Rabbits need friends. When you give a rabbit a friend, it increases there lifespan and makes them healthier in general. When I first got Hadley, I got her with the knowledge that in the next year we will have to get her a friend. After about nine months of just having Hadley and building our bond, I felt that it was the correct time to get another bunny.
In case you aren’t familiar with how bunny bonding goes, it is a 2-4 week long process of the rabbits slowly getting to know each other. For the best results, you want this process to happen in a neutral territory, where neither of them have been. While you can choose to do the bonding at your home, I knew the best bet for me was for her to go somewhere else during the bonding. Luckily the organization that we went through to get Hadley helps with the bonding process.
To see if Hadley had a connection with any other buns, we met with her former foster and the person that would be doing the bunny bonding for us at a nearby shelter. They put Hadley in a large area and added different bunnies one at a time. Hadley and the other rabbit would stay in the space together for around 15 minutes (there was someone in the area with them with gloves ready to separate them if they needed to).
After she met with four different bunnies, we brought down the remaining bachelors to two different rabbits, Ron and Uno. Since she got along well with both of them, we decided that we were going to attempt to do a Trio.
Once we made that final decision, they took Hadley and the two rabbits to there home to complete the bonding process.
During the two weeks of bonding, the three rabbits had their home set up right next to each other, so little by little, they would grow more accustomed to their scents. They would also spend supervised time together in a bathroom (the tiles make it easier if they need to be separated) every night for around 2 hours. During that time the bonder could see how well they act sharing space and seeing who the dominate bunny will be.
After 9 days all three of the bunnies were placed in a different location in the bonders home to see how they would do spending the whole night together, sadly this is where one of the bunnies (uno) had to be taken out of the trio, because Hadley and Ron decided that they didn’t want him in there family and attacked him. Luckily he wasn’t injured. Without Uno in the mix, Hadley and Ron spent their first night together without any issues and were cleared to come home! The two bunnies now live together 24/7 and are very happy. I have also seen an increase in how active Hadley is, and she seems more pleased now that she has a companion.
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*Hadley- Female, 2 years, Loves everything she can't have