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    Hi, Iím a new rabbit owner of two female Rex rabbits. Theyíre 12 week old and confident little things. I felt ok about how they would both get on; both females (donít tend to fight as much supposedly), sisters and they seem to get on quite well (lying on the floor next to each other asleep and cleaning each other). Today I got home and found a chunk of one of the rabbit's fur in the middle of the run and a chunk of fur hanging off the same rabbit. I know they can malt but I donít know what to do if theyíre fighting. When I was with her she didnít seem as confident but still enjoyed a cuddle (it might just be me being over sensitive and overreacting but I thought she seemed a bit shyer). Iím doubling the size of their run this weekend and their hide hut has two exits. Should I worry yet? I know I havenít seen any fights yet and their space is doubling this weekend.

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    Wise Old Thumper
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    Hello and welcome to the forum

    A bond between two females is possibly the most challenging, although the fact that they are sisters might help.

    I think your Does are approaching puberty and the behaviour will be hormonal. The fur has been pulled probably when the rabbits were chasing. It might hopefully have been just a single occasion, but I would watch their behaviour very closely over the next day or two, as chasing can lead to fighting, when injuries could occur. I would be especially watchful when you enlarge their accommodation, which could unsettle them.

    You might need to separate them until they are spayed and then rebond them afterwards.

    I hope all goes well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Hello and welcome to the forum

    A bond between two females is possibly the most challenging, although the fact that they are sisters might help.

    I think your Does are approaching puberty and the behaviour will be hormonal. The fur has been pulled probably when the rabbits were chasing. It might hopefully have been just a single occasion, but I would watch their behaviour very closely over the next day or two, as chasing can lead to fighting, when injuries could occur. I would be especially watchful when you enlarge their accommodation, which could unsettle them.

    You might need to separate them until they are spayed and then rebond them afterwards.

    I hope all goes well
    This. Separate now, before there is a serious injury, and the risk that they may never successfully live together. Neuter (at 6 months old if both are female), then rebond.

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    What do you mean by fur hanging off the side? is it just loose separate hairs of fur, or is the hanging fur attached to skin-which is an injury?

    Also, make sure they are both girls as some young bunnies classed as does soon reveal themselves as bucks.

    I would guess hormones could be cause to.

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