Adding a second rabbit at a later date
An adult male will usually welcome the company of a female, but not another male.
Putting a baby bunny in with an adult rabbit is risky.
The adult rabbit may attack and kill a young one.
The mature rabbit will keep mounting younger one to establish dominance.
This will cause the younger bunny to be very stressed, and possibly cause damage.
An adult female most likely will not accept another female or maybe not even a male in her territory.
Introducing a new rabbit, is like bringing an intruder in from another rabbit warren
*Rub both rabbits with parsley, mint, basil, dill, rosemary, geranium, or some other strong smelling plant, to disguise the smell difference
*Hold the rabbits together, rubbing their bodies all over each other, especially the scent glands under the chin and the bottom
*Place in a playpen in neutral territory with boxes and tunnels scattered around to investigate and hide in. Add the strong smelling plants to camouflage the "intruders" smell
*Be quick to separate them if they fight. Wear gloves when breaking up a fight.
Do not leave them together unsupervised until they have shown signs of bonding, e.g. licking each other, and sitting together.
Distract when fighting with a squirt of water from a spray bottle
* Mounting each other is not fighting. They are simply asserting dominance.
A fight is where they rush at each other and their is fur being pulled out. It looks like a real rough and tumble.
*Place hutches next to each other, so they can get acquainted.
*If they seem to be getting along in neutral territory, then it is time for them to try a shared hutch by putting them in together at night, so that when they wake up together in the morning they may feel like siblings. Placing bunnies into a small hutch, will prevent them from jumping at each other. Keep a check on their behavior.
*If after some days of perseverance, they still fight, unfortunately, they may never be able to live together.
Bonding two adult rabbits can be difficult;
sometimes impossible !!!
Some rabbits will get along in the day time in a play area and need to be put back in their own individual hutches at night.
Re-bonding two "best friend rabbits", can also be difficult after a new smell has been introduced.
Once bonded it is best not to separate the bunnies.
Even a trip to the vet can result in fighting when put back together again.
I have a friend with 2 desexed bunnies who really get along well. If I visit and pick them up, they start to fight.
The reason is that because I have been handling my rabbits, I introduce another smell, and then they think their companion is an intruder.
Re-bonding was necessary every time after I had visited.
This e-book is written by Faye Nagyivan