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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 Hazel
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3/04/2012 12:29 PM

Crossing my fingers!

"You ain't buna fide!"

User is Offline SirThumpsey
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3/04/2012 3:17 PM
YAY!

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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3/06/2012 6:56 AM
Gah these 2 are so frustrating. After 2 good days in the kitchen, I tried them in the living room, and they fought >.< It's hard to tell who instigating, I'm just stuck at what to do now.

User is Offline SirThumpsey
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3/09/2012 4:37 AM
Hmm, How long was your longest session in the kitchen?

And I'm guessing living room isn't neutral? Maybe stress them a little bit while they are in there...If you need to vacuum, you could kill two birds with one stone (not that I condone the killing of birds...)

Sorry, I can't help too much, Halo and Bud were almost an instant bond.

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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3/09/2012 5:32 AM
Like, 5 hours or more? They don't care about the vacuum, or much of anything hah. I've got a 3 and 4 year old so spontaneous noise doesn't disturb them. We're still working in the kitchen. It seems like a couple things are happening, Sam demands grooms and Lady doesn't give them, and every once in a while one will try to groom the others hindquarters and they are both jumpy about that. They've done a couple little spats but no bunny circles in a couple sessions so we're getting there....

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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3/15/2012 12:06 PM
I seeee the liggghhtt

Its been hours. Like, 8-9 hours, of grooming from Sam, eating, flopping, pooping, general hanging out-ness in the kitchen with the bunnies without a single scuffle.

This is going to sound weird, but it seems like Sam is bonded to Lady, but Lady isn't bonded to Sam. She's kinda indifferent, doesn't groom her, just asks for groomies all the time, or a few times wanted out of the kitchen. Shes comfortable with her, and not aggressive in the kitchen, she'll even full on dead bunny pass out next to Sam. I dont know. Maybe she is bonded? I just wish she would groom Sam!! Is Honey toxic? could I put a teeeny tiny dot of honey on Sams head to encourage some grooms? Sam like, BEGS for some love and I feel so bad

User is Offline piperknitsRN
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3/15/2012 12:24 PM

Here's my experience:  Simon rarely grooms Olive, and in the beginning of their bond, I was pretty sure Olive was doing all the grooming.  But, I do occasionally see Simon grooming Olive now that we are several months into their bond.  I don't know about honey; I used a little mashed banana on their foreheads--but there again, it was mostly Olive grooming Simon.  They both cuddle and flop next to each other, so I think the mostly-one-way-grooming thing is ok.  Olive does beg for "groomies" from Simon, but rarely gets them. 


User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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3/15/2012 12:51 PM
I've tried banana, Lady just grabs it off and is done haha. I've seen her groom her like, once or twice, through the bars. I just feel like if she did, they would be officially done hah.

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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3/16/2012 6:21 AM
Alright! So after about 11 hours in the kitchen, I separated the bunnies. Lady kept standing at the fence, so I decided to let her out and see how Samson acted if Lady was near her turf. With Sam locked in her pen in my bedroom, Lady ran around and did super large binkies, and basically ignored Sam with the occasional check in nose to nose through the bars. No scuffles.

So after about 30 minutes of this, I blocked off under the bed and practically sat on Lady (no worries, I groom her this way, with her on the floor between my knees, she doesn't mind) and opened pen so Sam could come out. I watched super close, with spare hands ready, but Sam just walked up, asked for a groom, then started grooming Lady. Then Sam sniffed around and checked out all the places Lady had been, and Lady checked out Sams house.

Sam has stopped territorial pooping, but Lady hasn't >.< that was the main reason I separated them last night, because I don't think Lady is in looove yet. They hung out in the bedroom for a couple of hours, both in Sams pen (which she was ok with, no grunting or stressed posture) and then Lady led them down the hall and they checked out Ladys area. Sam went to the rug and flopped, Lady flopped about 4 feet away. I watched and read for about 30 minutes then separated them for the night.I put Sam in her pen by the bed, but she kept sitting by the door and giving me a look (ok not really but I *totally* felt the sadness haha) so I let her out for the night and she ran down the hall and laid by the gate that separates them. I'm not sure how long or anything either of them were down there

And now we're back in the kitchen. For another long day of bonding...

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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3/16/2012 7:04 AM
Apparently I'm a bunny too

So on a whim, I was like, you know what, maybe if Lady sees me grooming Sam, she'll be like, ohhh duh!

So I got down on the ground and Sam came over (shes been super happy lately) and I gave her a couple pets so she put her head all the way down for groomies, and then I "groomed" her with my nose and gave her kisses. Immediately Lady came over and watched us for a second, then scooched in and groomed Lady for a few minutes!!!! <3 <3 <3

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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3/16/2012 7:36 AM
Bahaha OH NO.

Apparently Lady grooming Sam back finally...means Sam wants to be the dominant one. Lady was dead bunny flopped against the wall, Sam went and groomed her, then went behind and humped her!! Poor Lady jumped awake and shot off. No scuffles though. I've never seen Sam hump anything!!!

User is Offline LoveChaCha
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3/16/2012 9:35 AM
Oh my goodness! LOL
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User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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3/19/2012 4:52 AM
Do bunnies spend 100% of time together if they are bonded?

User is Offline Sarita
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3/19/2012 5:42 AM
I would say if they are spending 100% of the time together with no problems, they are bonded. They will continue to cement their relationship but no fighting, sharing food, litter box, etc...to me that's bonded!

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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3/19/2012 5:04 PM
Well I think they are bonded! Tonight will be their first night over night, but they've had full reign of the house for 3 days now and there hasn't been any fights. They aren't attached at the hip, but they spend probably half the day together running around and sleeping. They share litter boxes ( even at the same time haha) hay, salads and pellets, only separated for a few hours at night and even then Sam usually sleeps by the gate. Crossing my fingers!!!

User is Offline emkvet
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3/19/2012 6:41 PM
Congratulations! This is very exciting for you! I hope all continues going well! Sending (((bonding vibes)))!!!!

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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3/20/2012 8:30 AM
We had an overnight success!! Sam is still trying to hump lady, which is annoying, but lady just moves away.

User is Offline bunnyfriend
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5/07/2012 5:10 PM
How is the bonding going now??
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User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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5/18/2012 11:15 AM
We're very bonded here! The humping has pretty much stopped, and they are close Lady still isn't litterboxed trained while in her pen, she poops everywhere >.< I'm hoping that'll fade with time/ and or when we move.

User is Offline Sarita
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5/18/2012 11:26 AM
Yay! That's great. So glad that is done.
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