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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > Samson and Lady's Excellent Bonding Adventure-Bonded!!
Last Post by Sam and Lady's Human at 5/19/2012 6:56 AM (62 Replies)
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User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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12/29/2011 10:05 AM

So I figured I'd start this now, since an end to the 2 cages split house is finally in sight  Lady is getting spayed on the 4th of January!

 

Ok so to start, Samson is a 4 1/4lb 10 month lionhead girl, spayed. She roams the house, but has her own xpen.

Lady is a 4 month old flemish giant girl, she is getting spayed a little early, but I have talked to my vet about it and since shes displaying some hormonal behavior (scenting and chinning everything for one), hes comfortable with spaying her at 4 1/2 months. She's about 6lbs at this point.

 

To start with bonding,  I've kept them separeted since I got lady 2 months ago. They are in xpens side by side, but about 2 inches apart. Battle of the poops has been bad, Samson didn't start creating her own piles until Lady escaped into her pen and chinned everything :/ That was about a week ago, so its been..annoying

Since then, I've hung a blanket between the 2 pens so they don't have a visual anymore while in their pens. Its worked wonders, Lady poops 90% in her box now instead of 20%, and Samsons back to normal }
"{ =ppl[; <---- thats from Lady

When they are out during the day, I stretch out Samsons xpen to the wall, so she get the bedrooms and the hall way, Lady gets the kitchen and living room. There is only 1 xpen separeting them during the day, so I watch. Samson tends to spend most of the day on the other side of the house in our bedroom, but sometimes she comes out.

One time the gate was left open on a rare occasion I wasn't home, and Lady got out, and they scuffled Fortunately we didn't have a rug at the time, just hardwood so they didn't get enought traction to do any serious damage. This was at about 3 weeks I think? Anyway.

So after about 3 or 4 weeks of interest from Lady, but total ignoring from Samson, they started meeting through the bars during play time. They'd both stick their noses through the fence and ask for grooms, and both refused to groom each other so I'd sit there with them (to prevent fights as well) and pet both noses (sometimes with a little water on my hands to add a little friction, more like grooming). They'd walk away happy. At this point if they'd try to demand grooms and I wasn't there petting, they'd box a little through the xpen. I'm always within a few feet of the wall so no damage would happen. I also keep a squirt bottle nearby to disuade fighting

 

Finally at about 6 weeks, they started to groom each other, and for decent periods of time, still through the xpen though.

(excuse all the background noise! I don't know how to mute that haha)

 


User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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12/29/2011 10:06 AM
Anyway, so thats pretty much up to date, I'll wait probably 2 more weeks after Lady is spayed, and then the true bonding commences!

User is Offline Sarita
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12/29/2011 10:23 AM
You might be one of the lucky bonders who's rabbits get along right away! I've had that happen a few times so it can definitely happen.

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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12/29/2011 10:30 AM
I sure hope so! The hard part is going to be to find a neutral spot to introduce, since they literally roam all over the house. I figured grooming is a good sign though at least!

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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1/13/2012 2:43 PM

Alright so I had their first bonding session, it was 2 days earlier than I wanted, but Lady managed to escape into Samsons area and they were doing circles so I put Samson in Ladys pen and created a second pen connected to that with Lady in it. I used a laundry bucket and a broom, and set out salads. It went pretty good, no grooming and a couple scuffles, but ok considering... Feel free to fast forward, I'm still working on editing hah
 

 


User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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1/13/2012 2:46 PM
Yesterday I did another session, a little longer about 15 minutes? I tried out in our complex hallway because it was for sure neutral, and being a new area it was intimidating for both. They had a small scuffle, but no fur pulled, I forgot my camera by the time I got the hamper,broom,veggies,litterbox and bunnies out there hah. No grooming yet but nose to nose for short bits.

User is Offline mocha200
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1/13/2012 3:01 PM
They look like they are dong great together! BTW, I LOVE Lady's tail!
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User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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1/13/2012 3:35 PM
Isn't it great? I pet it sometimes. Its just so big!! She was 8.5 lbs at the vet today!

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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1/13/2012 3:58 PM

And here's todays session! I moved it to the laundry room with great success I think! They never go in there, and I threw a couple sneakers in the dryer and ran it, along with playing some Pantera (loud angry music) for several minutes to basically stress them a little. Samson fake groomed Lady twice (smudged banana on their faces) but Lady didn't groom Samson at all   They had a couple of really minor scuffles that only lasted a half a second and they worked out themselves, I didn't have to interviene. I also pet their heads together, they sat nose to nose for a couple minutes and were good, just refused to groom each other. Willful bunnies I have!!!Total time today was about 30 minutes-ish

Here ya go, not super exciting since its a lot of ignoring but I guess thats good!!

 

 


User is Offline Malp_15
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1/13/2012 4:24 PM
They are the CUTEST pair!

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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1/13/2012 5:26 PM
Awhhh heehee Lady is getting so pretty and Samson is as cute as a button next to her Looks like bonding is off to a good start
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User is Offline LBJ10
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1/13/2012 6:45 PM
Glad it hasn't been a bogus journey. Hehe!

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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1/13/2012 6:52 PM
Haha *like*

User is Offline SirThumpsey
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1/13/2012 7:23 PM
that tail and those EARS! omgosh those ears!

and their noses going double time! so cute!

Looks like Lady bought the fake groom! lol

I cant be of too much help cause bud and halo were almost instant..but Good luck!

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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1/13/2012 7:27 PM
Haha there's a lot of funny parts in that, if you really look. There's one part where Lady goes to meet Samson without Samson noticing, then when Samson notices she hops around and puts her back to her for a bit And Lady totally melts when Samson grooms her, she just wants loove!
I'm going to do another 30 minute tomorrow morning, then a second one in the evening tomorrow

User is Offline emkvet
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1/14/2012 2:34 AM
They are ridiculously cute together. I love how Lady's eyes close when Sam starts grooming her. You have such beautiful buns, and I'm happy that bonding is going well for you!

User is Offline Sarita
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1/14/2012 4:47 AM
The broom idea is great! Lady loves her veggies doesn't she LOL.

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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1/14/2012 8:38 AM
This is a really good bonding journal with good videos
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User is Offline Elrohwen
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1/14/2012 9:36 AM
They're looking really good! Samson seems very easy going and completely unconcerned with having another rabbit so close. Lady definitely seems more apprehensive, but with the way things are going she'll probably build confidence pretty fast.

Lady's ears are precious, btw.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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1/14/2012 2:22 PM
Bad day today Didn't get the chance to try until about 5pm, put Samson in in her cardboard house, then added box and Lady and was setting up the loud music when they started to fight Some serious tufts of hair were pulled, and they both were on their side, latched onto each other and took me a few precious seconds to separate them. I looked them over and felt very thoroughly and nothing felt wrong or was bleeding Still very disturbing. I haven't decided if I'm going to give them a week break or try more, 2 seconds before I put them in the laundry room they were grooming through the bars! I think they are just trying to drive me crazy.
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