Neutered male unspayed feme

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Makya_s

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Hey everyone! I have a nurtured mini Rex that I rescued a few months back. I just recently got a lion haired doe and buck that I want to eventually breed. My problem is my buck constantly thumps the ground anytime she is around and I want to house her with my neutered male. She doesn’t pay much attention to him when she’s roaming she pays more attention to the buck and lays next to his cage. When I did let her meet my neutered male she chased him.
would it be a bad idea to house the neutered male with the unspayed doe?
 

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It would be a bad idea because she is going to be hormonal and they will fight. And, if you breed her with the other buck while she is housed with the neutered buck she will probably hurt the babies. I would keep them all separated.
 

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That is a quite common combination, but there should be some proper bonding done. When just putting them together it's pretty normal that one rabbit gets chased. That's part of sorting out who's boss, taking into consideration what makes bonding easier like neutral ground can reduce the risk of a fight. Also when they have enough space so that either of them can get away and hide. Some chasing, humping and even tufts of hair flying can be part of the process.

It's not that hormones make does fight. Hormones bring mood swings, and all the natural behaviour. My spayed doe attacks unfamiliar rabbits that venture into her and her bucks territory too.

Why would she hurt the babies? No. My breeding does live in pairs, I don't know for sure how a neutered buck behaves around a nest, but with a dominant doe I would think it should work. Maybe seperate for 2 days around kindling, but with exercise or garden time together (I do that sometimes with my does, just to give them some peace, rest and privacy)
They'll need quite some space, I connected 2 hutches with tunnels, so if one doe has kits or is in a bad mood the other can go out of sight to the other hutch. No problem in 7 years with 2 pairs.
Rabbits are social animals, I enjoy them interact so much that I'll never keep a rabbit alone again, if it can be avoided.
 
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