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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > Adult spayed female bonded with a baby bun?
Last Post by TheDuchess at 3/28/2019 8:42 AM (22 Replies)
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User is Offline DanaNM
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3/25/2019 8:57 AM
I want to thank everyone for offering very sound advice and solutions so far.

I also want to remind everyone that the OP's original question was on bonding techniques for babies to an adult. I think the point has been well made and backed-up that this is not a good idea, as it is dangerous to the baby, and not possible to truly bond anyway until after the new bun is spayed/neutered. I do agree (and I chatted with my rescue about this, as they just dealt with a bunch of litters and ended up bonding some of the siblings in pairs and trios) that if you wait to separate until you see hormonal behaviors, it can be too late, and the chances of bonding are much lower.

The OP's original point was not "whether I should get a baby or adult", or whether it was appropriate for her bf to have partial ownership, so let's try to keep the discussion on the original question.

I think that the key points have been made (and repeated), so let's try to not to circle around and around repeating ourselves.


User is Offline Alisha
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3/27/2019 10:02 AM
Agreed, Thanks for any input. *closed*

User is Offline TheDuchess
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3/28/2019 8:42 AM
Hi Alisha,

It's been a while since I've been on the forum, but I was peeking around and noticed your thread.
I believe Dana was referencing me in regard to her earlier reply. As a new bunny owner, I too wanted to get another cute little baby that I could bond with my spayed female. I also believed that rescue buns would be more likely to exhibit "bad behaviors" (totally untrue). So I did my research, I prebonded for months, got him neutered, waited for residual hormones to dissipate, and started the bonding.

At first, they seemed to just love each other. But as things progress and we tried expanding bonding areas, introducing semineutral territory, etc. they just didn't get along anymore. They would be fine for sometimes hours at a time but then have outbursts with eachother. Rabbits are so unpredictable and when things start to turn with them, it all happens VERY fast. I had to rehome him because I was not well equipped to house them separately. By that point I had him for 6 months and I was devastated and heartbroken to have to part with him, but they just weren't going to work.

Now, last year I went on a trip and dropped my female off at the rescue to be "bunny sat" while we were away. I asked them to introduce her to some buns while I was gone. I truly didn't care about breed, age, sex, or any of that. I just told them to find somebun that she really seemed to click with. When we got back a few days later, they told us that Ophelia and Sven were basically in love. They had stayed together almost their entire stay at the rescue and they came home with me and immediately went into a room together and they've been perfect ever since.

Aside from the fact that choosing a rescue allowed us to have a really smooth sailing bonding process, I'm just so grateful that Ophelia has found a partner that she really does just love. It's turned her into a totally different rabbit. She used to be so stressed and scared of everything and she would lash out and get aggressive if she didn't get her way. Now she's so much more chill and relaxed, and she's a total sweetheart. That in itself is validation that I did the right thing for her by letting her pick her own partner.

I know it was a long post, but I hope you'll see my point here. I'm sure you don't want to deny your bun the opportunity to find the prefect match. And while we can love our buns very much, we just can't make that decision for them.

Best of luck
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