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Mixing rabbits?

SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
edited February 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
Okay, so my roommates own two rabbits that were bought at the same time from the same place, both female. Since we moved in to this place a couple months ago, there's been a white rabbit that's been wandering around the property and the adjacent lots that don't have dogs on them. This one's a male, and we have finally managed to catch the little bugger. Now, what we're trying to figure out is, is there any safe way to introduce these rabbits to each other? My roommates were told that, when they got the first two rabbits, that it wasn't generally good to do so. Right now the two are in one hutch and the other is in a friggin huge chinchilla cage, but we put together an outdoor enclosure and it would be nice if all 3 could be in at once, instead of 2 at this time and 1 at this time. Currently the hutch and chinchilla cage are about 5 feet away so the rabbits can get used to the new scents. Obviously this won't be an issue if it turns out this rabbit is owned by someone around here, and I'll have pet posters up when I'm sure it won't be stormy as hell; it's pretty likely that it's a stray, though, since it spent the last two storms camped out under a storage shed on this property.

I realize pictures are required for pet threads, but I cannot find my camera, and will edit this when I can. In the mean time, make your own mental image: the two females are holland loppers, one with grey and white fur, the other pitch black with gray pads on the feet (named Sox), the male is snow white with shorter ears than the females (so probably not a lopper) and black patches over his eyes.

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  • MetroidZoidMetroidZoid Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Generally, older rabbits won't eventually socialize like cats and dogs. It can happen, but generally one's going to get it's ass kicked and would rather be anywhere but there, except it can't because they'd be housed together. You can however easily keep them in separate cages, and give them individual attention.

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  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Yeah, we tried putting Sox in with the new guy in that enclosure, and Sox started bugging out (running around the perimeter of the fence, along with over, under and across the new guy). New guy was entirely unconcerned, and tried to box our feet when we tried to step in and out of the enclosure. Gonna try with the grey tomorrow, since it's almost dark.

    Thing is though, we don't know how old the new guy is. The two are adolescents, but for all we know this guy could be a few years old. Could that be affecting the reactions of all involved parties?

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  • UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Until you are absolutely sure all buns involved are fixed, keep them separate

    Some rabbits never socialize, some do - you can't just throw them togeher and hope that they'll get along. House Rabbit Society has some guidelines about introducing new pets to current rabbits, I'd link you but I'm on my phone.

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  • ElinElin Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Could the new rabbit have skeevy bunny diseases that your current rabbits can catch? With cats a stray could have FIV and such, I don't know if there's a rabbit equivalent of that, never having owned them myself.

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  • UsagiUsagi Nah Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Yep, it's called pasturella

    It causes bunny colds and sometimes abscesses

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  • SkeithSkeith Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Okay, we put the grey in with newbie today, and they seemed to get along alright, since they were grooming each other (didn't stop me and my roommates from standing like 6 inches away, ready to grab them). Sox didn't want much to do with him, though, kept moving to the other side of the enclosure. I don't think we'll be putting them together anymore until we get him checked out by a vet, didn't even think about disease... keep forgetting that just because we don't have rabies out here doesn't mean pets can't get sick.

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  • Mom2KatMom2Kat Registered User regular
    edited February 2011
    Also you may want to make sure they are fixed.

    The first tiem you put htem together reminds me of Stash (my house doe) and Navy (a show buck). I took stash to navy to try and breed them but stash was having none of it and just ran around and over navy while he stood there looking cnfused and naseues ( From watching stach run in circles around him). Also it is standard when trying to breed that you take the doe to the buck as a does will defend her home. So you may have issues with the 2 girls defending thier home and not socializing to the buck. You can try swapping cages for a while to see if they get used to the others scent but really bucks and does are not known for getting along, and you want to make sure all are fixed.

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    Sadly I do not have pics of th other 7 buns. I kindly helped out a friend to take care of her remaining Polish Dwarf Rabbitry while she is having her own babies and now I am activily getting into showing and raising Polish. My husband complains she created a crazy rabbit lady!

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