I've never tried to bond three rabbits, but have known people who have
trios. The first thing is -- don't even try it until after all three are
fixed. If Lucky is not spayed, she has some powerful hormones and it
will effect the other two, also. She will probably need a month recovery
after spaying before you try bonding.
Next, the bonding trials have to be in completely neutral territory.
Some people try the bathroom or bathtub. I know one person now trying to
add a rabbit to a bonded pair, and she has had good and not-so-good
sessions with them (for about 3 months now) -- but she said no place in
her house is really a neutral zone. Since the weather is nicer, she has
their supervised bonding sessions outside. She said that has been
working really well, she has a very high pen that she can sit in, and
the bunnies cannot jump out. Now they are also less-aggressive with
their inside bonding sessions. Their sessions together are getting
longer, but she does not trust them overnight together yet.
Maybe some others will have some tricks of the trade, but I would start
out by keeping the new one separate until all hormones are gone.
The toughest bonding challenge I have faced is with the two females I
Tougher that 2 neutered males I had once before.
It was almost a year before I dared let my two girls be together
unsupervised--6 months following the new bun's spay.
When they had to be separated because one was in the hospitial, the
bonding fell apart, and they had to be separated again.
I kept my kids apart during the time they had to be separated with *2*
roughly concentric exercise pens. With just one, they bit each other's
faces through it.
Now at last some real companionship seems to be developing and they
certainly no longer fight.
I would say don't even think about bonding until a month post-spay.
You have done a wondeful, wonderful thing in bringing Lucky home. And I
do believe that in time you will be rewarded by some amazing piles of
cuddled bunnies. But--please do not be impatient.
Better a cage at your house than a life in a shelter!
> This is my story and oh boy do I need some help! I have a male
> and a female rabbit. The male i got as a baby and then the female we
> got a year ago at the HRS. We brought him and did all the right stuff
> and they have bonded nicely no problems. Now here is the problem...My
> son and I started to volunteer at the humane leage in our area. I saw
> this rabbit there and just bonded with it. I thought I can rescue him
> from a life of living in cages so we adopted him. I've kept him in
> isolation and today took him to the vet and he is a she and can not be
> spayed for two due to my vet taking his vacation. Anyway my other two
> are fixed so I bring the cage up to the area were my rabbits are and I
> can't even put them side by side at night like the HRS suggests
> because maria the female freaks out and when Salem my male bunny gets
> near her she chases him away. How do i get maria to stop hurting her
> companion so I can get her use to the other girl who we named lucky
> (because we thought she was lucky to come home with house rabbit
> people) I am feeling so sad for all my rabbits and just want to get
> this trio to be friends. Please tell me I did right by adopting lucky.
> I need experienced help. My house rabbits have the whole upstairs to
> roam and there is nowhere else to let lucky out. I do not want to see
> her caged PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME AND MY BUNNIES!
> Salems Mom (Maries and Luckies too)
beth and her cute little fuzzbutts :)
(with hair the color of strained peaches)
> > > Have you tried subcutaneous shots of carrot juice on Salem?
> > Huh? Is that a joke, or a serious suggestion?
> A joke!
> < giggle >
Carrie and Midnight
12. new big bunny