Forum

OUR FORUM IS UP BUT WE ARE STILL IN THE MIDDLE OF UPDATING AND FIXING THINGS.  SOME THINGS WILL LOOK WEIRD AND/OR NOT BE CORRECT. YOUR PATIENCE IS APPRECIATED.  We are not fully ready to answer questions in a timely manner as we are not officially open, but we will do our best. 

You may have received a 2-factor authentication (2FA) email from us on 4/21/2020. That was from us, but was premature as the login was not working at that time. 

BUNNY 911 – If your rabbit hasn’t eaten or pooped in 12-24 hours, call a vet immediately! Don’t have a vet? Check out VET RESOURCES

The subject of intentional breeding or meat rabbits is prohibited. The answers provided on this board are for general guideline purposes only. The information is not intended to diagnose or treat your pet. It is your responsibility to assess the information being given and seek professional advice/second opinion from your veterinarian and/or qualified behaviorist.

What are we about?  Please read about our Forum Culture and check out the Rules

BUNNY 911 – If your rabbit hasn’t eaten or pooped in 12-24 hours, call a vet immediately!  Don’t have a vet? Check out VET RESOURCES 

The subject of intentional breeding or meat rabbits is prohibited. The answers provided on this board are for general guideline purposes only. The information is not intended to diagnose or treat your pet.  It is your responsibility to assess the information being given and seek professional advice/second opinion from your veterinarian and/or qualified behaviorist.

BINKYBUNNY FORUMS

Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Bonding with bunny issues ?

Viewing 7 reply threads
  • Author
    Messages

    • Humphrey’s Mama
      Participant
      11 posts Send Private Message

      I’ve had Humphrey since September and he’s always been really confident, never an issue when petting him or going near him. A couple of days ago I bought home a new doe (called her Olive) .I’ve put their cages together and at first Humphrey was going wild and seemed very curious, he’s settled down and they’ve started lying at the fence together. I won’t be introducing them for a couple of weeks yet. Off topic but Humphrey is neutered , does olive have to be spayed? The lady said she should be okay for a couple months as she’s young but don’t wait too long to get her spayed because of false pregnancies etc, but they’ll be okay to be introduced before then.

      Anyway, back to topic, she’s started being calm with humphrey, but she’s absolutely terrified of me and my OH. If we go towards her or pet her she just runs off into her hide hole. She comes up to us when we sit on the floor and wait , accepts food and gives us a little sniff, but if we touch her she just darts away. She also thumps every now and then, she was thumping a lot when I first got her. I’m wondering if it’s something to do with being taken away from her mum and sisters ? She was in a cage with 3 other bunnies when I collected her, where as Humphrey was in a cage all to himself which I think is why he was so easy.
      She came out last night and ran around for a bit but even when I moved slightly she just ran off.

      How can I bond with her? Do you think she’ll ever like us or let us pet her ? It’s upsetting me a lot lately. Thanks in advance


    • Sirius&Luna
      Participant
      2309 posts Send Private Message

      If you’ve only had her for two days, shes probably very overwhelmed.

      For a start, I would move her into a room away from Humphrey so she can settle in without being scared of the big bunny who’s territory she’s in. Give her a month away from him so you can bond with her better, and she can get used to her new home. When she’s in her own room you can sit on the floor and let her roam around, give her treats etc. Don’t touch her yet if it’s scaring her. Try to avoid picking her up unless its essential. Lots of bunnies take a long time to warm up to new humans. Two days is no time at all.

      For bonding, both bunnies should be spayed and neutered. Female bunnies should be neutered anyway because of the high rates of cancer in unspayed bunnies. Please don’t introduce them until she is spayed. She can probably be spayed at around 5-6 months.

      Once you’ve given her time to settle in, you can move both bunnies into the same room, but ensure that there is always two sets of bars between them as bunnies will nip and mate (even if Humphrey is neutered, it could cause a false pregnancy) through bars. You can use the time before her spay to ‘prebond’ them, so they’re used to seeing and smelling each other, which should make them easier to bond after the spay. She’ll need a month to recover and drain hormones after the spay before you can introduce them for the first time. We can give more info on the bonding process once you’re closer to it.


    • Asriel and Bombur
      Participant
      1101 posts Send Private Message

      Agree with all of the above


    • Humphrey’s Mama
      Participant
      11 posts Send Private Message

      Thank you ! I’ve moved her into the other room, she’s still so so shy and thumping a lot but she does a little run around every now and then. I’ll let her stay In there for a month then I’ll move their cages back together. Any tips for bonding with her myself ?


    • Bam
      Moderator
      14214 posts Send Private Message

      Human bonding with a bunny is a lot about just hanging out in the same room. Sooner or later the bun will be curious and feel confident enough to check you out. The initiative should be hers. Because rabbits are prey animals, they’re sensitive to predators even looking at them – and to her, you are still a potential predator.

      Treats will help, rabbits are, as you know, big fans of treats. Hand feeding part of the daily pellet ration can be a good method.

      Sometimes human-rabbit bonding can be very slow, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen. Patience is key ?


    • Humphrey’s Mama
      Participant
      11 posts Send Private Message

      Thanks so much. She’s eating out of my hand so we should be okay soon. Making progress


    • Humphrey’s Mama
      Participant
      11 posts Send Private Message

      I’ve moved them back into the same room with 2 sets of bars. But Humphrey seems to seem different and I don’t know if it sounds silly but he seems sad and angry, it’s as if they just want to fight. Getting me very down as he’s acting strange


    • Asriel and Bombur
      Participant
      1101 posts Send Private Message

      It’s due to her hormones. It’ll get better-ish once she is spayed, not much though. Just going to have to be patient throughout prebonding.

Viewing 7 reply threads
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Forum HOUSE RABBIT Q & A Bonding with bunny issues ?