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    Default Bonding 5 2.0 + dealing with severe fear aggression

    Spoilers, but all I'm getting for my birthday is a Blueberry Muffin... Which I will be renaming of course.

    This time, I'm bonding 1 into 4.

    Yuki's been very unsettled since Arce's passing. Although he's taken comfort in my darling Elphie, it isn't quite enough for him.

    So, we'll be welcoming a long-termer Honeybunny into the family. "Blueberry Muffin" - now Enfys, pronounced "En-viss" has been at Honeybunnies for in excess of a year. She has severe fear aggression (and I mean severe) which has obviously put off adopters/only received offers for homes which weren't right for her for all this time. Apparently she's made very little progress, too. However, I wanted to adopt a hard-to-home rabbit in the wake of Arce's passing (but only as the group has been unsettled) because it tugs at my heartstrings and I think we're up to the challenge.

    Whilst I've dealt - and deal with - fear aggression (due to blindness) in lovely Morning, I just want to know if anyone had any tips or tricks for helping her out. Aside from endless patience and taking it incredibly slowly, of course!

    As for bonding, this time, the suspects are:

    Enfys Blueberry Muffin - Opal otter dwarf/mini lop
    Elphie - Blue self dwarf lop
    Morningstar - Blue white marked rabbit
    Niji Taco (aka Potato) - Sable nethie-cross rabbit
    Yuki Winter - white agouti marked blue-eyed rabbit
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    Fingers crossed for bonding

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    No experience /advice but hoping it all goes well. Lovely reasons why you are trying x

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    Oh how exciting! I saw her on the website when I fell in love with Loganberry. I do hope it all works out. She looks gorgeous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulsi View Post
    Oh how exciting! I saw her on the website when I fell in love with Loganberry. I do hope it all works out. She looks gorgeous!
    I love(d) Loganberry from his pictures too, which made me extra pleased he got such a good home with you (and the lovely Moondust). To be fair, Marsala's whole litter was stunning, as was mama bun herself.

    I knew Enfys had been there a while, but hadn't seen a pic of her for a little bit, when I enquired. For a little while, we had a toss-up between 2 does, both lops: Beechnut and our girl. OH liked Beech (but I believe she's been rehomed too now) but I felt for Blue/Enfys as she'd been there so long because of her fear aggression. Ultimately, that's why we swayed to her because we KNEW Beech would be easier to home. And as Jill felt comfortable that we were aware and willing to face up to her challenges, she came home today.

    OH is completely smitten but denying it. She has "Arce eyes" which helps. (Brown eyes, ringed with white fur, making them look even larger than a lop's eyes normally look.) She is cute as a button and really curious about everything. But even if she looks like butter wouldn't melt, we know difficulties could very well lay ahead soon.
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    No advice, but good luck!
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    Sending loads of vibes for your bonding. It is so lovely that you have adopted this rabbit and given her a wonderful new home.
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    Day One - 11.45an

    Been a bit of a dramatic morning, but finally... peace. Of sorts.

    OH is now not the only one particularly interested or enamoured with Enfys Button. Niji is mostly just trying to keep out of the way, been busy eating etc. Same with Elphie, really.

    Miss Morning and Enfys are both pretty stressy. I'm not surprised at either of these. Morning has fear aggression due to being blind, and bonding naturally exacerbates it. However, sweet girl is very submissive and has now flopped out in a corner. Enfys gets startled by almost anything. She has given Elphie a hump. Mostly she's staying huddled in the corner by the drinker. She and Morning had a bit of a scrap; I'm not surprised, given that they are the 2 stressheads.

    Right now, the original quad are cuddled up in the corner. Morning is grooming and has groomed her Elphie.

    All things considered, I'm reasonably happy with how things are as a start. I usually expect a few scuffles right at the beginning as everyone adjusts to new surroundings and new faces.

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    Aw, they all looked settled in the video (can only imagine what it was like prior )

    All the best x

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    Day One - 8.40pm

    Still occasional scuffles but lovely little Enfys is beginning to ask for (and receive) and give out grooms. Mostly to and from Yuki. She asked Elphie too, but she's barking up the wrong tree there. Boys are unsettled with one another occasionally but hoping this time in a bonding pen re-settles then. The made charges round in panic are normally started by Enfys, Morning, or Niji. Yuki is currently laying next to Enfys right now. He is pretty enamoured still.

    OH is smitten and still denying it.

    I've taken another video today but it'll be uploaded tomorrow. I'm in lots of pain today.
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