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Is it possible to bond two unneutered bunnies?

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Hi there,
I have a 1.5 yo (Rex) and a 3-month-old (Twix) bunny. Both are males, both not neutered. Living in separate cages at the moment. I will be building them new cages soon. Is it possible to bond them? I plan on starting to bond them on the 14th or 15th of August, in a neutral area. Pls tell me if this is possible and if u have any tips!
 

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Hi, that wouldn't be good idea tbh.

Secondly, your younger male is still a baby and he will be 3,5 months old then so it's exactly when male rabbits start becoming hormonal and sexually active (well it's depending on many factors including their breed and personality, but definitely between 3 months and 6 months). So when he is not a baby anymore he might change dramatically and you can expect excessive humping, spraying urine on walls, other rabbits, you, marking territory with pee and poo etc. Your older male won't like humping I am almost certain about it, in some very rare cases when a male is super submissive maybe possible but most likely they will be humping each other and circling and then fighting. Ever if on exact date 14th of August they will look okay he will go to that teenage phase sooner or later and the fights may start when it all looked fine.

Firstly, I've heard of @Diane R mentioned that she heard that one of her friends knew a woman who had two intact males (or even more) living peacefully together, but generally two unneutered males will fight for dominance, for territory and they can even kill each other, this is not something new it's a natural thing, especially when they are in a limited territory. Well, wait maybe you will hear some success stories here, I wouldn't risk that honestly.

I have successfully bonded two neutered males, was easier than I thought, but one of them has horrible scars he was all in stitches after he had a fight with his brother when they were 3,5 months old. People just got two little brothers from a pet store and they were nice and friendly so were housed together, then time has come and they started humping/circling but people had no experience with rabbits and didn't pay attention, then they had a fight with lots of blood, horrible wounds on ears, around eyes, noses, genitals, kids were horrified and boys were separated, they had emergency surgeries both and were neutered as well. Now one of the brothers lives with me and he is a very good and friendly neutered rabbit and bonded easily with other neutered rabbits.

I have more stories I don't want to post pics of the wounds here I will let other people make their comments as well, my opinion is that I wouldn't risk that. Get them neutered, wait for 2+ months then you can try bonding them.
 

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Hi, that wouldn't be good idea tbh.

Secondly, your younger male is still a baby and he will be 3,5 months old then so it's exactly when male rabbits start becoming hormonal and sexually active (well it's depending on many factors including their breed and personality, but definitely between 3 months and 6 months). So when he is not a baby anymore he might change dramatically and you can expect excessive humping, spraying urine on walls, other rabbits, you, marking territory with pee and poo etc. Your older male won't like humping I am almost certain about it, in some very rare cases when a male is super submissive maybe possible but most likely they will be humping each other and circling and then fighting. Ever if on exact date 14th of August they will look okay he will go to that teenage phase sooner or later and the fights may start when it all looked fine.

Firstly, I've heard of @Diane R mentioned that she heard that one of her friends knew a woman who had two intact males (or even more) living peacefully together, but generally two unneutered males will fight for dominance, for territory and they can even kill each other, this is not something new it's a natural thing, especially when they are in a limited territory. Well, wait maybe you will hear some success stories here, I wouldn't risk that honestly.

I have successfully bonded two neutered males, was easier than I thought, but one of them has horrible scars he was all in stitches after he had a fight with his brother when they were 3,5 months old. People just got two little brothers from a pet store and they were nice and friendly so were housed together, then time has come and they started humping/circling but people had no experience with rabbits and didn't pay attention, then they had a fight with lots of blood, horrible wounds on ears, around eyes, noses, genitals, kids were horrified and boys were separated, they had emergency surgeries both and were neutered as well. Now one of the brothers lives with me and he is a very good and friendly neutered rabbit and bonded easily with other neutered rabbits.

I have more stories I don't want to post pics of the wounds here I will let other people make their comments as well, my opinion is that I wouldn't risk that. Get them neutered, wait for 2+ months then you can try bonding them.
Hi, tysm for replying. Maybe can I give it one try, with supervision?
 

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Hi, tysm for replying. Maybe can I give it one try, with supervision?
That was only my private opinion I do not hold a degree on bonding rabbits I felt I should tell you about my experiences since you've asked for opinions, if you didn't like it you may wait a bit and get some better opinion from people who are more polite and supportive than me. They are your rabbits and you decide, good luck anyways :)
 

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For the same reasons as Zuppa explained, if they were my unneutered boys i wouldn't attempt bonding them for their own safety. I have two neutered boys and it's a bit of a struggle for me to get them to accept each other, let alone so if your rabbits are intact. Again, this is only my viewpoint but i wouldn't risk it.
 

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It wouldn’t go well . Maybe not the first time... but at some point they will fight, possibly to the death .
 

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Hi, that wouldn't be good idea tbh.

Secondly, your younger male is still a baby and he will be 3,5 months old then so it's exactly when male rabbits start becoming hormonal and sexually active (well it's depending on many factors including their breed and personality, but definitely between 3 months and 6 months). So when he is not a baby anymore he might change dramatically and you can expect excessive humping, spraying urine on walls, other rabbits, you, marking territory with pee and poo etc. Your older male won't like humping I am almost certain about it, in some very rare cases when a male is super submissive maybe possible but most likely they will be humping each other and circling and then fighting. Ever if on exact date 14th of August they will look okay he will go to that teenage phase sooner or later and the fights may start when it all looked fine.

Firstly, I've heard of @Diane R mentioned that she heard that one of her friends knew a woman who had two intact males (or even more) living peacefully together, but generally two unneutered males will fight for dominance, for territory and they can even kill each other, this is not something new it's a natural thing, especially when they are in a limited territory. Well, wait maybe you will hear some success stories here, I wouldn't risk that honestly.

I have successfully bonded two neutered males, was easier than I thought, but one of them has horrible scars he was all in stitches after he had a fight with his brother when they were 3,5 months old. People just got two little brothers from a pet store and they were nice and friendly so were housed together, then time has come and they started humping/circling but people had no experience with rabbits and didn't pay attention, then they had a fight with lots of blood, horrible wounds on ears, around eyes, noses, genitals, kids were horrified and boys were separated, they had emergency surgeries both and were neutered as well. Now one of the brothers lives with me and he is a very good and friendly neutered rabbit and bonded easily with other neutered rabbits.

I have more stories I don't want to post pics of the wounds here I will let other people make their comments as well, my opinion is that I wouldn't risk that. Get them neutered, wait for 2+ months then you can try bonding them.
I don't recall saying anything about unneutered males living together - not something I would recommend at all. The exception is baby siblings IF they are neutered ASAP, normally at 12 weeks.
 

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It wouldn’t go well . Maybe not the first time... but at some point they will fight, possibly to the death .
Previously I had mentioned that I know of people who have bucks living together peacefully. And although it surprised me how long that lasted, it didn’t last forever unfortunately. One buck killed the other, just the other day actually.
So my viewpoint went from “maybe it’s possible after all” to “definately not worth the risk”
 

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Even if it seemed you were successful, I would never trust that bond. How would you feel if you wake up to one badly injured bunny or worse. Just not worth it. Even if you "try" it and it seems successful - you don't want to chance it with hormonal bunnies .
 

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