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    Fingers crossed for tomorrow. It might be worth trying for a continued bonding period, if you can set aside a couple of days or so then you may be able to have them much more bonded by the end of it if it all goes well. I know it’s intense though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoobec View Post
    Fingers crossed for tomorrow. It might be worth trying for a continued bonding period, if you can set aside a couple of days or so then you may be able to have them much more bonded by the end of it if it all goes well. I know it’s intense though!
    To be honest I think when we separate half the time it's more for our own sanity than anything! My stress levels are through the roof when bonding I think you're right though, have been watching some bonding videos tonight and it's given me some more confidence. I have a week off work in Feb so should be able to try it then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nap91 View Post
    To be honest I think when we separate half the time it's more for our own sanity than anything! My stress levels are through the roof when bonding I think you're right though, have been watching some bonding videos tonight and it's given me some more confidence. I have a week off work in Feb so should be able to try it then!
    I know bonding is very stressful! lack of sleep and nervousness and stress all rolled into one. My bonding kit consisted of puppy pen, lots of tasty hay and forage, a dustpan and some old ski gloves to slide in between bunnies if necessary, plenty of food and drink and snacks for me, wine (probably most important item on the list ) , bunnycam, pet remedy diffuser, and a helper for toilet breaks. Oh and a mattress next to the bonding pen for a couple of sleepless nights. Not because there was any scuffles, just because they were noisily munching

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    I agree a long bonding period should be more productive although I also agree it is one of the most stressful experiences out there. I hope Britney & Phillip sort out whose boss bunny before too long - whose your money on? Lots of vibes - you can do it xx

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    Sending bonding vibes x

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    This may not be a popular post............... but if I were you I would have a bit more of a think about bonding Phillip with the girls due to his Heart Disease. Bonding a trio is a lot more stressful for any Rabbit as there is more issues re establishing hierarchy and any Rabbit with a 'vulnerability' will be identified by more robust Rabbits. Rabbits with heart disease to the extent of requiring medication are most certainly at risk in high stress situations. This is of course just my personal opinion and maybe you have already discussed he pros and cons of bonding the Trio with your Vet. Please feel free to ignore this post, but I felt I had to point out the risk posed by exposing a Rabbit with Heart Disease to a high stress situation.

    A bond with a placid submissive single neutered Doe, or even an elderly submissive neutered Buck ( my easiest bonds have been with two neutered older Bucks) is going to be less stressful for Phillip. But you may not be in a position to take on a 4th Rabbit.

    I apologise if my post causes upset, it is not my intention to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    This may not be a popular post............... but if I were you I would have a bit more of a think about bonding Phillip with the girls due to his Heart Disease. Bonding a trio is a lot more stressful for any Rabbit as there is more issues re establishing hierarchy and any Rabbit with a 'vulnerability' will be identified by more robust Rabbits. Rabbits with heart disease to the extent of requiring medication are most certainly at risk in high stress situations. This is of course just my personal opinion and maybe you have already discussed he pros and cons of bonding the Trio with your Vet. Please feel free to ignore this post, but I felt I had to point out the risk posed by exposing a Rabbit with Heart Disease to a high stress situation.

    A bond with a placid submissive single neutered Doe, or even an elderly submissive neutered Buck ( my easiest bonds have been with two neutered older Bucks) is going to be less stressful for Phillip. But you may not be in a position to take on a 4th Rabbit.

    I apologise if my post causes upset, it is not my intention to do so.

    Best wishes for whatever you decide to do.
    Thanks for the post Jane, no offense caused, appreciate your opinion as always

    We did discuss with JC when he was last at the vets who was happy for the bond to go ahead. However youíre right and we donít want to stress him out hence not pushing the bond too fast and just seeing how things go. We wouldnít ever want to stress him out unnecessarily and if it doesnít work out then we will keep the girls separate. I was watching him this morning demolish his greens thinking how much happier he seems than in December. So if it works then great but if itís stressing him out too much then we will rethink


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack's-Jane View Post
    This may not be a popular post............... but if I were you I would have a bit more of a think about bonding Phillip with the girls due to his Heart Disease. Bonding a trio is a lot more stressful for any Rabbit as there is more issues re establishing hierarchy and any Rabbit with a 'vulnerability' will be identified by more robust Rabbits. Rabbits with heart disease to the extent of requiring medication are most certainly at risk in high stress situations. This is of course just my personal opinion and maybe you have already discussed he pros and cons of bonding the Trio with your Vet. Please feel free to ignore this post, but I felt I had to point out the risk posed by exposing a Rabbit with Heart Disease to a high stress situation.

    A bond with a placid submissive single neutered Doe, or even an elderly submissive neutered Buck ( my easiest bonds have been with two neutered older Bucks) is going to be less stressful for Phillip. But you may not be in a position to take on a 4th Rabbit.

    I apologise if my post causes upset, it is not my intention to do so.

    Best wishes for whatever you decide to do.
    I had forgotten about Phillipís heart disease and Iíve never experienced it so I am glad you have posted this, it helps people to learn from others knowledge of these situations

    Binky free at the bridge Boots, you will never be forgotten xxxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by nap91 View Post
    Thanks for the post Jane, no offense caused, appreciate your opinion as always

    We did discuss with JC when he was last at the vets who was happy for the bond to go ahead. However youíre right and we donít want to stress him out hence not pushing the bond too fast and just seeing how things go. We wouldnít ever want to stress him out unnecessarily and if it doesnít work out then we will keep the girls separate. I was watching him this morning demolish his greens thinking how much happier he seems than in December. So if it works then great but if itís stressing him out too much then we will rethink


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    I am sure you will always have Phillipís best interests at heart as always. I think itís always good to have a plan B in these situations.

    Binky free at the bridge Boots, you will never be forgotten xxxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoobec View Post
    I am sure you will always have Phillipís best interests at heart as always. I think itís always good to have a plan B in these situations.
    Heís currently conked out on his side next to their room

    If it doesnít work then the girls will just have to continue to live in their current room (with exploring from time to time) and Phillip will have the rest of the house as he does now. Makes it a little more awkward but we took them on knowing it might not work.

    We shall see though, Phillip likes them a lot so it might work out!


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