1st neutral territory -- bonding space
2nd neutral territory -- dating space. Bathrooms are good options
Side-by-side pens about 6” apart. With spacers so they can’t push the pens together (this is to ensure they cannot bite through the pens)
Switch litter boxes every day. You can also switch the bunnies back and forth between habitats to fully immerse them in the other’s scent.
Mirrored dishes and litter boxes.
“Teddy bun” to trade scents.
Pen covers – ensure no accidents from an escapee. Bunnies have long memories and it can be difficult to bond after a fight.
Place bunnies side by side heads facing same direction
Share leafy greens
Do not allow fighting
Keep the dates short, increase time gradually
Always end on a positive note
Increase time of bonding dates
Let them stay together as long as you can supervise
Combine living spaces
Spend one night together
Lighten supervision after 48 hours of co-habitation
Bunnies are not fighting
Ignoring one another
Grooming one another
Leaning into each other
Lying near one another in their pens
Presenting for grooming
Humping or chasing is not tolerated by the other rabbit
One or both of the bunnies seem excessively stressed (seek immediate vet care if injury occurs or if either bunny stops eating/pooping)
Chasing is not tolerated
Both bunnies want to be “top” bunny
Nipping backside or underside
Grooming is too rough
Defensive stance tense overall body, ears back
Stay positive and be patient
Slow and steady wins the race
Humping or chasing is normal as long as the rabbits are tolerating it.
Talk to your rabbits! Always keep a positive tone. Tell them they are “good bunnies.” Encouraging words creates positive energy for you and them!