Rabbit Bonding - When Will It Happen?

by Tahli
(Southport )

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I have a 9 month old dwarf rabbit (Peanut) who was split up from his brother due to them fighting when they reached maturity.

Peanut's brother went to my friends house and successfully paired with her female rabbit.

Peanut stayed with us and became the most amazing house rabbit you could wish for.

He had some dental problems from birth so unfortunately has no front teeth.... But this doesn't stop him.

After some time on his own we noticed he was missing his brother so we got him a new rabbit.... Binky a female....

Well so we thought!

They bonded straight away but then, low-and-behold as maturity came in with the new rabbit, fighting broke out....

We took Binky to the vets and it turns out 'SHE' was actually a 'HE'. ARRRRGGGG!

So Peanut was back to square one and again Binky went to a friend who succeeded in pairing him with another female!

Which brings us to NOW....

I saw a post of someone getting rid of a female 18 month old lop as they could no longer look after her and I thought 3rd time lucky. Thus could be fate right???

So, I have had Lola for 4 days and these two just don't seem to be bonding.

I mean, is he destined to be on his own or is it us at fault on the bonding process.

All he wants to do is hump her but half way through he gives up and she just seems non-interested as if she would rather just be in our company without him.

Poor Peanut. With having no teeth he can't defend himself, so when she is peeved with him humping so much, it's Peanut that ends up with a bald butt.

Please can someone help?

I want them to both be happy.

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It's all Normal :-)
by: Kerry

It has been known for some rabbits to take up to 3 years to fully bond, so please don't give up.

Have you tried the bath (dry) or the car journey methods yet? Fearful (but safe) situations can make rabbits closer as they turn to each other for security.

Aggression and territorial behaviour is normal with rabbits reaching sexual maturity. Male humping is also a perfectly normal thing too.
However neutering will came him down and make her less annoyed with him.

Boys tend to reach maturity at around 3 to 4 months while females take a little longer between 5 and 6 months. They will become very aggressive and territorial at this time which would explain the behaviour.

Rest assured all will be resolved and things will become easier if they are both neutered. It will take from 2 weeks to 2 months for the hormones to settle down after neutering.

These pages may also help with your research...

Rabbit Bonding - http://www.justrabbits.com/rabbit-bonding.html


Rabbits Living Together - http://www.justrabbits.com/bunny-rabbits-together.html


Territorial Behaviour - http://www.justrabbits.com/rabbit-behaviour.html


Neutering & Spaying - http://www.justrabbits.com/neutering-rabbits.html


You may also want to note that any bonding process should be done slowly, carefully, and supervised until real bonding is complete.

There are two important things to remember about bonding:

1. Understand rabbit body language. Positive signs include all relaxed behaviour: resting quietly, stretching out, flopping, and purring. Grooming, eating and drinking in each others company are positive too. Mounting the other rabbit is positive, unless the other rabbit is squealing - this can mean some biting is involved and should be stopped.

2. Watch for signs of aggression. Such as tail up, ears back, growling, boxing, circling, chasing and biting. If any one of these occurs several times in a row and neither rabbit backs down you should stop them immediately. A spray of water to the head may interrupt a fight about to happen but it won't do anything to stop them once they start fighting. A gloved physical pick up or a towel used to separate them will be your only options here. (Or a bowl of water poured on them but this is a bit extreme).

You may understand a lot more about rabbit diet, environment and how they 'think' inside my new rabbit program. It's the result of over 30 years of research and it's a great way to fully appreciate your bunnies.

Take a peak here and see if it's for you...
https://justrabbits.leadpages.co/irabbit-ready-presentation

Good luck and don't worry, you haven't been doing anything wrong, it's all perfectly normal, and if I had a pound for every time someone wrote in saying their 'he' was a 'she' or visa-versa, I'd be a very wealthy gal lol!

Kerry

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