My family got our first bunny, a Holland Lop “Broken Chocolate” buck last spring. He is currently 9 months old. We wanted him to have a companion, so I bought a “Frosty” doe just a few weeks ago as a Christmas present to my daughters. Everyone loves her, but our buck doesn’t love her so much.
We have been trying to bond them for the last three weeks using a combination of car rides and bathtub play dates. There was a lot of mounting by both bunnies at first, and then nipping, and then full-on fights that we had to break up.
I took the baby doe (who is now 4 months old) to the vet for a basic check-up and found out that the breeder was wrong. She is actually a he!
I was so disappointed. The vet said that this may be why we are having such a hard time with bonding.
While we were there, the vet noticed that the “boy” (I’m still having a hard time saying “he”) had a decently-sized bite mark on his side that had abscessed.
The vet drained the abscess and said to keep the boys away from each other for now until he fully heals. The vet suggested that the bunnies may never bond.
I contacted the breeder, and she was terribly sorry that she sexed the bunny wrong. She offered to exchange him for a doe, but she doesn’t have any does available and it could take months before she has one. Oh, and this breeder lives 4 hours away from me.
So, now that I know it’s a baby buck, the vet says the neutering could be done sooner than if I had a doe that needed spaying.
But my family is in a debate: should we go ahead and invest the $100+ to have this new baby bunny neutered and start all over with the bonding process? Or do we give up now because it can be extremely difficult to bond two boys and just get a doe for a companion?
With persistence can you really get two boys to bond?
I will say that before the last bite, I thought things were improving with the bonding, but it wasn’t great or anything. The older bunny was constantly pushing his head under the younger new bunny insisting that he groom his face. The younger one did groom him but the favor was never reciprocated and circling and fighting often ensued.