New rabbits taking a long time to adjust

by Melanie
(San Francisco)

Hi there,
I just got two rabbits/sisters that are bonded and I've had them almost four weeks. They occasionally are in the relaxed position but are afraid to go out of the kitchen, which is where I introduced them.

They still often run from me, but not all the time. Sometimes they do beg for treats. At the shelter, they begged for treats at first meeting.

So they don't seem completely traumatized but seem to be taking a long time to adjust to me and the space. I've spent some time on the floor with them and they have two safe spaces where they both can fit and snuggle.

Any thoughts? Does this seem like a long time to you?

Any advice please

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Apr 20, 2021
It takes a while
by: Sam K

Rabbits settling can take a long time, more than 2 weeks, dont worry.
I would look at their housing and free range areas... make sure their area is in a quite, relaxed place, if outside in a hutch with run set up (44square foot ideal... about 10x 8ft)
Same in the house away from noisy well used areas.
Then give them time... they will learn the patterns of your behaviours and learn to trust you, in there own bunny way.
Rabbits are prey animals and are hard wired to flee/hide/not respond if they are in any way unsure.
Took me months to really bond with my mine.
They will grow in confidence and trust.
It is a wonderful and, at times, v long process
Let us know how you get on :)

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