i rescued a bun, my besty HATES her. i have no idea what to do.

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Slow introduce. Check. - bunny injuries. no joke.
Um. give them time!: Weeks, connected visiually. together.

i honestly think the whole problem was me trying to introduce them far too soon. They are both physically scarred.

I crack up when I see them meet every morning between the bars. Others would think they are saying 'hello', I honestly think its the opposite direction.

I want to make my buns happy. Mookie, I've had for 5 years , since he was born. My little Snowflake is recent, but super loved. That being said, Mookie. Nuff Said.

That also being said, no ******** way I give up on Snowflake. What a name~! I got it from the girls who saved her, so... yeah.
 
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Are they both spayed/neutered?
 

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He is, not sure about her, she was a rescue. She is so sweet and wants OUT like my Mookie. Once that happens its literally war. Both of them have injuries from past encounters with each other. She just wants to get out, he wants to set his boundaries since he's been IT for 4 years.

They just at this point have animus towards each other. I'm sadly going to give her to a rescue unless a miracle happens.
 

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They probably need complete separation from each other, not even being able to see each other through their pen bars, for at least a month. Get her spayed, wait 4-8 weeks for hormones to fade, then restart the bonding process. Though they may just not be compatible. Some rabbits will never get along with each other due to conflicting personalities.





 

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Yes, I've read it all, thank you. This rescue was thrust upon me. I had no idea the anger in my bun, like at all. I see these two super happy buns chilling and hanging out across the gates and can't figure out why the violence happens literally as soon as the can contact.
 

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It can be really disturbing to see your normally sweet and snuggly bunny turn violent! Before I experienced that, I also had no idea that my rabbit had that in them and it made me so mad. Kind of still does. I have a bonded trio and recently the neutered buck went after one of the girls, made her scream. That was that. He's on his own now, until I can find the time to thoroughly bond them again.

It's a lot of time and effort. But worth it in the long run. Bonding rabbits is a big time commitment, and anyone who says otherwise probably just got lucky or had all the optimal variables (both bunnies are fixed and hormone-free, compatible personalities/genders/etc).

Good luck with your buns!
 

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I'd wait to allow them together untill girl is fixed.
Then after post op quarantine for a few weeks. .the. Bring them into the bathroom or another room they don't go and try them in there.
It may be that your forest bun doesn't like the addition in his space.

Alternatively you can leave girl in her space post op from fixing and allow your fella to roam freely around her space and vice versa.
Then introduce them slowly with you being right there with them.

They will circle and chase and mount eachother for dominancey but there should be no fur flying or blood loss.

I wish you luck 🤞
 

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Thank you for the back up and support, guys. Is there a way to see (visually) if she has been fixed? I'm guessing probably not. I'm obviously thinking this will be contributing to the problem. I initially wasn't considering it figuring Mookie had been fixed.

I'm on a fixed income, so 'just get her checked' is probably a $100 deal. Not a nothing-burger like it is to most folks.
 

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Visually, you'd see a scar on her tummy, but that could also be a surgery for something else.
Females should always be spayed to help prevent cervical cancer which they are prone to.

I too am fixed income and know how expensive vet care for buns can be so spend your time getting bunny educated.
YouTube videos are great, as is following Oxbow on Facebook because they have "ask a vet" once a month, or so.
Spend time going through all the threads on this website will be benificial to your buns health and your education..when in doubt come here and ask, we are all here to be informed.
Bunny rescues are also a wealth of information and you can offer to volunteer if you are close enough and have time to give, that will help you get hands on education.
It will be your best defense in their home health. Get to know their signals and personalities so you know when there is change.
 

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They probably need complete separation from each other, not even being able to see each other through their pen bars, for at least a month. Get her spayed, wait 4-8 weeks for hormones to fade, then restart the bonding process. Though they may just not be compatible. Some rabbits will never get along with each other due to conflicting personalities.





Unfortunately, separating them is impossible as I live in a studio apt. I WILL, however, make sure she is spayed. I don't know what my thinking was that just because Mookie was snipped it wouldn't be a problem. Hormones are hormones. My bad all the way.
 

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