Hans has been very, very busy this weekend!
The breeder we bought Hans from had earlier offered us another rabbit as a gift, to make up for Hans’ bad teeth. My initial plan was to bond Hans with Buttons and Yohji, but that hasn’t been possible yet as they’re still behaving aggressively toward Hans. If indeed we did get a new rabbit, it would be as a companion for Hans. We thought and thought about the breeder’s offer, and finally decided that Hans should be the one to make this decision – we’ll only take on a new rabbit if Hans finds one which he likes.
So Saturday morning, we brought Hans to meet some of the breeder’s rabbits. We picked 3 rabbits, a chocolate, a Vienna-marked chocolate and a black rabbit. The black rabbit is in the background here:
Hans had one-on-one sessions with these rabbits in a neutral area. He was indifferent to all of them, which was good – it showed that he didn’t feel threatened by any of them.
Then we tried a group session, with all 3 rabbits and Hans together. The chocolate and black rabbit started humping Hans and the other rabbit. Rabbits hump to establish dominance, and from there, the decision was easy. We couldn’t take the dominant rabbits because ultimately, we intend to house Hans and the new rabbit together in his play pen, and Hans certainly would not appreciate being dominated in his own territory. The new rabbit had to be a submissive one.
So everyone, say hello to Bailey, Hans’ new 3.5 months old baby brother!
On the way back home, Hans and Bailey shared the same carrier:
Matching teeny little ears:
Rabbits tend to huddle together on car rides, and this helps with bonding:
I’ve never seen Hans behave aggressively, not even when Buttons and Yohji try to bully him from outside his play pen, so I decided to put Bailey in Hans’ play pen to see if Hans minds sharing his territory. I sat in there to supervise them, in case they start squabbling.
Bailey quickly made himself at home in Han’s litter box:
Buttons stared inquisitively at Bailey for a long time, uncertain about him:
Eventually, she and Yohji decided they liked Bailey about as much as they liked Hans and tried to box at him from outside.
Things were going better between the boys. Here they are sharing the litter box..
.. and some hay
Hans didn’t seem to mind Bailey’s presence, but he quickly got to work asserting himself as alpha bunny. Yep, little Bailey was humped a few times.. thankfully, Bailey just laid still and didn’t fight back.
Hans demanded a lot of grooming too:
At first, Bailey just continued grooming himself:
Halfway through, he decided he had better obey the alpha bun, and proceeded to groom Hans. Looks like he forgot about his leg here, lol:
Bailey wasn’t used to the new surroundings and didn’t want to leave the litter box. He finally stepped out of it at night. There was more humping from Hans during the night, but overall, things went quite well between them.
Today, Bailey is more at ease in the playpen. He lounges all over:
And has even started chewing on Hans’ toys:
Hanging out inside Hans’ bed:
As well as beside it:
Sharing a box together.. this is good!
Bailey, flopped out.. this is very good! Hans’ fur is all ruffled from being groomed:
I’ve broken some bonding rules by putting Hans and Bailey in the same space together so quickly. It’s mostly because Hans is an easy going guy.. I wouldn’t dare try the same thing with Buttons or Yohji.
I’m still keeping a close eye on Hans and Bailey. Hopefully things continue to be good between them, otherwise they will have to be separated.
Alright, I have to end here and go back to supervising the boys. Stay tuned for more updates 😀