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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > their fighting >.<
Last Post by Roberta at 8/09/2012 3:15 PM (32 Replies)
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User is Offline Jacob
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8/08/2012 11:49 PM
hey i have two bunnies both 2 months old both male and they have been happy together for over a week but just had a massive might y have they just stared they are still young no balls yet and how can i stop this they share a pen is it safe to put them both in there when i go to work will they hurt each other or worse please help

User is Offline TH004
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8/08/2012 11:55 PM
You may get more answers to this on the "bonding" forum. I have tried to bond my rabbit, but it never worked. I would be very careful. Rabbits look cute, but can be vicious and really hurt one another. It could be that their hormones are coming in and they are trying to fight it out to see who is the top buns. The bonding forum will have people who know how to handle this situation safely.

User is Offline Jacob
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8/09/2012 12:05 AM
thank you i will post it there to

User is Offline Beka27
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8/09/2012 12:31 AM
I deleted the thread in the bonding section as this doesn't really relate to bonding per se. Also, please don't post the same topic twice. If necessary, a forum leader will move the thread to the designated section. This one is okay here tho.

The short answer is that unneutered rabbits will often fight. This does not usually occur until a bit later (4-6 months), but at 2 months, it's not unheard of. Since they are still too young to be neutered, you'll need to get a second cage or pen so they can be housed safely. After they are neutered (once their testicles drop at 4 months), that is when you will start the bonding process and you are more than welcome to start a bonding thread so we can offer tips, advice, and encouragement.

The final question, have they been examined by a rabbit vet yet? You need to get confirmation of their sexes. Bunnies are often sexed incorrectly at such a young age.
Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline Jacob
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8/09/2012 12:44 AM
the vet hasnt seen them just but they yet are book in to be desexed soon thank you for the advice hopefully they stop fighting. cus i let them out when im home how can i stop them fighting when their out

User is Offline Beka27
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8/09/2012 12:46 AM
You'll have to have them out separately from now on. They can get badly injured in just a few seconds. It's too risky if they're already fighting.
Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline Roberta
Wanneroo, Western Australia
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8/09/2012 12:51 AM
2 Months is really young to be fighting. How are they currently housed and what are you feeding them ?
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User is Offline Roberta
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8/09/2012 12:58 AM
I am in Australia too Jacob. I'm in Perth and we have some people in the Eastern States also. Where are you ?
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User is Offline Jacob
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8/09/2012 1:37 AM
i live in the rockingham area

User is Offline Jacob
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8/09/2012 1:39 AM
they share the same hutch and snuggle together all the time they get just a little carrot rabbit feed rabbit pellets tomarto strawberrys apples and straw im introducing new food slowly so they dont get sick

User is Offline Roberta
Wanneroo, Western Australia
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8/09/2012 2:14 AM
Eeek, Strawberries, Apples, Tomato.... That's like raising a 3 yr old on a diet of Mars bars............. All those things are treats like candy...
They need unlimited hay for their teeth and innards, a small amount of pellets probably a small cup a day between them although as babies they can have a bit more. You need to start introducing some greens soon about 12 weeks. Bok Choy, Parsley, Basil, Kale, Nasturtiums, Fennel, umm check the list on the home page.. you got the introduce slowly part right. Some of the aggression could be from them not getting enough nutrition and fighting over resources. A very easy mistake to make, but you are now in a place where you have support and help so lets get things back on track. I also have contacts down your way so I will try and get you some Rabbit Savvy vet contacts and general moral support in the area. You might want to go to Rabbit Rescue on Facebook as they have several foster carers down your way who are also happy to help with advice.
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User is Offline Jacob
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8/09/2012 2:23 AM
haha ok i didnt realize i guess they are way to spoilt. should they have two food bowls and i was told not to give them leafy foods cus it can give them the runs

User is Offline Roberta
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8/09/2012 2:35 AM
That's OK, There's lots of bad advice out there and some good but incomplete. Usually you hold off on greens till they are about 12 weeks but you don't give them treats either. First get yourself some NIC cubes or Xpens to create separate play areas until we get the fighting sorted. That way they can see each be close to each other while we try to rebuild their bond. Go to the home page and download the food list. If you can't find it let me know and I'll drop in the link. Don't feed them pale lettuce like iceburg etc. Bok Choy, Parsley, Basil, Cos lettuce are good. Potato peels, tomato seeds and quite a few other things that look safe are poison. Meanwhile unlimited hay, good pellets that aren't too high in fat or calcium and lots of fresh water. Not any of those pellet mixes that have lots of mixed grains etc as they are not good for them.
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User is Offline Roberta
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8/09/2012 2:40 AM
Is it one of those two story hutches where you can raise the ramp and separate them ?
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User is Offline Jacob
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8/09/2012 2:45 AM
wow i didnt even know they were poison jet loves cherry tomartos no more for him. im going to get them desexed asap aswell and getting two hutches so they have their own teratory. i have them booked into baldivis vets do u know if they are any good for bunnies? also they may have stoped fighting i think for now theo is groominng jet and vica vers is this permament or a temperary truce?

User is Offline Jacob
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8/09/2012 2:46 AM
no its not im getting a new one tomorrow

User is Offline Roberta
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8/09/2012 2:56 AM
Grooming is good... Because of the treats one or both may have had sore tummies. Still get the second hutch its always handy to have a spare. I would get them some lovely flat leaf parsley and offer them a little to start. If you have had the over a week now they should be closer to 10 weeks as buns should not leave Mum till atleast 8 weeks unless absolutely necessary. Once they start on greens they will need atleast half a cup full each twice a day whilst small then a cup full each twice a day when bigger. You will need to calculate it on weight once you know how big they are going to get. Mean while I will check out Baldivis Vet.
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User is Offline Jacob
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8/09/2012 3:08 AM
awesome thank you so much yah i think jet is older than the pet shop said but theo is only 8 weeks old i didnt realize that was to young

User is Offline Roberta
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8/09/2012 3:33 AM
Well, If you have had Theo for over a week and he is only just 8 weeks then he did leave his Mum a little bit young and nutritional issues could be a real concern. Also as sexing bunnies has run many of us afoul it would still be wise to separate them until your are positive they are both the same gender. I have two oops litters to prove that even the best can get it wrong (and I' not talking about myself). Still there may be a reason the buns had to leave their Mum early, it happens and as long as they are eating on their own and getting the right diet they should be fine. You are halfway between my two main Down South contacts one in Armadale the other in Collie but I have the word out...
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User is Offline Jacob
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8/09/2012 3:41 AM
awesome thank you so much what should i do for tonight jet is chasing theo again and its not playing and i only have the one pen for now?
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