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Hello,

We have a neutered male rescue rabbit and a purebred pedigreed English spot female.  The two of them lived in the same cage and were very bonded to each other.  We bred the English spot to another pedigreed English spot since my daughter shows the purebreds and we found homes for the babies.  We separated the male and female before she had the babies which are now almost 3 weeks old.  My question is, we will be keeping one, maybe two of the female babies - what would be the best way to house the 3 or 4 of them?  Can we put the mom back with the neutered male?  Should mom stay with the babies (3 females) as they get older?  Is there any chance all of them could stay together?  We have two big cages.  Thank you,

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Dear Chris,

Groups of rabbits can live happily together if they are introduced patiently and bonded.  It works best if all are spayed/neutered.  Please read:

http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare/breeding.html

A large area is needed, not a cage. Rabbits love to run and play, and a cage should be only for refuge.  Indoors is best.  For all the best information on rabbit housing, litter box training, socialization, bonding, etc., please go to:

http://www.rabbit.org/

Helpful articles on bonding can be found here:

http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-a=00062824-sp00000000&sp-q=bonding

Hope this helps.

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

RULE #1:
THE INTERNET IS NOT THE PLACE TO SEEK HELP IN AN EMERGENCY.

...it is an EMERGENCY.

Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

If you have found a wild baby rabbit, please read these EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS FOR WILD BABY RABBITS and then use this link to FIND A LOCAL WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR who can give you the right advice.


RULE #2:
Help me help you! Please make your subject line informative if you have an urgent question. then LET ME KNOW IN THE SUBJECT LINE so I can give your question highest priority over non-urgent questions. If you don't do this, then I can't guarantee timely assistance!

For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

Publications
Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

Education/Credentials
Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

Awards and Honors
Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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