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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > Washer Bonding video
Last Post by Sarita at 6/11/2008 1:27 PM (28 Replies)
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User is Offline babybunsmum
Waterloo ON Canada
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6/11/2008 4:24 AM

i think your bedroom session went well.  i agree with markus when he says the buns need to work it out.  baby & pinky were both trying to be top bun but after the first few scuffles &... ahem... humping incidents baby backed right down.  it became verrrrry clear that pinky was the top bun dispite baby's seniority & spunky rabbitude. 

imho (not speaking from experience but from having read stuff ) if you continue with these sessions the scuffles will die down once they both accept where they stand in the pecking order.  i really think this is what i need to do too.  [ maybe why i'm suggesting it for you... hmmm?  lol ] 

I like work. It fascinates me. I sit and look at it for hours.

User is Offline JK
Mill Valley, CA
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6/11/2008 4:34 AM

That's a cool video.  Are you sure they are not playing??? Is Max a mini lop? He looks bigger than a Holland Lop.  Did you take him to the vet yet?


User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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6/11/2008 4:40 AM
no i didn't take him in yet, i'm gonna call and see if i can come by on friday. whoops, right? shouldn't have started bonding before seeing the vet... but i really wanted to get it going ASAP! Max wants to be by Meadow. you saw when she was in the litterbox, he would just sit a little bit away from her. it was always him walking up to her and her reacting. honeslty, i think this would have been her response regardless of who we brought home. she's just used to being an only, a very very spoiled only. but i believe i can break her down. this video is only the 4th time they've "met" outside of a cage. and it was about an hour total.

i'm guessing he's a mini lop based on pics. my guess is that he's about 6 pounds or so.
Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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6/11/2008 10:43 AM

we spent another hour in my room today.  no washer beforehand.  they had a plate of parsley and some matchstick carrots.  there were no major scuffles.  Meadow nipped at Max as he walked by about 3 or 4 times in the course of the hour.  at one point they were both flopped about 8-10 feet from each other.  this lasted about 10 minutes.  at another time they were both grooming themselves in close proximity.  much of what they were doing was walking cautiously by each other, Mead would make a small lunge toward him and he'd run off.  it went so well for the hour, that afterwards i opened up the bedroom door and let them each walk out on their own.  they explored the rest of the house for about 5 minutes, but then there was a huge hallway brawl with fur flying.  they got separated at that point and returned to their pens.  i have videos that i'll post as they upload.

Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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6/11/2008 11:42 AM

pretty relaxed... www.youtube.com/watch

more relaxed... www.youtube.com/watch

i kept the lights off for atmosphere, but i didn't realize how dark this one was... double flop, but opposite sides of the room... www.youtube.com/watch

this is when i let them out of the bedroom.  it also gives you an idea of how my house is set-up.  the bunny room connects my room to the hall leading to the living room.  of course this was a few minutes before the big fight broke out... www.youtube.com/watch

Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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6/11/2008 12:00 PM
Thanks for all the vids. They help out a lot. I hope others weigh in besides me on what I am seeing as I often miss the subtle things.

First, I think that you have too much room for them. They need to interact with one another more to get the bonding working. Although it is good to have a place to retreat to, too much space and they'll just remain bad neighbors. You should cut the space in half - put up a gate so that they can't get past the bed.

Next, with the fight that happens in "Bedroom Bonding" - you don't want the fight to continue for more than a couple of seconds. The moment that Meadow chases Max is when you want to stop it - either with a loud clap or the water sprayer.

Also, don't let them into Meadow's territory (any place she's had free reign of) as she will fight ferociously to defend it.

Yup, Meadow reminds me a lot of Maryann. It's going to take some time.
My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Beka27
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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6/11/2008 12:07 PM
should i not be giving Max free roam thruout the rest of the house? i've been alternating them with their time out. my house is not large, so i have limited spaces to work with.
Meadow..... Photobucket ...... Max, my angel bunny

User is Offline MarkBun
Richmond, CA
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6/11/2008 12:48 PM
Oh, they can have free roam space by themselves. But when bonding, you should try to keep the space smaller and as neutral as possible.
My bonding quest with Maryann - Read about a less than easy bonding with two buns - but they did bond!

User is Offline Sarita
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6/11/2008 1:27 PM
I agree with Markus - too much space means too little interaction.
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