mike, has a Nanday Conure, Dale. Dale is a former breeder bird and is uber nasty, never hand tamed. I'm not sure how old he is.... at least 10 possibly (We've been together for 8 years and he had Dale for at least 2 years before we met). He was purchased as a friend for Mike's other Nanday, Reptar, who sadly died suddenly a few years ago. Dale is a very loud and nasty bird, so he had been sequestered in Mike's son's room due to his constant screaming gave me migraines.
Well during a 2 week break, Dale was moved into the den. I've taken advantage of it by going in there frequently to talk to him, give him treats, and play a CD I made for him (silly songs like TV themes or Disney songs. He really loves it) Now Dale hates the son (we are bonded in that area) and generally dislikes Mike. He likes me, as he quiets down when I talk to him and for the most part won't go after me if I put my hand on/in his cage.
Mike bought a separate perch with food hangers, toys, and such for him. While in the son's room, I would often open his cage and let him out. He would climb around the cage, sometimes he'd even go onto the bed to 'attack' the son to wake him up. But he never climbs on top and refuses to use the perch.
That is not so much a problem, but I really would love some tips on how to really bond with him, since he seems to be a 1 person bird. My ultimate goal would be to have him tame or trusting enough to let me touch him or even to come out and hang. If he could come to me and let me walk around the house with him, that'd be awesome, but I'm not sure that will ever happen. Is he too old? Or the fact that he was a untamed breeder ruin any real taming? I've researched this subject many times, but nothing I've tried seems to work. The only things I've done that seemed to make any headway are making him a CD, and going in and talking to him (which oddly was never given much as an option in my search). So I've just done away with most of the general, cookie cutter advice and want to ask real bird people their take.
I'm not a bird person by any means, but Dale seems to want attention from me, and it can't be good for him to be kept away from everyone but the son, who does nothing but yell at him, throw things at him, and bang the cage. Speaking of cages..... I asked Dale last night in front of Mike if he wanted a bigger cage. Mike said, "Hell no!" But Dale bobbed his head up and down and chirped that sounded like, "Uh huh." lol