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Forum BONDING bonding of two male bunnies

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        hello! I was introduced to this blog by my mates and my first time writing so i hope everyone treats this as all good well. Okay, so around last year august, I had adopted 2 male bunnies at two different shelters and have no experience in handling two bunnies before especially males. I have watched and read countless guides and advices on how and slowly bonding however it is never as easy as it seems especially depending on each bunnies personality as well. I have one bunny (a) who is approx. 7-8 months old and the other (b) older by 2 months BOTH NEUTERED and recovered 3 months ago so they are in perfect condition to be bonded. Their living condition now as they are not bonded yet is, A living in my bedroom free roamed and B being free roamed in the living room. B is the most affectionate and curious boy who is friendly to everyone and needs the love n attention n a huge space however A is the exact opposite, he hates large spaces and is highly alerted and unfriendly to everyone except me. The reason why A is hostile from what i know from the shelter is that, A had a traumatic childhood as A was rescued by a breeder who kept him with 4 bunnies in a tiny cage which were being sold behind a construction site so i guess that may be a reason why he is very wary and alert with everything. I am trying my best with almost all methods but they dont seem to work out super well. I am recently trying this method of using a bunny doll with B’s scent on it and placing it in A’s playpen to make him get comfy with the scent of B. From a few days observation, A will nip and bite and growl at the doll but sometimes he would also lick as in groom and lay beside the doll so kinda like an on and off. I see this working out well but im afraid as i slowly try to introduce B to A again he would get hostile as B is very cuddly and different from the stiff doll that A must’ve been used to. Can anyone give me a clue or atleast an outside pov on how shall i improve on the bonding of the two bunnies? Thank you

        + I will not be discourage by failed techniques however maybe after they are  finally alright with each other i may re use the other methods again to see if it helps the bond to be closer

        + Why 2 bunnies? I have been told 2 makes better than 1 but is not aware at the time male+male= difficult to bond. But i will not regret my decision on getting both of them


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          Hello and welcome!

          Bonding two males is a bit trickier but there are lots of cases of success and most times it does work out, so no worries on that note!

          Just to get a bit more info, what specifically have you tried? Have you done any face to face dates with them yet? If so, what was the bonding area like (size, set up, how neutral)?

          From the set-up you described, I think they would benefit from a slightly different housing situation (although they will not be super happy about it at first).  Right now they are dif rooms, so they have both set up their own territories. I recommend setting them up in side-by-side pens in the same room, with a buffer of about 6 inches or so between them so they can’t nip each other through the fence. Make sure the pens are tall enough that they can’t jump over (you’d be amazed at how high buns will jump when they really want to “get at” another bun). For exercise, you can either divide the room in half with a pen (again with either a buffer, or some small mesh attached so they can’t nip noses though the fence), or alternate who gets exercise (like one bun gets morning and one gets evening). Then, swap which bun is in which pen every day or two. I try to time it so the litter boxes are a bit dirty (so I clean boxes one day, and then swap sides the next day). The idea here is that they start to lose track of their territory and get very used to the other bunnies scent. It also helps to feed them on opposite sides of the fence so they start to associate the other bun with good things and realize the world is not going to end just because another bunny is around. This kind of set up is kind of a pain for the humans and means the buns will have slightly less space and exercise, but it’s temporary!

          You want to do these swaps until both buns seem very relaxed about the whole thing, and are not behaving aggressively towards each other through the fence (usually this takes 1-3 weeks). You may see behavior mirroring and laying near each other, which is a good side. Once they are calm etc you can start face to face dating in neutral territory, but continue the side swaps during actual dates too.

          I’ll stop there for now, but curious to hear what you have tried so far with them!

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