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Post by Zo on Fri May 15, 2015 7:50 pm

So I started the bonding this evening, i put them in a neutral pen with a pile of hay and some herbs. It started off well, they were ignoring each other, then they'd sniff each other a bit, then go back to ignoring, Hec was grunting like he does when he's about to get food/when i come home. Then Hector started to hump her which she didn't like, it was ok at first, she'd push him off and they'd go back to ignoring, then it started to tend more towards aggression, they were almost bunny 500-ing on each other, I got the feeling she was going to lash out soon so I have separated them for now. I'm not sure whether to give it an hour and try it again this evening? Or leave them over night and try tomorrow? I've messaged Jill to get her advice but I thought I'd see what you guys think as well
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Post by Amelia66 on Fri May 15, 2015 8:26 pm

are they in pens next to each other where they can see/smell but not touch each other? Have you been swapping their pens so they can get used to each others scent? seems like you may have moved a bit quickly.

Chasing humping and nipping is all fine. They need to sort out who is boss. Only circling and face humping [due to bitten bits] is bad and should be avoided. With the humping if it gets a bit too much you can gently push one of them off. Did you have hay in the pen? how big was it? i find a smaller space better to start with [one pen pannel x one] as there is noting to fight over and having hay helped ours to settle.

If you have separated leave it until tomoro to let them and you calm down. Mostly you need to learn not to stress as they will pick up on that and it wont help them to bond.
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Post by cheryl'n'bruce'flo on Fri May 15, 2015 8:26 pm

Leave it. It is good the let them tussle a bit, but not too much too quickly.


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Post by Zo on Fri May 15, 2015 9:15 pm

Amelia66 wrote:are they in pens next to each other where they can see/smell but not touch each other? Have you been swapping their pens so they can get used to each others scent? seems like you may have moved a bit quickly.

Chasing humping and nipping is all fine. They need to sort out who is boss. Only circling and face humping [due to bitten bits] is bad and should be avoided. With the humping if it gets a bit too much you can gently push one of them off. Did you have hay in the pen? how big was it? i find a smaller space better to start with [one pen pannel x one] as there is noting to fight over and having hay helped ours to settle.

If you have separated leave it until tomoro to let them and you calm down. Mostly you need to learn not to stress as they will pick up on that and it wont help them to bond.

The thing I've found weird is when he humps her front she accepts it, when it's her back she runs away from him

Yes they had hay, in a 2' x 3' pen

I was advised by Jill who runs the rescue the girl came from to keep them completely separate then introduce in a neutral pen. They are next to each other now as i want to continue the bonding (feel it's better for them to see each other throughout)
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Post by Zo on Fri May 15, 2015 9:16 pm

cheryl'n'bruce'flo wrote:Leave it. It is good the let them tussle a bit, but not too much too quickly.

Ok, I will try again tomorrow! thanks cheryl
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Post by Thumper2001 on Fri May 15, 2015 9:27 pm

Fingers are crossed for you here Smile

I'm certainly no expert but I would be keeping them side by side to get them used to one another.
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Post by Honeybunny on Fri May 15, 2015 10:49 pm

Hello....
I have sent Zoe advice via Fb re the bonding
Just wanted to add a bit re side by side
If you have a few weeks to do a slow bond then side by side is good..keep swapping them into each others area so they get sued to the smell of each other .
But if you are going to do the introduce and leave bond..then best to keep them apart before you start. The problem with having them living next door to each other is they can get used to just that, the other rabbit being next door is fine but don't come into my house ..they accept the new bun with the fence in between.

So advice to Zoe is start again in the morning and don't panic too quickly..full advice in my Fb message Smile

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Post by Honeybunny on Fri May 15, 2015 10:49 pm

just adding it's ages since I've posted on here and such a surprise to see that old signature!

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Post by Zo on Sat May 16, 2015 7:40 am

Oo hello jill! I didn't know you had an account on here! Thank you for all of your help Smile
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Post by Zo on Sat May 16, 2015 5:39 pm

It went a bit better today Smile mostly peaceful with a bit of humping, I've cleaned and 'neutralised' the main pen, so they're in there now after spending all day together, fingers crossed they keep this up!!




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Post by KatieB on Sat May 16, 2015 8:09 pm

ooo was that grooming in that last picture??


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Post by Zo on Sat May 16, 2015 8:16 pm

It was!! Hector is going to have to learn that not everyone will sit and fuss him for half an hour though, ha. Just hoping it stays good tonight, then I'll feel a bit more relaxed!
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Sat May 16, 2015 8:17 pm

What adorable bunnies.

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Post by FluffSlave on Sat May 16, 2015 8:18 pm

Awww Love

I remember how stressful and scary it was when I bonded my two, so I am thinking of you Hugs

Fingers crossed everything goes well xxx
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Post by Zo on Sat May 16, 2015 8:20 pm

Thank you Fluffslave Love
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Post by Honeybunny on Sat May 16, 2015 9:36 pm

It's looking really good Zoe, well done you and please give little Zelda a noserub from me ! x

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Post by c.bolduan on Sat May 16, 2015 10:39 pm

Love Love BUNNY LOVE IS IN THE AIR! Love Love

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Post by Sixer on Sun May 17, 2015 7:56 am

Ooh ooh ooh. Have been AWOL and missed this. How fabulous to see them together. Am hoping for a happy update today. I am absolutely thrilled for you all Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Post by Sixer on Sun May 17, 2015 7:57 am

Forgot to say, don't they just look gorgeous together Love Love Love Love
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Post by KatieB on Sun May 17, 2015 11:44 am

Logging on in anticipation of reports of Lurrvveeee.....


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Post by Zo on Sun May 17, 2015 2:49 pm

Hahaha!! All seems good today, Hector got a bit over excited when I was dishing out their pellets and started humping her but i haven't seen anything since Smile
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Post by FluffSlave on Sun May 17, 2015 3:30 pm

Woohoo! Happy Dance
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Sun May 17, 2015 9:02 pm

Great news hun.

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Post by c.bolduan on Sun May 17, 2015 10:00 pm

Humping is ok. Bunnies do best? So glad it all goes smoothly!

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Post by jolovesbunnies on Mon May 18, 2015 7:47 pm

Sometimes they hump the wrong end, now that is funny to watch Laughing

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