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Yaya8a

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Hello everyone, I currently have a 5 month old Holland lop (female) and I will soon be getting an 8 week ok male Holland lop. My female is currently free roam and will be spayed in 3 weeks. My question is when I bring the new 8 week old male Holland lop should I keep him in a pen until my female has been spayed and she is completely healed before trying to bond them? Or should I just keep the baby in the pen until he can also be neutered? I would appreciate any advice or help on bonding an older rabbit with a younger one. Thanks!
 

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You can't really bond a baby rabbit to an adult rabbit, because the baby will change as it matures and hormones set in, so it's not really considered a bond. It can also be risky to do as a baby rabbit is vulnerable. But also once hormones set in, hormonal behavior can cause fighting to break out.

Rabbits can be very particular as to what rabbit they decide they like and will get along with. The best way to find a compatible bonding companion, is to find a shelter/rescue that has already fixed adult rabbits, that will allow bunny dates so you can find the best match for your female once she has been spayed and had time to recover.

If you decide to still get the baby rabbit, they'll need to be kept separate until he's neutered and has had 6-8 weeks post neuter for hormones to fade. Then bonding can be attempted. But do note that there are no guarantees when it comes to whether or not rabbits will be compatible and bond.



 

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