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Rabbits starting to fight!!!

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Maciesmammy · 12/08/2018 14:03

Hi I was just looking for some advice and hoping someone could help. We bought 2 female rabbits at 10 weeks old. They are sisters and have always lived together and are 19 weeks. Things were going perfectly until Friday night, I heard a lot of banging around so went into the garden to find fur everywhere and the 2 bunnies fighting.
They have not been neutered yet but I'm planning to ASAP.
So, we have separated the rabbits by buying another hutch and my partner is currently on his way to B&Q so we can split the run in half. This means they have a hutch each and half the run where they will still be able to see and smell each other but not actually get to each to fight. Am I doing the right thing? I am hoping by doing this they can get used to each other again and get back to being happy with each other.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? Tia xx

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AnneOfCleavage · 12/08/2018 14:11

Spaying will calm them right down but we couldn't get our doe done until 6mths (male was neutered at 3mths which is v young but we didn't want our doe getting pregnant at 3mths as she was too small to carry they said). See if you can get them done ASAP.

What you've suggested sounds great as they can still smell and see each other. Could they have a bit of together time supervised by you in a different neutral place like a garden run for example?

Maciesmammy · 12/08/2018 14:28

Yeah I can let them out into the garden together while I'm there. I just want to get their living situation sorted asap as I don't want to be separated for too long xx

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bunnygeek · 13/08/2018 13:31

With the adjoining runs, make sure the mesh is small enough they can't stick a nose through - or they'll get bitten noses! Also make sure there's plenty of places they can get out of each other's eyeline - if they can only sit eyeballing each other that can fuel the issues.

Sadly two babies are never a guaranteed bond, once the hormones kick in you tend to experience the exact problems you're struggling with now.

Once spayed they may bond back together, but also have a contingency plan if they do not. Do you have any reputable rabbit rescues near you? Rabbits can remember who they've had fights with and same sex pairs are often not as stable as a neutered male/spayed female pair.

Maciesmammy · 13/08/2018 16:23

Thank you. They both have hutches attached to the run so they can get away from each other if they want to. They are currently lying against each other on the either side of the partition as if nothing ever happened.
I am hoping having them neutered will help as I really don't want to have to get rid of one of them Sad

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