theory on chirping


Post   » Mon Mar 17, 2003 12:20 pm

Someone chirped so loud last night it woke me up! I have no clue to who it was but the pig on my avatar is a suspect... then there's Baby Kramer and Marble.

Is chirping a male or female thing? or both?

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Post   » Mon Mar 17, 2003 9:41 pm


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.

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Post   » Mon Mar 17, 2003 10:41 pm

If it happened after you played the soundclip, she may have been inspired. Sometimes Nina (who you listened too) will chirp after I've played it.


Post   » Tue Mar 18, 2003 10:10 am

Last night I got to hear our Parvati do it for the first time. We were sitting in the living room chatting, and all of a sudden I noticed the A/C was making a weird noise. Then I realized the A/C wasn't on. We were able to sneak over to the cage and saw her, standing rigid and tranced out, forcing little puffs of air out and cheeping like mad. It was really, really amazing watching her do it - it almost looked involuntary. She went for fully five or ten minutes, off and on, before she snapped out of it, raced around the cage, and stuck her head in the hayrack and started munching away.


Post   » Sun Mar 23, 2003 4:29 am

I've never heard my two chirp, but from reading all of the "Theory on chirping" replies it seems the pigs do it early in the morning. Just a few possibilities:
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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Post   » Sun Mar 23, 2003 4:39 am

I only have one chirper--Job, a pig who lives by himself because he attacks other pigs. He has only chirped on two occasions: 1) when I first put him in a cage that adjoined other pigs' cages and 2) the night after he bit me, which also was a night that he got a new neighbor. I think he chirps when he is upset.


Post   » Sun Mar 23, 2003 5:53 am

Ours do it any time of day. Seems to go in cycles. It will be peaceful for a few weeks and then chirping at all hours for a week or so. They do it early morning, evening and middle of the day. The other pigs don't seem concerned. I've had both boars and sows chirp. Right now it's just 2 or 3 who are into chirping. We yell at them to shut up. I think they're just mesmerized by the sound of their own voices. They certainly aren't panicked.


Post   » Sun Mar 23, 2003 10:22 pm

pinta, Seems like your pigs just want to! Maybe they have fun annoying you...or they could be mesmerized like you said..;)

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Post   » Sun Mar 23, 2003 10:58 pm

Wooly, our pet store pig chirped the first or second night we brought her home. It was early in the morning like 3 am and it woke me up. She never did it again. I think she missed her cagemate and was probably scared in her new environment.


Post   » Sun Mar 23, 2003 11:10 pm

hmmmm. we'll see then. Job is in his new home now. maybe he will chirp tonight.

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Post   » Mon Mar 24, 2003 12:19 am

I agree with Pinta. Exact same here. she just likes the nifty sounds she can make and thinks we ought to listen!

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Post   » Mon Mar 24, 2003 1:51 am

We also have a chirping cockateil. About 5 of my pigs chirp along with him when he gets going. I wish they could figure out the tune to 'Pop goes the Weasel". It would be easier on the ears. It can get loud and annoying.

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.


Post   » Mon Mar 24, 2003 3:45 pm

Job did not chirp last night. He was moved into my new house and is not not adjacent to any other pigs (he was attacking them through the bars). The only time he chirped was when new pigs were moved next to him.

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Post   » Mon Apr 14, 2003 4:59 pm

My Patch chirped for about 5 minutes (first time ever) around 4am. Sounded just like a bird. I went over to the cage and she only stopped long enough to move away. The other two stood quietly listening.

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Post   » Sat Sep 20, 2003 4:47 am

I love re-activating older threads....

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?


Post   » Tue Oct 07, 2003 4:28 pm

TOO wierd, you guys. I thought my Inky was a vocal boy; he had the biggest range of sounds of any pig I've ever had, but I never heard that out of him. How interesting! (Glad I have something to look forward to with another pig).

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Post   » Thu Oct 09, 2003 12:31 am

Ok, and now here's an update.

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?!?!?!!


Post   » Mon Dec 13, 2004 5:03 am

We have two female pigs, and one of them (at least I've only ever seen one of them do it) chirp occasionally. It's been several months since the last time, but suddenly these last few weeks one of them has been at it at least once a day, sometimes more often. It seems that it's often connected with night time when we turn the lights off, and sometimes just a little while after they've been fed. Kinda like "is this all we get?"..

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 :)

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Post   » Mon Dec 13, 2004 9:12 am

Oh my gosh, I can't beleive this thread came up this morning. Squeaker13 was my old log-in name and we had Butters chirping last night. Too weird.

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