Have not given up on integration, actually I was waiting for a morning when Boyfriend was gone......three rabbits are pushing his limits and rabbits scrabbling for dominance might push him over the edge. Since everything is an experiment here in the Rabboratory I added a few factors since the last effort.
1) I changed the fence configuration so that it could be opened with causing a major disturbance.
2) All rabbits were peacefully eating when I removed the fence.
3) I rang tuning forks during the bunbreakfast and their face to face meeting. If things seemed to be on the way to being too heated I rang louder.
Bunbreakfast; the Greens Course
The tuning forks I used are the ratio of 8 to 13 or phi ratio. This ratio is not found in Western music as it cannot be played on an even tempered instrument. Nor has it been found in Eastern music or any scales on this planet. It does exist in nature as the spiral. The most common example of this is the spiral inside a nautilus shell. The Fibonacci series is another aspect of of this ratio. Some believe it is the ratio of love and others that it activates new aspects of DNA, the spiral within our cells. At any rate the rabbits seemed to think it interesting if played softly and alarming when louder, so that was good enough for me.
Amelia and Tyler have an encounter of the bun kind
On opening the fence Amelia immediately wanted to go out and Tyler wanted to go in. There was a brief nose touch, no biting, but I clanged a bit on the forks. At one point Sydney and Amelia touched noses and Sydney went right back to eating. Things started heating up again and I clapped my hands. This stopped everything. Both Spots left the kitchen. On coming back in Tyler found Amelia coming out of her room and then there was a little fight, scuffle, altercation. I broke it up, picked up Amelia and shut the gate. Hard to tell who got more fur removed since they are both basically white. After being sure that Amelia hadn't been wounded and got a bit of a cuddle, I found Tyler, who must have been upset since he was very snugly and almost clingy. He seemed OK too, though spent some time behind the couch sulking. Amelia finished her breakfast.
Right before the fight
Next time I'll try my other tuning forks which are a perfect fifth or the ratio of 2 to 3. The great Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, thought this interval to be the sound of Universal Harmony between the forces of Yin and Yang. In India it is the sound through which Shiva calls Shakti to the dance of life. It is the sound that Apollo, Greek God of Sun, Music and Healing plucked on his lyre to call the dolphin messengers to Delphi. I will also be feeding the rabbits a bit of Chamomile for calming and putting Five Flower Formula in the water. At the school I used to work at the Kindergarten teachers would put this in the water cooler during the first couple months of school, it seemed to help the little ones acclimate.
And yes, we have wildfires here are are barely contained. Although the Rabbortory is not in any danger from the flames, it is smokey outside and there is plenty of ash.