Rabbits fighting

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    hxkev

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    I just got my other female bunny (she's not neutered yet) and I wanted to see how well they can get along with my other male rabbit (he is neutered). We put them in an other room and my male bun started chasing the female bun while trying to mount her (i think?). They were doing this for a while and I noticed that the male bun was clinging onto the female (on her back). I don't think he injured her, I think he was just biting the fur. After that I put them in their separate cages, and the female is pretty still, she hasn't moved. I doubt that she's hurt, she isn't grinding teeth or struggling to move. She was thumping for a while so maybe she was a bit traumatized?

    Does this mean my rabbits don't like eachother or is this natural in bonding?
     
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    I would put it that way: Your buck had a flashback from times when he was whole, and tried to mate, the doe seems to have either interpreted it as dominance behaviour, or the real thing by her reaction, could have triggered a false pregnancy, so don't worry if she starts to behave wierd in about 2 weeks.
    So far, nothing like a fight, in the countrary. It doen't say they like each other, the doe quite likely was just overwhelmed by what's going on. He is somewhat overexited, and/or dominant, as long as she doesn't get angry about it it's imo fine.

    When did your buck lose his balls? If it's less than 4 weeks ago you might be in for a surprise in 4 weeks since they can be fertile that long after, and it can even take longer for hormones that trigger male behaviour to dissipate.

    Not from own experience, but I would say do not rush things. Get her spayed, let her heal up and hormones dissipate, doing expereiments like this might be really conterproductive, if they start a fight, they can remember that, even when they have forgotten what it was all about.
     
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    He was neutered 6 weeks ago. Can he still have hormones even now or is there some other reason for it?
     
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    So I'm trying to bond my buns, I have set up a pen to seperate them. Both of them are thumping whenever they get close to eachother and the male is constantly biting on the cage (he's always done this so it might be because of habit). I put them in my room, where the male used to live, so he might be territorial? The female has soft stool as well, which I read could be a sign of stress (should I be worried?)

    Is this normal in bonding, or do I have to just wait until they get used to eachother and maybe they'll stop? The male was neutered 6 weeks ago, the female has not been neutered. If I neuter the female (I am planning to), will they stop thumping and start to get along?
     
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    What you mean by soft stool is it diarrhea or cecotropes? If you just brought her in maybe you could let her be for 24-48 hours in her new place so she could feel she's safe there, cover her place with a blanket so she can have some privacy?
     
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    Also, if you are going to cover her with a blanket and then start a new thread Okay folks I covered her with a blanket what do I do next? this would be too stressful and generally wrong way to bond them, you should do some research on bonding process BEFORE you introduce them and be prepared. Try put into search window bonding process and you'll get a bit of reading so you can create a clear plan and go step by step.
     
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    Is this the same pair you just wrote about in another thread? If so, that is definitely relevant info that needs to be included in your question here. Otherwise you may get wrong advice for not having provided all the info. It's important to have that background on what already went happened when you put these two together.
     
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    No please dont start a new thread for something like that.

    Its important to keep info on the same situation together and even as Blue Eyes has said include it all in 1 post.
    This topic and the OPs other recent topic should have all been 1 topic to make correct advice giving much easier.
     
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    So I got a female rabbit for my male bun today (they are kept seperate) and she has been acting really weird lately. She's making small growling sounds, it sounds like a "hmm". She has also been thumping for quite a while, She does seem rather anxious. I've also noticed that her tail and butt are wet with urine, and it doesn't seem to dry up (whenever I try to touch and feel it, it's always wet). The male and female bunny are currently living in a 2 story hutch(one is on the 1st and the other is on the 2nd floor, seperated)So I thought maybe it's because she's in his territory but i don't know how that works. We put her together with the male (he's neutered) so there might have been a false pragnency (idk what that looks like). At the moment she is circling my feet and now she's laying at my feet, so maybe she just wants attention? I don't know what her problem is and I am really concerned considering I've only had her for almost a day.
     
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    Please put your questions in one, existing thread, with just snippets of information in each question it's impossible to give you sound advice. Best thing to do would be to sum up the story in the next post. As far as I got it, you got an intact girl, put her straight to the buck, in his territory, mistook humping for fighting, all in one day, and now you are are confused about her reaction?

    Well, I think you have a gorgeous girl there, very resilient. I'm surprised that she is not hunched up in a corner. Anyway, rabbits are not fond of changes, give her time to settle in, don't rush things. Let her get used to the new environment. Patience.

    About sounds: Pregnant does, or ones that think that they are pregnant, can get quite vocal when a buck is around.
     
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    Hxkev, you have already been told by myself and members about creating multiple topics for the same situation.
    If you are not willing to add info in a topic you have already started about the same situation with the same rabbits then you will be moved to moderated posting.
     
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    Oh sorry I didn't notice, I thought I was making seperate posts.. sorryy
    I'll try to do better in the future.
     
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    No Problem :)

    You've read the posts above?
    I would say, calm down, give her rest and privacy, just don't rush things.
     
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