I've had my budgie Star for about 3-4 months, and he was about 6 months and fully wild when I got him. He isn't as wild, but still doesn't trust me, and seems lonely. (He hangs out by his mirror A LOT and gets REALLY excited when he hears the budgies outside in my aviary) I'm thinking that the best thing for both of us is to move him outside with the rest of the budgies.
I also feel guilty, like the whole "he wasn't good enough for you, huh?" but I also feel bad because I know that I don't have enough time to fully tame a basically adult bird, and he should have more interaction and company than his toys and a mirror. Am I just giving up too soon or do you think he would be happier outside? From here on out my schedule just gets crazier... but if you think I'm should keep him inside for his own good, then I will give it some more time.
I reckon he'd be happier outside with the others. I personally wouldn't ever try and tame an adult bird, way too hard. If you want a tame one then when your schedule permits either take one out of the nest at 3 weeks or wait until one fledges and bring it inside soon as you see it cracking seed.
Best outside with the others i reckon. Ive just put Nancy outside, as shes just too stroppy with Kaeci and Green, poor Kaeci has lost his head crest, due to her pecking out his feathers, and hes just too soppy to fight back. So i thought i would give her time out so to speak, while William continues his diet ;D