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Well, when rabbits fight, they FIGHT. There is no middle ground, if they haven't broken skin yet, they will eventually. It seems they have some kind of beef with each other right now, might be a fight for dominance, or a medical problem could be the issue. Have they seen a vet lately? If one of them is sick or in pain, it could trigger aggressive behavior. It could even be over something in their cage, a cardboard box or the such, that the dominant rabbit will chase the other away from. Have you seen any such pattern to when the fights break out?
I would separate them for now, sometimes they just need some time to cool off. You might also have them see a vet to make sure nothing is amiss. When you try to rebond them I would start with no toys or boxes in their cage that they might fight over.
Thanks so much. I tried to let them play together again the other night and they were ok for about 10 minutes before they broke out in a huge fight. Much worse than the others. Instead of chasing each other in a tight circle, they were chasing each other all over the whole room biting and grunting and pulling hair so I separated them immidiatly and checked for any wounds which thankfully neither of them had. Kind of scared to try it again. I think maybe I'll try stress bonding if they don't get along at least decently next time.
The weird thing is that when I took them to the vet when they first started fighting, Toby didn't have any hint of a couldy eye. I almost think Toby is happier alone, but I think Fobey misses having him to bully. She just chews the bars all day (When I'm not with her) It's sad. I might just keep them seperate, Toby is so much older than Fobey it would be hard for her when he dies if they get really close any way, maybe they can just be playmates out side of the cage occasionally, if that even works.
Thanks for your time. I'm still open to any more suggestions, I'll try anything but I really do think Toby's happier. Whenever I came in the room before, Fobey would run up to me and Toby would run and hide. Now that the room is split in half and they both have their own space he comes bounding right up to me and follows me around the whole room and even tries to follow me out the door. He has so much more personality now!