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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > Introducing Bunny To Bunny?
Last Post by Kokaneeandkahlua at 8/02/2008 7:30 PM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline RainyInferno
Jacksonville, Fl
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7/31/2008 3:35 PM

Ahh HELP

So, I've had my Lola bunny for a while, she's gotten pretty big. One of our neighbors had been breeding rabbits and did NOT know what they were doing, and ended up having alot of baby rabbits out of a home. 

Another neighbor had taken one of them from a later litter, but can no longer care for the bunny so they asked us if we could take the new bunny.

We introduced them in an area that wasn't Lola's, and they seemed okay. Lola licked the new bunny, but the little bunny is scared because Lola is much bigger then he/she is at the moment.

What do I do? I have a seperate cage for the smaller bunny, but they are going to need to co-exsist.

I just don't know what the warning signs are when introducing them, or if I should wait till the other gets older or what?

And I need to get them fixed, cause I DON'T know if the new bunny is a  boy or a girl yet, but I think I have a little while because it's still really tiny???

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" I don't much care where"

Then it doesn't much matter which way you go"

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User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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7/31/2008 3:41 PM
Just because they're really tiny doesn't always mean that they aren't sexually mature. I wouldn't worry about the lil bun being scared as it will be scared because it is in a new place with new people. The fact that your previous bun didn't try to chase the intruder away is a good sign. It is also possible that there is some "mothering instincts" coming from Lola.

I would wait until they're both fixed. Check with the vet as to how soon that could be for your new bun.
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User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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7/31/2008 5:02 PM
definitely wait until at least Lola is fixed for a full month, if not both. if you don't know how old the second bunny is, it's better to err on the side of caution. by all means, they can caged near each other, but make sure to leave a few inches between them at all times.
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User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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8/01/2008 10:11 AM
Ditto-You don't want to be in trouble with an accidental litter! At least one should be fixed.

In the mean time, get both of them a stuffed animal (appropriately sized, good material that doesn't pull out easy) and put in each of their cages, after a week (so they have the scent) switch them. Now they have a pretend friend, who never bites them and smells EXACTLY like that new rabbit- I think this should help bonding when the time comes.

When you do an introduction make sure it's neutral territory-somewhere Lola's *never* been. Bathtub is usually great-line with towels.

Signs of aggression are obviously growling, but also pinning the ears back, charging, going for the bum. Humping can be allowed as long as it's short lived, tolderated by the other, and not on the face (nipping-..). But that's a while, wait until at least one is spayed!

Ohhh and congrats on your new bunny!! When do we get pictures!!?!?!
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User is Offline RainyInferno
Jacksonville, Fl
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8/01/2008 12:03 PM

Thanks!

Soon! Very soon for pictures, probably later tonight!

I'm just not so sure about letting them meet just yet, cause the other bun is so tiny. I'm afraid that even if they are fixed Lola might accidently hurt the little one.

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to"

" I don't much care where"

Then it doesn't much matter which way you go"

"…so long as I get somewhere."

User is Offline RainyInferno
Jacksonville, Fl
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8/01/2008 4:07 PM





As much as she'd let me sit still and take.

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to"

" I don't much care where"

Then it doesn't much matter which way you go"

"…so long as I get somewhere."

User is Offline Kokaneeandkahlua
Edmonton, Alberta; Canada
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8/02/2008 7:30 PM
CUTE!!
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