How should I make it better for my loop rabbits?

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  1. Feb 11, 2019 #1

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    I have an outdoor neutered loop mix Toste, that moved into his own hutch this month. Before he shared a cage with my french loop doe but they couldn’t bond because of Lilja .

    So I might try bonding him with my other buck when it get warmer outside.

    His hutch is quite small, he have the smallest cage of all my rabbits ( length: 4,2 ft. Wide: 2,2 ft. Height: 3,6 ft.). Most of the day he get access to a pen that’s attached to the cage. But the pen is also attached to my does cage so I have to shift between them.

    The doe live in a hutch that are (length: 8,9 ft. Wide: 3,8 ft. Height: 5,7 ft.)

    When my doe have access to the pen, Lilja will run around a little and dig but she spend almost all her time sleeping, if she’s not eating or getting petted. She love sleeping under the small plastic table and most of the time if she can choice, she will sleep in the pen instead of her hutch.

    The one I’m concerned over is Toste because he can only jump 3 times in his cage and can’t really play in it. During the night all my rabbits get closed into their cages. Because it’s common for foxes moving around in my area, just last summer some people had a fox walk into their house.

    Will Toste live comfortably having access to the pen most of the day around 10 hours while my doe Lilja only get 2-4 hours access to the pen.

    Or is there a better way to make it comfortable for my outdoor rabbits?
     
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    Is the other buck you're thinking of bonding him to neutered as well? If not, it's a sketchy idea at best.

    The general rule of thumb for rabbits is 60+ square feet of space (for a single rabbit or a bonded pair/trio/whatever) OR 3-4 hours a day of "running-around" time (like in a pen). If he gets 10 hours a day and she gets 2-4 hours (but a bigger cage) then I think that's a fair compromise that both meets and exceeds the minimum recommendations for rabbits.
     
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    The other buck will get neutered soon but when they met eachother in a neutral territory they ignored each other and no fight broke out, only a little chasing and nothing more. So it seemed more like chance than with the doe. Which started to attack directly when she saw him.
     
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    As long as a neuter is in the plans, that's what matters (since if only one is neutered, that can end very badly). Ignoring each other is pretty much the best-case scenario for initial introductions :p. Same-sex bonds can be tricky, but they can also work out just fine. It sounds like you know your rabbits well, so trust your instincts and just keep an eye out for signs of trouble once they're fully bonded (since the bond getting upset at some point down the road is more common with same-sex pairs).
     
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    Thanks for the replies, I truly hope they will become a bonded pair in the future. It would truly help Toste having an outgoing friend that loves humans and not scared of anything. Both have similar personalities love cuddles, crazy for food and are playful.
     

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