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    Quote Originally Posted by andyjudy View Post
    Ok thank you, it's very nerve racking this bonding business. I plan to set up a pen in the bedroom for them, they've never but up there. But I will have to take them up in the same carrier. Not sure I'm 100% confident yet


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    If you can, I'd ask someone to help you. Being put into the same carrier could leave to a squabble and i don't think you'd want to start a bond that way.
    Could you get a second carrier?

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    Quote Originally Posted by daphnephoebe View Post
    If you can, I'd ask someone to help you. Being put into the same carrier could leave to a squabble and i don't think you'd want to start a bond that way.
    Could you get a second carrier?

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    Hi - I agree with DP here, I'd avoid the same carrier at this stage too

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    Ok I will get help from my daughter


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    Just to update and ask for more advice. We have been putting the rabbit together in the kitchen and they have ignored each other or snuggled close up but no fighting. This week the door was accidentally left open between there pens and Oreo got in with Denzel, they fought but it was nothing like the first major fight. Anyway to cut a long story short they are now in the same pen, they have been in there for 2 days now with a few squabbles but nothing like the original fight. I don't know if it's gonna work out yet, we are watching them most of the time, the larger rabbit Denzel seems to be back ruling the roost. They eat next to each other but there is no cuddling or grooming, Oreo looks a bit frightened but he will eat with Denzel right next to him. Denzel seems to be keeping Oreo in the corner of the cage, when Oreo moves Denzel chases him till Oreo is back in the corner.
    PLEASE help, is this working or not, I've included a bit of video, I don't want to split them if there's a chance that they can live together, but I don't want to worry Oreo if it's not going to work.




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    On the first video it was only a little scuffle and the bunny who was chased goes straight back up to the other boy so that's a good sign, if they were really fighting hard or terrified to go near one another I'd be worried. It's horrible but if it's just a little chase/fight then it is better to leave them together, they need to work out who's the alpha bunny, that's why I took mine to a rescue/boarding place because I knew I'd get scared and want to separate them at the slightest little scuffle
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemiS View Post
    On the first video it was only a little scuffle and the bunny who was chased goes straight back up to the other boy so that's a good sign, if they were really fighting hard or terrified to go near one another I'd be worried. It's horrible but if it's just a little chase/fight then it is better to leave them together, they need to work out who's the alpha bunny, that's why I took mine to a rescue/boarding place because I knew I'd get scared and want to separate them at the slightest little scuffle
    Thank you Demi for putting my mind at rest, I'm thinking they will be okay but I didn't want to think it was just me and wishful thinking. They have been grooming each other in the last half hour but as soon as Oreo comes out of the litter tray Denzel chases him back in.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DemiS View Post
    On the first video it was only a little scuffle and the bunny who was chased goes straight back up to the other boy so that's a good sign, if they were really fighting hard or terrified to go near one another I'd be worried. It's horrible but if it's just a little chase/fight then it is better to leave them together, they need to work out who's the alpha bunny, that's why I took mine to a rescue/boarding place because I knew I'd get scared and want to separate them at the slightest little scuffle
    Did you manage to get yours together?


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    We've had quite a bit of joint grooming today, Oreo is still in the litter tray but he's been flopped out asleep in there with Denzel laid outside the tray next to him. I'm so pleased with them and how it's going so far, I never thought the day would come that they would be back together


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