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    Dolly got widowed after 3 weeks so I arranged to get her a 9 week old male friend hoping they could have a lovely long life together once bonded. When I went to pick him up he was sitting snuggled with his sister and the lady was going to separate them, I did the most stupidest but kindest thing and took them both. So I now have 3 bunnies. Is there ever going to be any kind of bond.. Currently 2 babies are in a cage in the shed, they are tiny and will probably stay there until they are neutered, dolly has the run of the shed she went over to sniff them , thumped her feet poop and pee all around the cage and went away grunting, not a happy bunny at all, she then came to me chinning me everywhere and nipping me, Since that first meeting on Sunday she pretends they are not there. I also have a hutch in the garden, our garden is a very secure smallish garden and my past bunnies have always had free range in and out the shed unless we go out, I could split the garden in half so the 2 bonded have the shed and run and dolly has the hutch and rest of garden but for all she seems extremely happy to be alone at the moment, im worried she will never like the babies and I wouldn't know where to start to bond them. I would willingly pay anyone who could do this for me in the near future but im in the north east. I would travel but not too far.
    I would of made dolly a house bunny but mum has dementia and we have an indoor cat.
    Does anyone know where I can take them to bond in the near future that isn't too far away from me. They will always be able to communicate in the garden through a run but will this be enough for them if bonding isn't an option.
    Dolly is the most intellegent animal I have had, she knew Jimmy had died straight away and the doesnt forget anything.
    Does anyone have a bonded pair and a loner who can communicate through a run and be happy.
    Thank you yet again.




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    I would just give it more time. The babies are just that - they need to be a bit bigger and preferably neutered before you bond properly. The boy can be done fairly early, but the girl will have to be 6 months old.

    If there is no referred aggression from Dolly, they will be fine separated as they are for a while. Thigs may change when the babies become adolescents and start to get hormonal - so just keep an eye on them all.

    Are you sure the babies are a boy and girl?

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    Welcome to your two new bunnies

    Personally I think I would try to get all three bonded into a trio. However, I think how you do that and when will depend on how things progress with your new pair. There will probably be a greater chance of success for them if you wait until the new pair are neutered.

    You will also need to consider how they are going to be housed before they are neutered. This needs to take into account whether you have in fact got one male and one female (mistakes are easily made in very young bunnies). If it is one of each, you will need to ensure that the female doesn't become pregnant before the male is neutered and you might need to separate them. If you have two of the same sex, you might also need to separate before they are old enough to be neutered if hormones kick in and they become aggressive with each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Welcome to your two new bunnies

    Personally I think I would try to get all three bonded into a trio. However, I think how you do that and when will depend on how things progress with your new pair. There will probably be a greater chance of success for them if you wait until the new pair are neutered.

    You will also need to consider how they are going to be housed before they are neutered. This needs to take into account whether you have in fact got one male and one female (mistakes are easily made in very young bunnies). If it is one of each, you will need to ensure that the female doesn't become pregnant before the male is neutered and you might need to separate them. If you have two of the same sex, you might also need to separate before they are old enough to be neutered if hormones kick in and they become aggressive with each other.
    The babies are getting vet checked on Tuesday so hopefully the vets will have a better idea of sex.I have got the housing situation sorted, I am putting dolly in the hutch and she can have the run of the garden and the 2 young ones in the shed with the run for now till they are all neutered and hormones settled.
    I will never give up on bonding them, i just need guidance at the time and it doesn't matter how long it takes. If the 2 babies ever need separating then the cage in the shed is useful but I have faith it won't come to this as the little boy will be neutered asap and then the little girl asap afterwards.
    Dolly prefers the garden, she prefers to be outside more than in the shed, she has a fav spot and she only goes inside at night when I put her to bed so the hutch will be fine for her. It's her being on her own that hurts me, but she honestly seems very very happy for now. My garden is not large, very enclosed and I'm home all day and night. It's mostly paving slabs with a patch of grass. Ideally I want them all in the shed with access to the garden apart from 6 hours overnight Locked in the shed. This is my goal. If I don't get there I will send them away for bonding. Scotland is the nearest,its expensive but I don't mind.
    I know it's a long process and may take a year. They may even start to bond themselves through the run. Who knows. .
    If anyone can offer me bonding advice further down the line that would be amazing.
    Thank you again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Welcome to your two new bunnies

    Personally I think I would try to get all three bonded into a trio. However, I think how you do that and when will depend on how things progress with your new pair. There will probably be a greater chance of success for them if you wait until the new pair are neutered.

    You will also need to consider how they are going to be housed before they are neutered. This needs to take into account whether you have in fact got one male and one female (mistakes are easily made in very young bunnies). If it is one of each, you will need to ensure that the female doesn't become pregnant before the male is neutered and you might need to separate them. If you have two of the same sex, you might also need to separate before they are old enough to be neutered if hormones kick in and they become aggressive with each other.
    When can male bunnies be neutered if he is 10 weeks tomorrow x

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    Quote Originally Posted by glitterdust View Post
    When can male bunnies be neutered if he is 10 weeks tomorrow x

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    Usually from around 12 weeks, but you need to wait until his testicles drop and then your vet should be happy to neuter him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Usually from around 12 weeks, but you need to wait until his testicles drop and then your vet should be happy to neuter him.
    That's amazing thank you. Will the vets be able to sex them now at 10 weeks. Probably the stupidest question you have ever been asked X

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    Quote Originally Posted by glitterdust View Post
    That's amazing thank you. Will the vets be able to sex them now at 10 weeks. Probably the stupidest question you have ever been asked X

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    Your vet could certainly attempt to sex them now, but there's no absolute guarantee that it would be correct. However, if the testicles drop on one of your bunnies, it's an indication obviously that it's a male

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    No advice re bonding a trio unfortunately, but just be aware that the male may still be fertile for several weeks after neutering so you may need to separate him and the female anyway. I hope the bond goes well, I've only ever bonded two and that was pretty stressful!

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    Also I have found a lovely lady who has offered to help me with the bonding process of the trio when they are ready, she has never bonded a trio before so it's also a challenge for her, but she believes any rabbits can bond but she said it may take months and not to give up.
    Ive realised Rome wasn't built in day and I am prepared to do all the right things for my bunny's to have a happy life together Even if it means temporary separations..
    Last edited by glitterdust; 28-10-2020 at 06:36 PM.

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