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    Frisa
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    Hi guys,

    This is only my second thread on here. Last time I posted it was about my last rabbit, Frisa. She was a 12 year old lion head and passed away at the beginning of the month. This time though it is in happier circumstances, we are going to get 2 Netherland Dwarf rabbits.

    Today we went to see some rabbits and picked two out. Whilst they are too young to say for sure they are both females it is highly likely.

    We have read a lot of interesting stuff on the net about keeping two rabbits together of the same sex.

    First of all we will be spaying the both of them once they get to 5-6 months.

    What are people’s experiences of 2 girls from the same litter?

    We are worried they will fight:
    – pre spay; and
    – post spay.

    They will both be full time house rabbits. We are also very attentive, as our much missed Frisa would confirm if she could have.


    #1895026

    Bunny House
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    I’m sorry about your loss.
    For the new buns, buns need to be separated by week 12 as hormones can kick in and one bun can severely harm or kill the other, and buns are missexed so often that there are unwanted litters so you will need to separate them as soon as they come home until a month after they are spayed, you can do prebond it after the spays since their smell will change and they won’t smell the same as before.


    #1895115

    Frisa
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    Is this a hard and fast rule?

    Because I’ve heard of many stories where rabbits have gotten on fine before being speyed and after?


    #1895118

    Sirius&Luna
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    Yes. They absolutely need to be separated. For a start, you said that they’re just ‘most likely’ both girls. Incorrect sexing of baby rabbits is very common, and this is how people end up with accidental litters. Often a young rabbit’s first litter will die as she doesn’t know how to care for them properly, and it’s also dangerous for very young rabbits to get pregnant.

    There are stories where rabbits get on fine before being spayed, but there’s also plenty of stories where rabbits have vicious fights. There’s no way of knowing which they will be until they have a vicious fight, so the safest thing to do is to separate them before they fight, which will make it much easier to bond them later. You can’t just pick out the positive stories and hope for the best. If you spend any time on this forum, you’ll see one of the most common questions is ‘why are my sibling rabbits suddenly fighting when they used to be best friends?’ When their hormones kick in, they become completely different animals, and can cause very severe injuries to each other. It’s hard to separate them when they seem happy, but it is the responsible thing to do.

    I strongly advise you separate them now, but keep them within a couple of foot of each other so they can still see each other. You can swap them between hutches every other day or so, so that they are used to each other’s scents and don’t get territorial.


    #1895120

    Frisa
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    Thanks for the reply.

    Yes it does indeed sound like there are good and bad stories, so best to be precarious!

    What age will they definitely reach sexual maturity? We do not have them yet, they are still with their mother. We will get them end of April.


    #1895128

    Asriel and Bombur
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    It’s really hard to say. Some mature earlier than others and some mature later than others. I had one boy already mature when we brought him home at 8 weeks, and the other one matured 2 weeks later around 10 weeks. So it’s hard to pinpoint a specific time and say 12 weeks or 16 weeks because you just don’t know until the behavior is present.


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