Bonding your buns
Most bunnies would love a bunny friend, however, finding a perfect partner and bonding rabbits is not as simple as people think. Rabbits are very territorial and aggressive when another bunny enters their home. The best bondings are a desexed boy & a desexed girl and best if they pick out their own friend. Bringing just any bunny home and introducing that bunny to yours will just end up in tears and trip to the vet when one of the bunnies gets hurt.
2. Let your bunny find their own friend
The best thing you can do (if your bun is desexed) is to take your bun along to a shelter for a "bunny date". Your desexed bun is introduced to a number of desexed buns and they can equally agree who they find the nicest bun to live with. The best place to do this in Melbourne (assuming you're in Melbourne) is the Australian Animal Protection Society in Keysborough where they have a fabulous bunny adoption program.
3. Bringing home a new bunny
4. Introducing your buns safely
A barrier helps when you bring a new bunny into the home. Swap each bun over into the other's territory so they can smell each other's zone and get used to each other without any close up contact. Keep swapping them over every day & introduce in a neutral zone for a short time every day until they start to groom each other, snuggle & share food together. By that stage, the buns are usually very happy together unsupervised.
A bonded pair of bunnies is a lovely thing to see, however, introducing two rabbits is not as easy as you might think.
Rabbits are very territorial creatures so if you have a single bun and are thinking of finding a friend for your bunny, you'll need to know a few tips beforehand.
Tessie & Rex met at BOING. They are both netherland dwarf buns (desexed girl & desexed boy). He was 6 and she was 3 when they met. They spent weeks separated between a barrier with lots of supervised dates until they were okay to stay together permanently.
When our Annabelle (now passed away) lost her friend Gus, we introduced her to Pumpkin. Pumpkin looked a lot like Gus and between a barrier, they were very content.
Our next step to bonding Annabelle & Pumpkin was a date in the bathtub (that's a towel they are sitting on to stop them slipping around).
After a few weeks of dating and living next to each other, Pumpkin & Annabelle were grooming each other on their dates and were sharing food. They were then safe to leave together permanently.