I'm Traci, a confirmed bunny lover. My friend and I have three bunnies. Our first is a Holland Lop, male, named Chewie. He's about two years old. We adopted him from the Humane Society. About three months later we adopted a female dward mix of some kind. Her name is Zoey, and she's about 2 1/2. They instabonded. Minor mounting, and their first night together they were aleady snuggling. I couldn't believe our luck. This was about a year and a half ago.
About six months ago we adopted a third bunny. All three are neutered/spayed, by the way. We were actually expecting to adopt a different bun, but the bunny date didn't go so well. And we saw a bunny that had been there for a LONG time, and I felt so bad for him and requested that we try the bunny date with him. Initially, at the place where we had the bunny date, all three buns got along fine. So we adopted Turbo, a male Dutch/Rex mix who just turned a year old.
However, once we got him home, he and the other two started fighting immediately. We tried neutral spaces, and initially Turbo would put his head down like he wanted to be groomed, but then one of the other buns would try to mount him, and then he'd freak out and the fighting would start. We sort of gave up and just kept him separate from the other two.
Well, I wanted Turbo to have a buddy too, so last night we took him to the Humane Society to try a bunny date there. The Humane Society has a lot of buns right now, so I wanted to help out in that respect as well. We tried with two very sweet female buns, but the fighting starting immediately, pretty much by Turbo.
We didn't adopt a bun, of course, but instead tried to bond Turbo again with our current buns. This time we tried with just Turbo and Chewie. I know they're both males, but Chewie is the sweet most laid back bun I've ever seen. Turbo IMMEDIATELY put his head down like he wanted to be groomed, and kept it down. Chewie seemed to be grooming him at first, but then tried to mount him. As soon as this happened, they started fighting, and continued fighting even when we put them on opposite sides of the bars of a separator we have. I just don't get it. Turbo seems to really want to get along with Chewie.
Is there any hope? Are we giving up too soon? We break up the fights as soon as they start, but since Turbo seems to want to be groomed and get along initially, I just feel confused.