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I am getting two new foster rabbits this spring. They are the brother and sister to the two rabbits I already have, and they look like they could be clones. I would like to try to bond these rabbits to their sisters, but run the risk of getting them mixed up. Got any ideas on how I can mark then so I can tell them apart at a glance?
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You could put different colored collars on them.



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Interesting idea! I have never tried putting a collar on a rabbit before. Have you tried one on Smudge?
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A collar would work as Jess said or you could some how mark their fur with something.





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You could try rubbing vanilla essence into part of the fur foster rabbits
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Interesting idea! I have never tried putting a collar on a rabbit before. Have you tried one on Smudge?

Yep, Smudge always wears a collar during his floor time- I have a hard time finding him if he doesnt have a bell on! Its nice when he plays outside too, so if ever he runs off and I cant catch him, who ever finds him can just check his tags and call me.
You just want to make sure it has the right tightness- if its too tight, rabbits will be very uncomfortable, but if its too loose, they will pick at it and chew it off. You should be able to fit 2 fingers under it, but if it has any more room they will chew it.
It might take a little while for them to get used to it too, but Smudge doesnt ever notice his anymore.



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You could probably find a difference if you looked them over closely unless of course they are both a plain solid colour or something in which case you will need to mark them in some way.......i am not really a fan of the collar idea incase one tries to chew the other ones off or they catch a foot whilst scratching etc!

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You could try rubbing vanilla essence into part of the fur foster rabbits
What does the vanilla essence do? Does it help them to bond easier? I have bonded 2 rabbits before, but never a group of 4. I know I need to set up a neutral area before even attempting to do any bonding. I will have two bonded pairs of rabbits.

There are little differences in the rabbits. The pair I have, one rabbit is red with white marking, and the other is white with red markings. The other pair is also one red with white, and one white with red. I am worried that if I am not careful, I could mix up a pair. I want to make sure I make no mistakes.

I like Jess's collar idea. I could use those break-away cat collars and only use them when I am with them, and take them off for their alone time.

The idea of marking their fur is also a good one. Maybe I could put some food coloring on their backs.

Thanks for all the ideas. I probably won't get these foster rabbits for another months, but I can't help thinking about them. I can hardly wait!
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Its seems to help bond anything if they all smell the same and the only thing I can think of thats non-toxic to buns is vanilla esscence
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I would mark their fur with food coloring. Or, at a shelter I volenteered at they use to make markings on the insides of their ears with diffrent colored sharpees.

I guess it would depend on the rabbits weather or not collars would work for them, but I would only keep them on when you're around to watch in case something happens.


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Or, at a shelter I volenteered at they use to make markings on the insides of their ears with diffrent colored sharpees.
That looks like the easiest idea ever! I think I will try this idea first. Once I am able to bond them, I won't worry so much, but putting the wrong rabbits together to soon, I am afraid could be dangerous.
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are you keeping them? if not you may not want to bond them it will be sad to break the bond when they leave.

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are you keeping them? if not you may not want to bond them it will be sad to break the bond when they leave.
Yes, I plan on keeping them.
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