Two does, how will they get along after babies?
I have a bonded pair but they are both does. Actually they are from the same litter. We want to breed one of them, cuz I don't know if we can handle breeding both at the same time. Would we have to separate them? Once the kits are old enough to get out of the nest box, would the girls need rebonding? I'm new to all this so your experience would be helpful. Thanks.
***** Karen Sez *****
Jen, I'm not sure I have all the answers when it comes to bonding pet rabbits, but I'll tell you what I know as to normal rabbit behavior, and the things I hear from others.
If your two does are really good buddies ('bonded pair' is a man-made concept, you can't count on it in reality), it may be possible to breed one of them, and leave them together for the whole bunny-raising experience. The larger the living space, the easier it is for a submissive doe to get out of the way of a dominant (or grouchy pregnant) one.
If you have any doubts about whether the two rabbits are friends or are tolerating each other, then it may be easier (and safer) to simply separate the rabbits. But, why not start out with the rabbits staying together, and observe them carefully as the days go by to ensure they stay courteous to each other.
I'd love to know how things work out for you!