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    The boys are now three weeks post op and have been in the same run now since they came here, they are 16 weeks old now and can sniff and groom each other albeit through the chicken wire that separates them.

    We started off in the bathroom (a neutral space) but I was really scared as Dillon could not walk properly on the flooring and they kept going behind the toilet and since where I could not reach them quickly enough - no they did not fight

    Today is day three so I put a different rug down in the lounge and let them have a wider area. If they got too humpy or too nipping I told them off verbally and put my hand on them stroking them.

    Dillon (who I thought would never trust me again) kept coming for a snuggle and then resumed the prancing round with Cuthbert and after an hour and a half and just two lots of nipping that took fur out they have both been put back in their sides of the run for their dinner.

    The photos are well blurry sorry but I would welcome any thoughts (not on my photography on the bonding - lol)
    20171219_185456[1] by Ra Greenwood, on Flickr

    20171219_185241[1] by Ra Greenwood, on Flickr

    20171219_190114[1] by Ra Greenwood, on Flickr


    Needing a nose rub
    20171219_190317[1] by Ra Greenwood, on Flickr

    Tired but not relaxed - there choice to be on the furniture
    20171219_191510[1] by Ra Greenwood, on Flickr

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    So far this morning we have only had one humping episode and that was Dillon on Cuthbert, Cuthbert stayed still thoughout then Dillon put his head down under Cuthy - from what I have read on the "sticky" bonding thread I am going to take that as a good sign,

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    One of them has to be the dominant rabbit - hope it works out. I think they have only been neutered 3 weeks? According to what others say, this is not a long enough time for 2 boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibun View Post
    One of them has to be the dominant rabbit - hope it works out.
    Thank you, I want to take this really slowly. It is so important to me that they dont get hurt and form a good bond

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    Sorry to be so needy, but is weeing part of the process? Cuthbert is spraying (something he hasnt done for a fortnight)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuthbert&Dillon View Post
    Sorry to be so needy, but is weeing part of the process? Cuthbert is spraying (something he hasnt done for a fortnight)
    Sorry this is possibly not what you want to hear, but the weeing could be an indication that you haven't left it long enough post neuter and his hormones haven't yet settled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Sorry this is possibly not what you want to hear, but the weeing could be an indication that you haven't left it long enough post neuter and his hormones haven't yet settled.
    That makes sense, we shall - ha ha the following was typed by Dillon leaping on the laptop
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    We shall just do dating then until we are sure his hormones have settled - thank you Omi for the help

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    We have had nose licking - just two tiny licks but I am ridiculously happy about it and will continue the play date. The other thing is that they have led next to one another, eaten and shared treats together.

    My most handy piece of "equipment" has been balls of screwed up newspaper - when the boys looked like they were going to get humpy I have just thrown the newspaper in their direction, and it seems to have acted as a distraction.
    My poor slippers might not have survived though they have both been making holes in them.
    The whole play date thing has given me chance to make friends with my boys after their castration and I have been the lap with the best treats - both boys have landed on my lap from time to time for treats.

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    Sending more bonding vibes your way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibun View Post
    Sending more bonding vibes your way!
    Thank you, due to the spraying I have decided against bonding and will continue with playdates for another couple of weeks. I do not want anything to upset the boys and I am worried about Dillon being injured (he is only just recovering from the castration) I am rather excited though I have put my name down to be considered for adopting a doe to bond with the boys, it was a rescue mentioned on here so fingers crossed.

    I will continue to put updates on here if people dont mind of the boys playdates - so lovely to see them snugged up with one another

    Despite the carnage of everything all over the place, this is my boys led out ignoring one another
    20171220_143313[1] by Ra Greenwood, on Flickr

    Whispering boys
    20171220_143126[1] by Ra Greenwood, on Flickr

    Hello mum, have you a treat? says Dillon
    20171220_143112[1] by Ra Greenwood, on Flickr

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