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Forum BONDING Bonding attempt year 2!

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    • GoblinTea
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      After 2!!! Years!!!!!! My mini rex female and male english lop both started being okay around each other and even groomed each other a touch. My female HATED the male for so long and now is suddenly okay with him (spring fever maybe)

      My boy started chasing her around after awhile and nipping at her. Is that normal courting? Or just overexcitement? Luckily they didn’t start fighting and I moved him back to his cage. I’ve had Hime 2 years and her for 4.  They’re both fixed.

       

      I dont wanna move backwards, what should my next move be?


    • SweetPotato
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      WOW! Congratulations!!! It must be such a relief that they are finally bonding! (Grooming is a fantastic sign) I personally don’t know much about bonding rabbits, so sorry that I can’t give advice, but again, CONGRATS! 💙


    • DanaNM
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      Sounds great! It’s hard to advise the next step without knowing exactly what you’ve been doing so far, but in general whatever you did that worked well, keep doing that for longer (so same location, time of day, etc)! When you see those positive behaviors repeated for several sessions/days in a row, then you can keep increasing the time they spend together. There is a “bonding template” pinned in this section that you can paste in your reply to give us some more info.

      Chasing and nipping can be a mounting attempt and/or aggression. If the interactions were not in neutral territory, I would try them in a neutral spot and see how they do. There are reports of buns that hated each other that change their tune after years of living as neighbors!

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    • pinkiemarie
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      I’m so happy that you’re seeing good behavior! I’m also 2 years into a bond and finally getting progress so I know exactly how exciting this must be for you! Keep up what you’ve been doing because it sounds like it’s working 🙂

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Forum BONDING Bonding attempt year 2!