Introducing a pair to a trio ? (longish)

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Introducing a pair to a trio ? (longish)

Post by Juli » Wed, 09 Jul 2003 02:17:41



We currently have 3 mini-lops, Lucy, Roswell, and Spot.  Lucy and
Roswell used to fight until we adopted Spot and moved to a bigger
apartment.  Now, while I don't feel that the three are really and
truly bonded, they do seem to enjoy each other's company and they no
longer fight except for a very rare spat.

We have been asked to take in a pair of bonded girls who can't seem to
find a permanent home.  Since our three are free roam in the living
room/dining room, hall and kitchen, we have decided to put up an old
puppy pen in a 6x10 corner of the living room, adjacent to the main
bunny hangout, and keep the pair in there.

After a few weeks of seeing each other through the grating, do you
think that we need to introduce our three to the pair one at a time or
should we just open the pen and let them all mingle?  I just have no
idea of how to proceed with this.  Since the area is so large, we
don't have the territorial problems that we had in our smaller
apartment.

Any comment or advice would be appreciated!

Julie
Lucy (Yay!  Now it will be 3 girls to 2 boys!)
Roswell (they'd better not keep me up with their pillow fights!)
Spot (Just tell me where they hide their diaries...)

 
 
 

Introducing a pair to a trio ? (longish)

Post by Sue Frenc » Wed, 09 Jul 2003 23:32:31


Some folks claim that it's easier to bond groups.  I watched a bunny bonding
video from the HRS once.  They recommended doing so in a very large space.
They showed a fenced-in yard.  So, I think you need to do it all together,
but it doesn't sound like you have a large neutral space.
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Sue, Flurry, and Max
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Quote:
> We currently have 3 mini-lops, Lucy, Roswell, and Spot.  Lucy and
> Roswell used to fight until we adopted Spot and moved to a bigger
> apartment.  Now, while I don't feel that the three are really and
> truly bonded, they do seem to enjoy each other's company and they no
> longer fight except for a very rare spat.

> We have been asked to take in a pair of bonded girls who can't seem to
> find a permanent home.  Since our three are free roam in the living
> room/dining room, hall and kitchen, we have decided to put up an old
> puppy pen in a 6x10 corner of the living room, adjacent to the main
> bunny hangout, and keep the pair in there.

> After a few weeks of seeing each other through the grating, do you
> think that we need to introduce our three to the pair one at a time or
> should we just open the pen and let them all mingle?  I just have no
> idea of how to proceed with this.  Since the area is so large, we
> don't have the territorial problems that we had in our smaller
> apartment.

> Any comment or advice would be appreciated!

> Julie
> Lucy (Yay!  Now it will be 3 girls to 2 boys!)
> Roswell (they'd better not keep me up with their pillow fights!)
> Spot (Just tell me where they hide their diaries...)