Last night I was awakened at 3:00 a.m. by this amazing, sustained, high-pitch chirping. I crept into the living room and found Job chirping through the bars at Phoebe, Meg, and Smoky, who were all staring at him, frozen like statues. Wow, what a sound.
I picked him up and held him, and for the first time he stretched out in my arms and let me pet him. Usually, he squirms and saunters around, shrugging off pets, which I have attributed to pain from a severe bout of scurvy and mites when he was younger. Now he just sunk into the crook of my arm.
This was his first night in contact with ladies. I had moved him over there just before I went to bed. He hasn't had a lot of contact with other pigs in general; he was in quarantine from various illnesses for about 3 months, and when I tried to get him a roommate, he beat the crap out of him.
He seems sad all the time. So I moved him to a place where he would be surrounded by adjoining cages. Then the chirping in the middle of the night.
I can't wait to hear it again. It was truly freaky. I read all the posts from long ago about chirping but didn't hear any theories beyond that it might be attributed to startling. I don't think this is so; as a matter of fact, he stopped chirping when a sudden movement by another pig startled him.
So I wonder if this chirping was due to stress from the sudden presence of all these new pigs around him, or he just wanted at the ladies that much?
- Knee Deep
- For the love of my girls!
lb watched my 8 girls at her house for a week two weeks ago. Sure enough, Ginger put on her little "play" for her. Get this, after I brought the girls back home, one of lb's pigs started chirpping!
My honest opinion... some pigs do it, some pigs don't. Some pigs do it oten, some pigs don't. I just think it is a personality thing. I have never been able to identify anything that would CAUSE Ginger do it as often as she does. I think she likes the way she sounds!
The only other chirper I've had was Almond, the day she injured her eye. She didn't chirp before and she hasn't done it since. I think it's a cool noise - the time Almond chirped, I thought it was the rat's wheel until I got up to fix it and realized it was coming from a pig.