Char Chirps daily and sometimes several times a day. And as I mentioned on Momo's thread she sometimes chirps herself to sleep, getting quieter and quieter till she's making the moves of chirping but I can hear no sound. Then she relaxes and falls asleep. I never heard of any other one doing it that much. She is the one that was born eyeless. She's not sad. She runs her happy laps more often than she chirps. And since its every day, I know it isn't just when she is in heat.
How many chirps does it take to get to the bottom of the chirping mystery?
The world may never know.
- And got the T-shirt
Ruffles, the chirper, has always done it when it's very quiet in the house, and would stop if she heard any noise whatsoever. But this week, she scrambled up to the top level of the cage and proceeded to chirp in the loudest voice I've ever heard. I was cooking, so there was plenty of noise in the kitchen. I stepped over to the door and talked to her, and she stopped chirping, as expected. But as soon as I quit talking, she started chirping again. We carried on quite a conversation there for about three minutes, and then she gave it up. I have no idea why the change.
Sometimes they chirp at the same time, sometimes separately. They chirp in the daytime as well as at night too. Whether I'm in the room or not makes no difference either.
I've always wondered if the neighbors could hear them, but never dared to ask.
It's an unsettling sound to me! Kind of like fingernails on a chalkboard. It seems like it's unsettling to most pigs as well. I wonder what they are saying and what it means??
I do have to say, even though the sound is unsettling to me, McChompChomp sure does look adorable with her little mouth moving like that.
I do think it is a sign for stress, I would say in about 90% of the times one of my pigs did this there was a reason, and not a "good" one.
More like: sick pig (meaning really sick) in the group or trouble in the group. Sometimes when a (or more) females was in heat.
So besides of the fact that I really don´t like the sound whenever I hear one of my cavies do this I feel sad for the pig that is so stressed it has to do this.
And seeing how the others react to this shows that it is not just a sound they make because they like it.
Well, there might be cavies who do this without such a reason, but even if I did like the sound I couldn´t enjoy it if one of my cavies did this a lot.