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,
Answer 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:
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:
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