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    • twentyonetyjos
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      Hey everyone! I’m new to this forum and to bunny owning. I don’t currently have a bunny but I am hoping to get one soon. I had a question on bonding. First off, do you recommend having two rabbits or just one? I am perfectly happy with either and with going through the trouble of bonding, I just want to make sure I am making the best decision for the well being of the rabbits. Also I will definitely be adopting from my local shelter, so almost all of the bunnies are separate and not bonded. I don’t know the best way to go about getting the bunny/bunnies. Should I adopt one and then wait a few months for he/she to settle in and then look at getting another bunny to bond them? Or I saw somewhere that you can adopt both at the same time and since the house will  be completely neutral and it will make the bonding process faster and easier. I am unsure if this is true or not. What do you guys think?


    • Asriel and Bombur
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      If you’re adopting and can find a bonded pair, then great do that option.

      If you want to get two singles and bond that’s fine too, but I would still encourage you to wait at least two months before actually bonding. Yes, the house will be neutral to them, however they both still need time to adjust to you and the new environment for a good month. After that you’ll need to prebond them for a good month and get them used to each other’s scents. After all that you can start doing short sessions in neutral territory.


    • Three Little Bunnies
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      I wish that I could have adopted my bunnies bonded! I got my first bunny in 2017 and then adopted/rescued two in 2018. Eeyore was fixed when I adopted him, but the others were not. I finally got Shadoe and Bolt bonded after 5 months. I was starting to think about taking them to a shelter (not to get rid of them) where they could bond them for me. I suggest adopting bonded bunnies if that is at all possible. Good luck!


    • twentyonetyjos
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      The problem is there is rarely a bonded pair in the shelter, so I think I’d rather find a bunny that I connect with then just taking whatever pre-bonded ones they have.  I’ll probably make 2 smaller C&C cages and then keep them in there separately and then once they are bonded I’ll make it one giant space. Thank you so much for helping!


    • twentyonetyjos
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      Thanks! The problem is there are rarely bonded rabbits at any of my local shelters, there are a lot of bunnies, but all of them single. So I wouldn’t get to pick one that connected with me if you know what I mean, lol I don’t know how to explain it. But anyways I wouldn’t have an option. So I’ll probably adopt two and keep them in separate smaller C&C cages until they are bonded and then connect the 2 cages to make a giant space. Thank you so much for input! This is all very new to me and I’m trying to figure it out before I go and get them 


    • Asriel and Bombur
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      To be honest, especially shelter buns, it’s might be a test of patience. Because they may act one way at the shelter because they’re used to it there, but when you bring them home they may act entirely different while they adjust to everything. Just a heads up.


    • twentyonetyjos
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      Okay, thank you!

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