This morning after I delivered clean bowls and fresh pellets, she and her cagemate Scratch were arguing as usual over who got to stand in the food bowl first. About 5 minutes later, Chick was chirping at the top of lungs and didn't stop when I came in the room. All the neighbor pigs stopped in their tracks and listened. Chick was facing Scratch, who had buried herself in the hay.
Could it be she's unhappy when she's chirping? She and Scratch tolerate each other but don't seem to be best buds. Is she complaining about her poor lot in life? "I have no friends, stupid Scratch doesn't want to play, Scratch ate all the food...."
Mostly, in addition to wheeking, they sit and burble at each other, or what we call "borking" since whatever it is, it sounds like the Swedish Chef.
She's chirped numerous times since and no longer stops when the humans are present. I wish I knew what she wanted!!
Video at http://s97.photobucket.com/albums/l203/hagenann/?action=view¤t=ChickChirp1.flv
It was around noon, in bright daylight, when my husband said "You have to come here!", and pointed into the livingroom, where Poppy and Pippi are staying together at the moment. When I came out there I heard the chirping sound, just like in the soundclips, but I didn't get to see if it was Poppy or Pippi. Most likely it was Pippi, though, as she is by far the most vocal of all my pigs, even though she is the least domintant of the four. I hope she will do it again, so I can find out if it really is her who do it.
It sounded so beautiful, and very bird-like. If I hadn't heard the soundclips I wouldn't have known what it was.