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    Default slight dilemma - will a trio of 2 males and 1 female work?

    Hi guys,

    Sorry I don't post much on here anymore but I'm at a slight dilemma and not sure what to do. My parents neighbour from back in Wales have a 7 year old male who's on his own. Every time I go up, I take him toys, special treat hays and give him a cuddle as he really does crave attention. I had a serious conversation with her at the weekend about getting him a friend and she's adamant she can't take on any more bunnies as she's already 65.

    She's now asked if I will take him, which my heart instantly said yes, but I need to be 100% in my head too.

    Now Bailey and bella are completely free range and there isn't a room in the house they don't go in. Both my two are very laid back and chilled bunnies but I'm unsure about this other bunny. My two are also very close and always with each other, they are never apart.

    Do you think a MMF bond will work?

    Am I asking for trouble with having no neutral territory?

    Also possible new bunny has never been bonded and has been outdoors all his life? will being bonded and moving indoors be too much stress for him?


    I really don't know what to do here, what's everyone's thoughts?

    thanks so much xxx
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    MMF trios are my favourite combination. I find boys much easier than girls.

    As for bonding - I would set him up with his own space inside for a few weeks. Somewhere that he has enough space and shelter for privacy, but where the other 2 can get to know him. eg a puppy pen with a roof, or a giant dog crate with attached puppy pen panels. Watch out for referred aggression and take it very slowly. He needs to settle in to a new environment and routine before he officially meets his new partners.

    You could look at moving him round to different parts of the house (with the other 2 excluded) so he gets to know his way round. You could also exclude them all from eg one room and treat this as a neutral bonding area when the time comes.

    Another option may be to bond them all outside, which is neutral to them all and shouldn't be an issue with temperature changes at this time of year.

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    Is he neutered? I would be very careful about what you are thinking of. Do you have somewhere outside for him?

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    Thanks so much both, and that's really useful Shimmer!

    Hi Toibun, yeah he's defo neutered as I helped medicate him after having it. Pretty sure he was only around 6 months old. Well he currently has a 6ft hutch and run, which some how I can try and get moved down to me. She's happy to keep him if I can't have him, it's just he looks so lonely.. and just wish I could give him an amazing home for his twilight years!

    I just don't know what to do...
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    It could work (& I hope it does). Shimmer has some good ideas- bonding outside especially. I bonded mine in a non neutral area To be fair Boo was a little bit grrrr when she met Mouse at rescue, a little less so in a sort of neutral penned area in the kitchen & much the same in their totally familiar hang out of the lounge.
    I think bunny company & a savvy loving owner would trump his current life a million times over. Most bunnies adjust to indoor living from what I can gather

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruthyjones89 View Post
    Hi guys,

    Sorry I don't post much on here anymore but I'm at a slight dilemma and not sure what to do. My parents neighbour from back in Wales have a 7 year old male who's on his own. Every time I go up, I take him toys, special treat hays and give him a cuddle as he really does crave attention. I had a serious conversation with her at the weekend about getting him a friend and she's adamant she can't take on any more bunnies as she's already 65.

    She's now asked if I will take him, which my heart instantly said yes, but I need to be 100% in my head too.

    Now Bailey and bella are completely free range and there isn't a room in the house they don't go in. Both my two are very laid back and chilled bunnies but I'm unsure about this other bunny. My two are also very close and always with each other, they are never apart.

    Do you think a MMF bond will work?

    Am I asking for trouble with having no neutral territory?

    Also possible new bunny has never been bonded and has been outdoors all his life? will being bonded and moving indoors be too much stress for him?


    I really don't know what to do here, what's everyone's thoughts?

    thanks so much xxx

    Yes in my experience a MMF bond works very well

    I have no neutral territory either, and did it in a small room (eg kitchen and bathroom) or a small pen within a room.

    Bunnies can move indoors freely, I haven't ever had a problem with that. Most of my rabbits have been outdoors and now are 24/7 free range indoors.

    I think the stress of bonding will be outweighed by the gaining of bunny company for his twilight years

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