BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > Bonding is not progressing..
Last Post by Elrohwen at 1/31/2012 5:50 AM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline elroyandjoann
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1/30/2012 4:46 PM

Hello! I am new to binky bunny...

I have had rabbits for a few years, but just decided to bond a pair. I brought home Howie to bond with my JoAnn after they had a really good date. Things seemed to start out pretty normal. Some territorial nipping and lunging, some stand offs for grooming (putting their heads down by each other), some mounting by Howie, and some ignoring each other. It's been about two weeks, though, and it does not seem to have progressed. The problem is that after about 5-10 mins Howie will not leave JoAnn alone. He continuously tries to mount her, but bites her at the same time. This turns into circling and I have to break them up. Their dates are only civil for about 10-15 minutes. Any advice?


User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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1/30/2012 5:21 PM
Just some basics, but are they both altered?
Are you bonding in a neutral area?

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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1/31/2012 1:56 AM

Humping isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the escalation into a fight isn't good. Are you able to pet Joann's forehead to calm her down a little first? If Howie can hump her for 10-20 seconds, he may be able to "get his point across" and then they can resume normal activities.

What kind of bonding space are they in, when are your sessions, and what do they have in the space with them? Sometimes adding or removing objects and litterboxes can help with territorial behavior.

I always had a very lightweight "cheapy" laundry basket in the room with us during bonding. When my pair would scuffle, I would use it to gently nudge them apart, then I would drop it upside down over one of the bunnies, making an immediate "cage". It was enough of a barrier to stop the fight, without ending the session. After a few minutes, the basket would come off and the session would resume. I never did less than a one hour session, and I never allowed a fight to end the session.

What other deterrents have you used, noise maker, spray bottle, and are you stressing them beforehand?  Have you tried reducing the size of the bonding space?

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User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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1/31/2012 5:50 AM
When this happened with my pair I used stressing to break the focus of the one chasing. I put them both in a laundry basket and shook them around for a few seconds. They would snap out of the chasing and humping and I'd get some more calm time (I'd always end the session on this calm note - ending when they're tense will teach them they can get rid of the other rabbit by being obnoxious)
- Elrohwen

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