Right now there are five in my family: 3 females (mamá-Wanda, almost 4 years old; Choco, her baby, 1 year and 1 month; Mochín, 1 year and 1 month too) and 2 males (Cosina, 1 year and 3 months; Hastur, 1 year). I had heard some piggies chirping on net, but this was really really amazing. My mother and me were watching tv, and suddenly we heard a noise in my room. One of them was chirping! We listened about 3 minutes, and then, I opened the door slowly. It stopped when I turned the light on.
I can't explain. They have food, water, toys, hay...and their cages are big (open cages, near 2 x 2 metres for the girls and same for the boys). It's cold, but they have a blanket and cozys; I cleaned the cages every day, so it wasn't dirty, and the room was quiet. I can't find any reason; no hungry, no thirsty, no cold, no fear, no lonliness...
We have some parakeets too, but their sound is very different, so... a sweet mystery! I just wanted to tell... (sorry for my poor English)
The other two females just didn't care (the older was drinkin' and eating, the another baby was playin' with a piece of paper), but the two males were listening to her, heads raised too. They were paralized, it was great!
Now, I sleep with my cam next to the bed, in case she chirps again; I have to tape it!. My web cam is into their cage too. I'll try to upload some pics of my babies.
Do we still not really know what chirping means? Because I can't seem to relate it to anything.
- I GAVE, dammit!
That was the one and only time I'd ever heard chirping. Roo was desperate to be back with Frasier. As soon as he started, we quickly reunited the two and all was well.
Maybe she just wanted some attention? Actually, I'm in agreement with the mothership theory. When I had the windows open this weekend she stood looking at them in a trance-like state for an eerily long time. I bet she wishes she would have picked a different form to assume. She probably wasn't counting on getting Nina the terror for a cagemate.
The last time I heard her chirp was when Ofelia passed away. At the time Jästilä wasn't in the same cage with Ofelia but at the exact moment Ofelia took her last breath, Jästilä started chirping. She chirped for the longest time and all the other pigs stood around her, listening. Somehow the chirping seemed like a requiem – the eerie, harrowing, magical sound filled my apartment, the time stood still; my Ofelia was no more.
Jästilä hasn't chirped since.
My theory is that chirping has multiple meanings.
Well, that's what I'd like to think! She's only chirped that one time.
Once at night I heard someone chirping, but I don't know who.
It's like the pig is in a trance when they do it.
Maybe it could be a dominence thing?
My other chirper is Sweetpea. She chirps alot more frequently. She is NOT the dominant girl in that pen. She chirps when she is in physical or emotional distress.
Dartygirl is the dominant female in that pen and sometimes she will get stand offish and not want to be bothered. Sweetpea was a lot more insecure and would want a lot more attention from Darty before Snowangel came to live with them.
If Darty would be in snit for to long it would make Sweetpea become distressed. She would go and stand next to Darty's bed and begin serenading her! She would chirp her sweet little heart out at Darty until Darty would finally forgive her, give her a kiss and let her get in the bed with her! Sweepte awould snuggle up to Darty and they both would fall asleep together. That was adorable.
The other times though is when Sweetpea's belly hurts her. She has bloat issues and is on constant monitoring because of this. Often I must give her belly massages on top of her medicine.
Bless her little heart she has even put her paws up on my chest to be sure I was looking at her then sat down and when she was in my lap and began chirping right to my face.
In my house if she is chirping the entire room freezes. They all put their heads up and listen very carefully to her while she sings. Even after she stops they all reamin a lot more docile for several more minutes. it is amazing to see that many babies all frozen. Right now I have 16.