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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-19-2010, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Question Increasingly Vocal Chinchilla

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I got my chinchilla (3 years old) in April. His previous owner was a chinchilla breeder, and told me I should expect some guinea-pig like vocalizations. However, he never made a peep! I heard him do a repetitive chirp once in July, and that was it until the month of September. Now, I hear him "talk" once or twice a week.
Is there a reason for this? He doesn't do it when he's agitated, nor does he seem pained or unhappy when he chirps. But I can't wrap my head around this sudden change. His main cage is in my room, and I supervise his outside play, so it's not as if I'm just around him more now.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-19-2010, 11:44 PM
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i dont no anything about chinchillas but could it be that hes only talking now cuz he finally feels secure in his surrounding ? or did perhaps something change in his enviro ?

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it could just be that he now feels comfortable around you, and in his environment. "talking" is a way of communicating, and that may be what he is trying to do with you. maybe hes asking for a treat, or a dust bath, or something else.. it is a very normal behavior though!!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 07:25 PM
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The reason for this really depends on what kind of noise he's making. Chinchillas make a different noise for almost everything. There's a quiet kind of soft grunt they do when happy or searching for something to chew on, a bark of warning, a bark of fear. If you would like to do some further research I would suggest chincare.com. They have a fairly in depth section on chinchilla communications.
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