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    Default Aaagggghhhh a massive fight!!

    My 4, bonded a month or so ago, have been living together really well. Today, 2of the girls, Lucy and Jet, broke into a massive fight. I've spent all day in the shed with them, trying to settle them down, but every time they went near each other, they'd attack. I couldn't work out who was the attacker, it seemed to be both of them. The other 2, Lavender and Piper (boy and girl), kept out of it. Lucy has a cut ear, it looks clean and I gave her some painkiller. I've had to cordone off a bit of the shed and separate Lucy out. Lucy was the isolate from the start (you may remember my stressed posts at the time), but recently all had been great. I haven't changed anything, my 5th new rabbit Dave is not anywhere near, so I can't work out what happened? Should I take the barrier down tomorrow? Try again?
    My plan was to put Dave in as well once he was neutered but now I'm thinking maybe I should just just have a 2 and a 3?
    I'm gutted, it was going so well!

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    So sorry this has happened, I can't suggest anything but I'm interested in what advice others can offer


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    Quote Originally Posted by CometLucy195 View Post
    My 4, bonded a month or so ago, have been living together really well. Today, 2of the girls, Lucy and Jet, broke into a massive fight. I've spent all day in the shed with them, trying to settle them down, but every time they went near each other, they'd attack. I couldn't work out who was the attacker, it seemed to be both of them. The other 2, Lavender and Piper (boy and girl), kept out of it. Lucy has a cut ear, it looks clean and I gave her some painkiller. I've had to cordone off a bit of the shed and separate Lucy out. Lucy was the isolate from the start (you may remember my stressed posts at the time), but recently all had been great. I haven't changed anything, my 5th new rabbit Dave is not anywhere near, so I can't work out what happened? Should I take the barrier down tomorrow? Try again?
    My plan was to put Dave in as well once he was neutered but now I'm thinking maybe I should just just have a 2 and a 3?
    I'm gutted, it was going so well!

    Oh no! Just when I thought your lot were doing so well

    I guess I would try again, but *only* on neutral territory. Somewhere new to everyone .......
    Oh dear - good luck to you xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by CometLucy195 View Post
    My 4, bonded a month or so ago, have been living together really well. Today, 2of the girls, Lucy and Jet, broke into a massive fight. I've spent all day in the shed with them, trying to settle them down, but every time they went near each other, they'd attack. I couldn't work out who was the attacker, it seemed to be both of them. The other 2, Lavender and Piper (boy and girl), kept out of it. Lucy has a cut ear, it looks clean and I gave her some painkiller. I've had to cordone off a bit of the shed and separate Lucy out. Lucy was the isolate from the start (you may remember my stressed posts at the time), but recently all had been great. I haven't changed anything, my 5th new rabbit Dave is not anywhere near, so I can't work out what happened? Should I take the barrier down tomorrow? Try again?
    My plan was to put Dave in as well once he was neutered but now I'm thinking maybe I should just just have a 2 and a 3?
    I'm gutted, it was going so well!
    Referred aggression could still be the cause. Some rabbits are very sensitive and the smell of him on your clothes could have been enough to trigger a fight. I remember an ru member who had some rabbits staying with her whilst their owners were away on holiday, they were nowhere near her pair but it still caused a fall out. Once she changed the routine for the visitors to be fed etc last, things calmed down.

    Are the group all well health wise? Illness in one can cause a fall out too.

    I hope they settle down

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    Hi, thanks for your replies.
    Lavender has been ill, she stopped eating and I took her to the vet, gut drugs and syringe feeding for a few days, she seems fine now, but it wasn't her who was fighting. That was a week ago. Both Jet and Lucy had been snuggling up to Lavender when she was poorly.
    What do I do now? They're separated by a barrier at the moment (Lucy by herself) within their shed space. I'm just about to go out now, shall I take the barrier down and feed them together to see what happens? I really want them back together if possible otherwise they'll have smaller spaces each. There's only one access to the run through the cat flap. But I'm worried they'll fight again.

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    Oh dear.
    Put them all together and Jet went straight for Lucy, massive scrap, I separated them.
    This is a real shame. Just about to go on holiday for 2 weeks (on 1st April) so I don't have time to rebond them somewhere else as I'd have to neutralise a space in a very packed garage.
    I'm so cross with them! I'm going to have to divide the space permanently, or at least while I am away so the pet sitter can manage, bad timing!
    Serves me right for being so pleased with myself for a successful bond of 3 girls and a boy. ��

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