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Forum BONDING Dominance

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    • Graeme27uk
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      I am seriously confused about my bunnies.

      They are all neutered. We have one male, and two females.

      They are currently all laying down pretty relaxed, though one of the females (the younger one) is a bit further away. The other two seem to bully her and push her about. She wants to go and cuddle them but they sometimes don’t let her and will charge, though it doesn’t get any where serious (maybe a bit of fur gets pulled out 1/100 times).

      But I am worried that the youngest bunny is going to be kicked out or left out and she is already wary of them and sneaks past them if they are about. But then other times the other two will make a big fuss over her and lick her, cuddle up with her and even let her lay in the boxes with them.

      Is it just the pecking order has been established and this is how things work in bunnies or is the bond not working and I need to go back to basics?

      But then thats the other thing, when I remove them from their bunny room to a neutral area they get along fine, they cuddle up, lick, etc…. I have even taken them all on car rides together to get them bonded further. These things only happen when they are all in the bunny room.

      Whats going on?!


    • MarkBun
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      It is still a pecking order thing. More time in neutral space will help with it – especially if they’re sharing a plate of greens in the neutral area (eating is a social thing for buns). Sometimes it could be something situational that is causing the dominance issue.

      I have recently found out that my Maryann has become ‘food aggressive’ – that if the pellet bowl is ever empty, Dono will get nipped at when I go to put more in. Luckily, he’s learned about this and hops away as I begin to pour and then comes back in 10 seconds after Maryann has had a couple of mouthfuls.

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Forum BONDING Dominance