We all know how rabbits love to snuggle up with their friends and rabbits naturally in the wild live in big groups called Warrens. Rabbits domestically should always be kept together in pairs or groups for their health and wellbeing.
Having more than one rabbit which aren't bonded living in the same property is extremely stressful for them and for you. Instead of having multiple bonded pairs, it is best to have them bonded all together as one group. Happier for them, less stressful for you.
ALL rabbits can be bonded regardless of age, breed, sex etc. It just takes time, patience and the right method for that individual rabbit. Myths online should be read with caution and often cause more harm than good. Complex cases should to be handled by a behaviourist who has a deep knowledge and understanding of rabbit behaviour and psychology.
The best solution is to bring your rabbits somewhere like ourselves who can bond them for you therefore relieving the parent of the time and stress involved. Additionally, with it being both a neutral person and place there are less territorial behaviours and there is no humanising of behaviours or emotional attachment. It can be difficult for a bun parent to watch their own rabbits displaying certain behaviours and this can put people off, often giving up after the first or second try.
There is NO such thing as "my rabbit won't bond/doesn't like other rabbits/likes to be on his own".
Our Bonding Service
We offer a bonding service for those wanting to bond two rabbits or a whole group. We do not take a typical 'bonder approach' here, instead we take a purely behavioural approach.
We also offer a case by case phone consultation service with our behaviourist for people who are unable to send their rabbits for bonding or who would like advice on their rabbits behaviour or advice to help them do their own bonding. Skype calls/video conferences are also available for those who would like behaviours interpreted.
We have been helping bond all varieties of rabbits for many years and have a 100% success rate. We specialise in Rabbit Psychology, Behaviour and Training and are extremely passionate about this. We study and analyse your rabbits behaviour to use the best method for them and assess things case by case. We specialise in extreme cases, rabbits with behavioural issues and large group bondings. Our largest group bonding done was a group of 36.
We have bonded some of the hardest cases in the UK and people travel to us from all over the UK and Europe for bonding. We do NOT recommend stress bonding techniques such as being put inside a carrier in the car or spraying them with water, these are harmful to your rabbits mental wellbeing and can cause tension triggers. The whole process we use has your rabbits best interests and wellbeing in mind. They are closely monitored throughout including regular weigh ins as the process can be stressful for them at times.
We will NOT do any bondings in less than two weeks. Anyone who tells you your rabbits will be bonded in less than two weeks is putting your rabbits at risk. It takes a minimum of 2-4 weeks for your rabbits to go through the stages of bonding and have their bond strengthened in order to be able to return home. Some rabbits will take far longer. We can have rabbits stay with us for many months while we work through behavioural issues. We then support the owner once they have taken their rabbits back home as there will still be steps to take in order to strengthen their bond once home. Post bond care is just as important as when the rabbits stay with us. Support is given after the rabbits return home and plans are written up specific to each case.
Pairs - £11 per day Trio/Quad bondings - £13 per day 5-6 groups - 15 per day 7-9 groups - 17.25 per day For bondings of 10+ please contact us for costings.
This includes all food, bedding, etc.
A ONE WEEK DEPOSIT WILL BE REQUIRED TO SECURE YOUR BOOKING, THIS IS NON REFUNDABLE.
For more information or if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I go about booking? A: For behavioural CONSULTATIONS, these can be booked directly on the website on the appointment page. For SENDING AWAY bondings, email us at email@example.com and we will get you on our waiting list for bonding space. Give us as much info about your rabbits as possible. DO NOT BOOK A BONDING CHECK IN APPOINTMENT - THIS IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKINGS WITH US.
Q: What is required before my rabbits can be bonded? A: Your rabbits must be fully vaccinated and ALL rabbits must have been neutered (proof will be asked for) for a minimum of 8 weeks.
Q: Where will my rabbits be when they go for bonding? A: Bondings are all done indoors in a specific room in the house set up for bonding which is temperature controlled and constantly supervised.
Q: What happens when my rabbits first arrive? A: Rabbits are first fully health assessed and nails are clipped before bonding begins. They then go into pens side by side for 24 hours to observe behaviours and ensure all rabbits are relaxed and eating/pooping well.
Q: How long is the waiting list for a space? A: Our average wait time for external bondings is 1-2 years. Occassionally we have spaces come up sooner and the waiting list is emailed if a cancellation comes up. Priority is given to our internal bondings (those adopting from us). Please contact us for updates on our waiting list. Internal pair bondings (those adopting one companion for their rabbit from us and being matched up to their rabbit by us) can often be squeezed in within 6 months.
Q: What is included when my rabbits come for bonding? A: Rabbits recieve full health assessments, behavioural analysis and grooming (clipping, nail trimming etc) before and throughout bonding. We also provide a large range of excellent top quality Scottish Hays (8 types) and fresh and dried herbs and forage from the rescue gardens and allotments and branches to chew. We use a variety of rabbit friendly litters for litter trays and water dispensers for drinking.
Q: Will I be updated throughout the process? A: Bun parents are sent behavioural reports and photos and videos explaining their rabbits behaviour.
1. All rabbits must be fully vaccinated against myxi, VHD & VHD2 and have up to date certificate of proof. 2. Any rabbit showing signs of illness or injury may be denied boarding for health and safety reasons. No rabbits will be allowed to have contact with other residents therefore no responsibility can be taken for any illness. 3. Arrangement will be made for arrival and collection time and date. If you fail to collect your pet on the agreed date and we have no contact from you after one week we have the right to rehome them. We will have tried our best to contact you beforehand. If collected late, fees will incur as per the daily price rate. 4. No pets will be allowed to be removed from the rescue until all payment has been received and a suitable carrier is available to take them home in. 5. If your pet requires any medical attention we have permission to take them to our vet and all bills will be covered by the owner with proof of receipt. This includes euthanasia.