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Hens do have droopy earlobes (some more than others), but a roo will almost always have considerably longer earlobes than a hen of the same age if they are both sexually mature.   A better indicator would be checking and comparing their hackle and saddle feathers.  Your roo on the left has some nice and easily visible saddle feathers.  The angle of the photo doesn't show the saddles on the one of the right, but if they are the same, then you have two roos.  
It entirely depends on your situation and the roosters involved; not all roos are created equal, so not all will be good flock guardians.  Usually people will get rid of the most human aggressive roos and then move down the line and start getting rid of ones that are particularly aggressive with the hens/chicks of the flock, too.  It's all about what you keep your flock for, what you want from your flock/roos, and how much space/resources you have to devote to your flock.
We have one hen that does this.  She only does it during the summer time, so maybe it's cooler for her, but everyone else always goes in the coop and she will always go to the coop roof.  So when we go out at night to make sure the run is locked up, we often toss her back in the coop before the door shuts for the night.  In the winter, she's in with all of the rest.  The coop is very well ventilated regardless, but this is the second year in a row she's done it, even...
Keep the coop relatively clean and dry.  So covering the floor with shavings or some other substrate mixed with DE to quickly dry out the droppings and (if you keep a waterer in the coop) no leaking waterer.   Flytraps tend to have pheromones or other lure that draw flies to them, which, while ensuring flies touch the trap and stick, also brings in more flies.  
No, it doesn't.  Hens will lay whenever they feel like it, roo/mated or not.  All that the mating means is that they're old/large enough for the roo to mount them.
They may continue to fight until one of them ends up killed, or they may work it out in one of their brawls.  Bottom line is that the underdogs will always take a crack at those on top if they feel like they have a chance at winning; pecking orders are constantly shifting and changing and the bigger the upheaval the messier it is.   You can try putting them back together, but during a time when you can be around to keep and eye on them most of the day.  See what they...
  We are too, sort of...it's bittersweet since we hope his antics don't end up causing more harm.  Ergh, randy boy chickens.   Thanks!  That's the first time I've had to deal with any medical issues with a roo, and I must say that while he was much easier to handle when it came to setting the bone, cleaning him up, and splinting than any of his girls ever were even when I simply had to apply a spot of Blue Kote to a scratch, he was far worse when it came to taking it...
So we kept our roo in the crate in the garage until last night (8 days since breaking his toe).  He was right by our three new chicks, but they all totally ignored each other.  By day 6, he was just laying around the crate, doing very little and looking like a sad, droopy dishrag.  He'd eat and drink when we were there visiting him, but every time we left and would come back to check, he'd look deflated and miserable.  We weren't sure he was eating or drinking anything...
  It sounds like the wound may be infected.  When chickens get foot wounds, it's not uncommon for them to get a staph infection as a result, which typically occurs on the bottom of the foot (look up bumble foot).  Oral/injected antibiotics usually are not very effective at treating these foot infections, especially if they are deep or well established and it is never advised to blindly shoot in the dark when it comes to choosing an antibiotic; not all antibiotics are...
  Birds are absolutely ruthless; if a flockmate has any kind of injury/illness that others can detect, they don't seem to hesitate to drive them off or outright kill them (if they can). D:  It's why they are so good at masking injuries/illness.  Glad to hear she's improving!
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