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Post by Sixer on Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:39 pm

After much agonising and girding of loins BJ, Rosie and Hollie have been together since Monday lunchtime. Hollie, I think had realised that Herbie wasn't coming back and was looking very miserable on Monday morning.

The three of them spent a couple of hours huddled together somewhat shellshocked after being introduced in the pen in the conservatory on Monday. I felt awful seeing them like that  Sad but there was some mutual grooming going on which gave me hope. Once the shock had worn off Rosie (predictably) started getting nippy but BJ seemed to be acting as a peacemaker. There was no out and out aggression though so I left them together and spent a cold, miserable night sleeping on the floor next to them.

Yesterday it was BJ who was playing up. Rosie was still warning Hollie away and BJ had got humpy. This meant Hollie was jumping away everytime they approached her, even with non-threatening overtones. At this point I was beginning to wonder if this was all a mistake. However being tired I nodded off and when I woke up an hour later all three were sat together. This carried on into the evening so I left them on their own overnight.

They were all sat together again when I went to them first thing this morning  Very Happy There has been some minor humping today but on the whole they look more settled so I am beginning to feel hopeful that this may work.

Oh and Sparky, was it you who said not to give them too much space too soon? Well this afternoon as it has been decent weather I was blitzing the shed for them to move back into, hopefully at the weekend. I happened to glance through the conservatory window. To my disbelief three rabbits were happily exploring the conservatory together  pale  Shocked One of them had bitten through one of the cable ties holding the pen together and all three had busted out. As there was no aggro I let them stretch their legs for a bit.

If there are any bunny bonding vibes going spare send them this way, I am not ready to say they are bonded just yet. Some anti-stress vibes would be good for me too - I think I have aged 10 years since Monday  Hmmm 

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Re: Bonding - 48 hours in.

Post by jolovesbunnies on Wed Feb 19, 2014 5:52 pm

This is great news love at a very upsetting time. Loads and loads of bonding vibes are on their way.

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Post by paullp on Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:47 pm

great news! lots of bonding vibes going your way!
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Re: Bonding - 48 hours in.

Post by c.bolduan on Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:59 pm

You folks can have all the vibes in the world.
Bonding, distress, let's stick together and have fun, peaceful, playful and youthful ones.
How about this?
Sending love to you

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Post by NickieM on Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:06 pm

You know what Vanessa? You deserve a bit of good luck. I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that the little blighters keep it up and play nicely.

I hear that Oil of Olay do a very good anti-ageing cream! Might be worth piling some on Laughing


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Post by BugsBunny on Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:36 pm

Good luck hun, I hope it works out, sounds good so far so fingers crossed for you.

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Re: Bonding - 48 hours in.

Post by Sparky on Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:51 pm

Sixer wrote:Oh and Sparky, was it you who said not to give them too much space too soon?  Well this afternoon as it has been decent weather I was blitzing the shed for them to move back into, hopefully at the weekend. I happened to glance through the conservatory window. To my disbelief three rabbits were happily exploring the conservatory together  pale  Shocked One of them had bitten through one of the cable ties holding the pen together and all three had busted out. As there was no aggro I let them stretch their legs for a bit.
It was me, but you see, that was unauthorised space. They would have been far too busy being pleased with themselves about busting out for any aggro  Laughing 

You can never tell how bonds are going to go until you start one, and this sounds really promising  Very Happy
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Post by Tuckerbunnies on Thu Feb 20, 2014 5:01 pm

Good Luck Vanessa  Thumbs Up 


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Re: Bonding - 48 hours in.

Post by FluffSlave on Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:14 pm

I'm glad to hear they're all making good progress Thumbs Up

I'm sending lots of bonding and anti-stress vibes your way Hugs
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Re: Bonding - 48 hours in.

Post by KatieB on Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:22 pm

What news brim the warren today?


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Re: Bonding - 48 hours in.

Post by Sixer on Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:33 pm

Sparky wrote:
Sixer wrote:Oh and Sparky, was it you who said not to give them too much space too soon?  Well this afternoon as it has been decent weather I was blitzing the shed for them to move back into, hopefully at the weekend. I happened to glance through the conservatory window. To my disbelief three rabbits were happily exploring the conservatory together  pale  Shocked One of them had bitten through one of the cable ties holding the pen together and all three had busted out. As there was no aggro I let them stretch their legs for a bit.
It was me, but you see, that was unauthorised space. They would have been far too busy being pleased with themselves about busting out for any aggro  Laughing 

You can never tell how bonds are going to go until you start one, and this sounds really promising  Very Happy

Silly me - fancy forgetting there is difference between authorised and non-authorised space  Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes 
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Re: Bonding - 48 hours in.

Post by Sixer on Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:48 pm

Katieb wrote:What news from the warren today?

Positive news really - when I checked in on them this morning Rosie and Hollie were squashed into the grassy house together. I have increased their space a wee bit today and put a couple of litter trays in the pen instead of loose hay and also put a cardboard box in. BJ was a bit protective of the cardboard box but there was no nastiness.

They have had a couple of free range times in the conservatory to stretch their legs which they have enjoyed. Again BJ has been a bit chasey but again with no real intent. Tonight all three have piled into the (very large) supper bowl together.

So all in all, if I dare to say it I think we have a trio. I suspect Hollie may be the odd one out at times but I remind myself that she at least has bunny company. Both BJ and Rosie have groomed her though and she has also groomed them.

I fully expect there maybe some humping/chasing when they move into the shed with it being a new environment but what I have witnessed up to now hasn't given me any cause for worry. I think what helped in the very early stages was that all three respond to their names so that when I felt I needed to step in a firm "BJ/Rosie/Hollie no!" was enough to stop them in their tracks.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that we have some nice weather  Hmmm  over the weekend so that I can get them out into their shed and initially keep an eye on them. So much for all the jobs I meant to do around the house this week!!
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Re: Bonding - 48 hours in.

Post by c.bolduan on Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:44 pm

So glad to hear that they seem to get on. Well done.
Topping up with let's stick together vibes Wave Love Thumbs Up 

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Post by Thumper2001 on Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:00 am

I'm so pleased this seems to be going well. Long May it continue Smile
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Post by KatieB on Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:41 am

This is great news - keeping everything crossed for happy loved up bunnies once they move outside cxx


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Post by Sparky on Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:04 pm

Great news  Very Happy 
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:07 pm

Top up vibes on the way love, I am so pleased that they are getting on so well.

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Post by BugsBunny on Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:10 pm

That is fantastic news hun, so glad she has company again and keeping fingers crossed it all stays well and happy for them and you.

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Post by FluffSlave on Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:52 pm

This is fantastic news - I hope they keep it up when they go outside Very Happy
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Post by c.bolduan on Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:23 am

Outside let's stick together vibes sent. And lots of them....

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Re: Bonding - 48 hours in.

Post by Sixer on Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:54 pm

Well, they are out in the shed. All seemed fine at first then BJ started to do a Gabriel and went into 'hump monster' mode. Not that Hollie and Rosie would let him, they kept moving away. I sat with them for almost three hours ( ended up with numb bum and legs) but there was no aggression, just BJ making a real nuisance of himself.

When I went out an hour later with their tea they seemed mors settled so fingers crossed BJ just has to get the humpiness out of his system.
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Re: Bonding - 48 hours in.

Post by KatieB on Sun Feb 23, 2014 5:05 pm

I have a humpy bunny here too....maybe he thinks spring is coming....

Im so glad they all seem settled and happy. Sending nose rubs to all.



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