I'm back with another question! I'm going to get a Pacific p'let soon, and I want to house it in the same room as my African pygmy hedgehog. He doesn't make much noise and is nocturnal. Do you think it'll disturb/scare my bird too much?
A interesting flock you’re building there. I actually don’t know much about hedgehogs, but I can speak about the noise issue.
Our apartment has a large connected room for the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Curtis stays in the living room, the farthest from the kitchen, but still in view of me while I work in the dining room. I keep unusual sleep hours and he generally has a bedtime that’s several hours before mine. I’ve found that as long as his cage is covered up (with a cage cover) fairly well to give them a nice sense of darkness, I’m able to work with the lights on and some movies or music playing. Now, for my neighbor’s sake I don’t shout or anything, but if your hedgehog isn’t too loud, you should probably be okay.
I’ve heard of some parrots having “night frights” which consists of your bird becoming startled by something and having a freakout, where they start flying into their cage walls and screeching. Curtis had a mild one once, and after letting him out and calming him down, he was completely fine. But this isn’t TOO common, and most people who I’ve seen discussing it say that parrots their often react to dreams or to movement in or around their cage rather than sounds. A sudden loud noise might do it, but generally, you don’t have to worry.
As for if your parrot will be scared of the hedgehog in general, it depends on your bird’s personality. I had a parrotlet who was VERY fearless and went after anything and everything recklessly. Curtis on the other hand is pretty defensive and easy to freak out, he gets paranoid if we carry a laundry basket past his cage or move something on the table.