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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > How would you start?
Last Post by MarkBun at 3/02/2012 1:19 PM (3 Replies)
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User is Offline BunnyDuck
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2/29/2012 7:46 AM

I'm soon to be joining the world of bonding my buns, so I'll just explain my situation.

I have three buns. Amy (Male) and Daisy (Female), are already bonded, they've been together since birth. They are both neutered/spayed. My other bun, Alfie was neutered almost a week ago. He seems to be healing fine and my plan was to start bonding sessions for him with Amy and Daisy next week.

I understand how to bond, I've read up a lot on it. I'm just not sure how to introduce them all, when I've already got two bonded buns. Do I put Alfie in the bathtub with one of them for a session, give him a bit of a break after, then put him in the bathtub with the other? 

I understand that bonding three buns together could end up breaking the bond of Amy and Daisy, which I hope doesn't happen. I also read somewhere to try and bond the most dominent bun of the pair with Alfie and the other would be more accepting. But Amy and Daisy are both dominent in there own ways, so I can't tell who's the most dominent.

What would you do or should I do? 


User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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2/29/2012 8:09 AM
I would start with pairs - try Amy and Alfie together in one session, then try Daisy and Alfie together in another session. I would work to get Alfie's bonds with each of them to a pretty stable place (at least in the bathtub, not necessarily to the level of living together) and then introduce all three and hopefully it won't be too chaotic. It's up to you whether to try the trickier pairing first or the easier pair. In one way, doing the hardest pair first means it's probably downhill from there. Then again, I've heard doing the easiest pair first can give you a buffer between the hard pair once you work on them. Personally, I think it's just a matter of what you prefer.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline BunnyDuck
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3/01/2012 3:45 PM
Thank you for the reply.
Yeah I was thinking about doing something like what you said. Hopefully this works out it doesn't take a very long time.

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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3/02/2012 1:19 PM
I know this sounds drastic but I"d try all three at once. Put the pair into the tub and then introduce the third - see what happens. Sometimes a bond can shift about without the other being there. Both types have merit of course and dealing with two is easier than three. But IMO it's good to see what happens if they're all in the boat at the same time to start with - you can also gauge who'll be the easier of the two with the rabbit.

I'd also suggest swapping out their litter boxes with one another a couple of days before hand. Your freshly neutered male's scent will be changing for a couple of weeks after the surgery.

My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!
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