I have an unneutered male rabbit who is 4 years old and has a heart murmur so can’t be neutered. He was living with two guinea pigs who passed away aged 8. He became very depressed and wouldn’t leave his hutch or eat.
The vet suggested we got him a male companion to keep him company.
So we got him a male companion!
We now have a 6 month old girl who was sold to us as a male. She is very small and weighs under a 1kg. The vet doesn’t think she’ll go above the 1kg so can’t be neutered.
So now I have a boy and a girl and neither one can be neutered.
Keeping them separate and alone is unfair on them, but I don’t know what else I can do.
I want to bring them inside over winter to protect them from the cold but don’t have enough room for 2 hutches.
Does anyone have any advice or suggestions?
My husband says to rehome one, but that doesn’t solve the loneliness issue of the one left and I don’t want to rehome a boy who can’t be neutered nor a girl who could be bred. But we can’t keep 2 separately and I can’t get them each a companion.
We had a male rabbit who we never managed to bond with any other rabbit and he got depressed outside on his own so we brought him inside and he lived along side us. He fucked up the flat but he was a happy bun.
I'm not a rabbit person but the only workable option I can think of:
contact a Rescue and explain the situation, ask if they could possibly rehome your female (if you're thinking about rehoming as a serious option) and get them to bond your male with a neutered doe (which will cost you as you'd need to give an Adoption fee to cover rabbit+neutering if they have done this, might have come to Rescue already spayed+injevtions+dental check/vet check) or a buck (again cost of rabbit+ above) and a Surrender fee for your doe but they will ensure whoever gets her won't breed her. They might take some persuasion but explain the circumstances.
Or - rabbits are hardier than guinea-pigs. Can you buy them a shed for the hutches and insulate it to suit their needs, loads of hay etc. (That ^ would probably work out cheaper. Look on Gumtree for 2nd hand sheds? )
If you do attempt to keep both rabbits, please make sure that their accommodation is very secure, as male rabbits can be very determined bitter experience.
Rabbits can live outside all winter (excepting any extreme weather conditions), provided that you make sure that their hutch is in a well sheltered/ wind protected area, that the hutch is properly waterproof, and that there is an abundant supply of clean dry bedding for them to snuggle in (I think that good quality barley straw makes good bedding for rabbits).