You've gotta keep your bird happy, right?
I posted this in another forum, but thought I'd share since it's an example of when a bird starts bonding with one person, and then becomes a one-person bird..
I had to do something hard, but it was for the best.
I got Keiba (Indian Ringneck) when he was a wee 7 weeks old. From go, he was attached to me, he loved me and was always close-by. I had to give him a few feeds a day, but that is what I loved most since it brought us so much closer - as he started weaning, he started getting independent, he'd play by himself, try new things out with me, and I even ate some pellets along the way - which helped a great deal LOL!
As he's gotten older, he's been weary and started on his "chosen" people, he doesn't like my brothers, he liked me, but my mum, she is his most favorite. I had been taking him out, spending extra time with him, but it didn't change the fact that, I am no longer his "chosen" one, so he started avoiding me, he would bolt when he seen me go near the cage, that or he would lunge and try and bite me, it was quite obvious he dislikes me.
I felt quite sad, sad that.. I didn't know what I had done, had I let other people interact with him (which I had no choice, this was what he chose to do) maybe this wouldn't have happened, I can't chose who he should like, and who he should dislike, so this is one of those things that "just happen". As hard as it was, I decided, it's best off that he goes into my mum's care, I couldn't have an un-happy bird that disliked me, and didn't want to be near me, no matter what I done. I would rather him be happy, I didn't want him to start getting really aggressive. He's a lot happier being with my mum, my mum doesn't spoil him rotten, but he knows with her that he can't get away with everything when he's with her so she's working with him a lot.
I feel like I've given myself away, the bird I raised, and thought would be mine, but it took a huge turn all of a sudden and now, there's no light at the end of the tunnel.. because I'll never get to that light having him be with someone else, be happy with someone and not me. I'm jealous, yes, and I would've been selfish to keep him and try and force him to bond with me again, but I couldn't do that, I knew the longer I tried, the worse it would get, and that's exactly why he's now been put into my mum's care. I can only hope he continues to be as happy as he is, I know my mum will take terrific care of him, she didn't like birds at first, but with the flock I have, she has fallen in love with birds and can't say no to them. She loves Keiba, just as much as he loves her, it's amazing how a bird can love a person so much, and dislike another.