Bonding 3 males?
Hello, all. I frequently post on this board in other forums, but this is one of my few bun-related posts.
Here's the story:
We have 3 male rabbits: 2 lionheads and 1 Holland lop. They are all neutered.
One lionhead (Finch) and the lop (Atticus) are 2 years old, and they have been bonded since we got them.
The other lionhead (Charlie) is 5 years old, and the bun that he was bonded with died a year ago.
When we had four rabbits, we had them all in our dining room-turned-rabbit den. There was a baby gate down the middle and a bonded pair on either side: the 5 year olds (Charlie and his late friend) and the 2 year olds (Atticus and Finch).
After our other rabbit died, Charlie became even more withdrawn and skittish. Truth be told, he's always been a very anxious and skittish rabbit. We tried to let all 3 remaining buns have play time together, but it never went very well. They could last up to an hour, but there would eventually be a fight.
After a month or so of trying, we got busy and gave up. So, Charlie is alone on one side of the room, and the two buns are on the other. Almost always, all three of them will sleep on opposite sides of the baby gate, getting as close to each other as the gate will allow.
We've become increasingly aware of how sad and lonely Charlie seems, but we don't know what to do. Is it even possible to get the 3 males bonded? Should we try that again, even if it stresses Charlie out? Is he fine on his side and just a quiet, loner bun?
Of course, we want our buns to live a long and happy life. We just don't think Charlie is as happy as he should be.
Any advice and/or suggestions would be much appreciated! Thank you!
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Last edited by emiliewasmyeve; 01-31-2013 at 06:21 PM.