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Ok, this I don't understand...
We had 2 bunnies that were bonded, and we decided to introduce a third. We let them into the bathroom (bonding room) and left them over night and all seemed fine. All three bunnies were licking and eating with each other and even cuddling up with each other.
We hoovered, shampooed, etc the carpet in the room we use as the bunny's permanent room. Wiped down all bunny surfaces with water/vinegar mix and all the usual descenting stuff.
We then put all three bunnies in the room and we now have an odd situation.
Smudge (the older female) is happily roaming about, Frosty (the male) is hiding in the box...
Cookie though has been confined to a small area by Smudge and if Cookie moves out of that area then Smudge goes for her. As long as Cookie stays in that area then all is fine, Smudge will even go up and wash Cookie.
Both Smudge and Frosty have had the chop to remove hormonal urges. Cookie is a baby and so needs to wait for her snip.
If we take Cookie out of the area ourselves then Cookie dashes back to her "safe zone".
Is this going well?
How do we solve the issue so that all 3 bunnies can roam about?
Is it safe to leave them in the room together over night?
Another problem is that Frosty gets involved. When Smudge goes for Cookie they run about then Frosty wades in and Frosty and Smudge start fighting and fur pulling each other. Cookie runs back into her den.
Spray bottles dont stop them which is unusual.
We have tried the neutral territory before hand as usual and they were all fine in that, even when left over night unattended.
Cookie is wandering out now and again, and we have progressed to the point where Smudge is licking her outside the "allowed area"... but Smudge is still being a bit territorial.
Frosty is beginning to assert himself but no where near as much. Its only when food is involved that he asserts himself... typical bloke!
Cookie is only 8 weeks...
I don't want any of my bunnies getting hurt!!
The vet said to put Cookie in an enclosure within the territory so that they can sniff each other without actually getting to each other over night.