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    I've got two unneutered female Netherland Dwarf rabbits. They are 17 weeks old and usually friendly.

    Over the last week one of them has bitten my daughter 3 times. They are also weeing all over their hutch, they are spraying (photo below) up the sides and its soaked daily. I've checked its not rain getting in, it's not as they've got a fab waterproof cover.

    Is it time to get them neutered, is it territorial behaviour as they are always humping each other and nipping. They are happy together though as I've had them since they were 8 weeks old and they are sisters.

    Will neutering help with litter training as they are hit and miss!

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    If they are spraying I would check if one or both is/are males. Obviously, if you have one of each sex you will need to separate them. My guess is one is definitely a male and if both are boys there is a high chance they will start to fight and can hurt one another badly. Sorry to tell you this but it happens all the time with young Rabbits.

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    Hormones are hitting in. Vets ASAP to confirm sex's and to arrange neutering.

    Neutering will help with litter training and behaviours but can take many weeks to show any benefits.
    I'd recommend not picking the buns up until long after neutering as it will reinforce the biting.

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    Hi, they are definitely girls, they've been seen by the vet twice for vaccinations, so I hope they've got it right!

    Is it usual for girls to spray like that, the hutch is covered in urine.

    I'll get them booked in for the op ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willow218 View Post
    Hi, they are definitely girls, they've been seen by the vet twice for vaccinations, so I hope they've got it right!

    Is it usual for girls to spray like that, the hutch is covered in urine.

    I'll get them booked in for the op ASAP.

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    Girls can spray like that. Daphne was a little madam for it but she's a highly hormonal girl even after being neutered.

    Try to avoid separating if you can as it'll make keeping them together easier but if you're worried about fighting at all then consider splitting their housing with a wire divider so they can still interact and swap sides every 2 days to reduce any territorial disputes when reintroduced.

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    My girl sprayed when I introduced a male so it's not unheard of. If you do get them spayed they will need to stay indoors for a few days to recover. Post spay litter training should be easier. Some rabbits never become fans of being held/cuddled, that's just who they are.

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    Oh dear, it appears two girls maybe a girl and boy! We were cuddling them tonight and I had a look and I'm convinced I saw testicles!

    Loki kept humping Nova who was not happy and she was making a funny noise, so I thought I'd check, not that I really know what I'm looking for.

    How likely is it a vet that's examined them twice would get it wrong. I've booked them in to be neutered now as we can't take the chance of a pregnancy. I just hope we're not too late!

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    Unfortunatly, sexing rabbits can be a difficult task.

    If one is indeed a male, and they are 17 weeks old - you're expecting baby bunnies. The doe being vocal (strange noises) around the buck is what I use to determine if a doe took or not.

    So, read up, prepare a nestboix an d seperate them. The last thing you want is a buck around a doe giving birth - he would impregnate her right again, sometimes not even waiting til she's finished delivering. There isn#t anything that gets a buck more horny than a delivering doe. (one of the less cute aspects of rabbits)

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    Oh no, I don't know how to deal with baby bunnies. I've nowhere to separate them either, but if she's pregnant I'll have to.

    We have a two story hutch, can I take the steps out avd put a board across the gap to block it off. The hutch is really big so enough room top and bottom for each of them.

    I'm taking Loki to the vet today to get them to check for testicles then I'll know what to prepare for!


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    Some boys look just like girls and even Vets and breeders can be mistaken. It was the spraying which made me suspicious. Please separate them now. I hope all turns out ok in the end. They are Rabbits- what do we expect?

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