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I thought this was so weird when I listened to the sound clip. Then I was just browsing over Teresa's dream date thread (he sounds like a great guy!) when I heard Ellie chirping. It was so strange to hear it coming from one of my pigs... maybe she smells the boars in the other room? I've never heard her do this before.
1)darkness (probably not)
2)telling that it's morning or the crack of dawn (probably not)
3)maybe they think it's too quiet and they want to spruce up the room with some noise.
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Like Pinta, ours are not panicked at all. I can usually get them to shut up my throwing extra treats at them. Nothing works for the crazy bird.
I caught my 2 year old boar, Butters, chirping last night. He's the guy in my avatar. My husband thought he'd been hearing chirping lately, but he could never tell who it was. husband's been away for the last week and last night his buddy just was chirping away.
I tend to agree that early morning seems to be a popular time. It was about 4 am and I had just turned off all the lights and gotten to bed. I creeped into their room and flipped the light on and there he was sitting up on his food bowl chirping...LOUDLY! All the other pigs just sat there still while he was at it. When he quit he acted scared or excited and ran around like he was running from a bird trying to eat him. He went and hid in his house, and that was the end of it.
What in the world are they telling each other?
About a week after Butters did his chirping, my alpha female in the same group started chirping. Hers sounded different, but still it was chirping and I crept into the room to check on her. I got all the way to the cage, about 2 feet from her and she just kept going. It was like she was in a trance. I waited for a break in the chirping and then picked her up and cuddled her for a few minutes and put her back. I stood there for a minute while she started right back up again!! I picked her back up and just layed down with her on the couch and she stopped chirping. She nipped me to say she had to pee and I put her back and that was the end of it. What the heck is going on at my house?!?!?!!
As the days grow very short during winter I start wondering if they react to the changes in light/darkness cycles, but I dunno. I also remember that earlier she sometimes chirped slowly even though I picked her up, and had to be petted a while before stopping. But these last times she has always stopped immediately when she detects me in the room like she doesn't want me to know what's going on.
The only sure pattern here seems to be that it's more often during night time and darkness than during the day.
My gut feeling is like some others here mention that it's got something to do with loneliness, but it's hard to know for sure. We got both guinea pigs in the same cage, so they shouldn't be lonely, but could it be that they are in some mating season thing, and are chirping for a boy? :) Strange animals :)