Ok, here's the situation: I have 2 coops. For a while, I had 2 roosters and 7 hens in one coop and 1 rooster and 9 hens in the other. The other day, a predator attacked while the chickens were free ranging on our 2 acres. We lost 1 rooster and 2 hens. The lost rooster was from the 2nd coop.
So now there is an imbalance in the flock. The other 2 roosters had been getting along since the younger one allowed the older one to be dominant. Then the younger roo made a move for dominance in the coop. The older one started sleeping in the tree. I took this to mean that he had lost dominance in the coop. I thought if I put him in the 2nd coop with the 9 hens who lost their rooster then he would find dominance over them and be happy. I kept them cooped up for a week or so to let them get used to the situation.
Yesterday, when I let out both groups for some free ranging, the two roosters started sparring. It was bloody. I scooped up the younger one (who didn't even run when I came up to him) and put him in a sectioned off part of the coop. When everyone went to roost for the night, I found the older rooster in his dominant spot on the roost (and not in the tree) and a hen from the other coop who decided to swap coops. Everything seemed right again. Except for the young rooster.
Help me decide what to do. In a couple of hours, I'm going to probably move him to the 2nd coop with the girls who don't have a rooster. But that doesn't solve the fighting issue. What can I do to fix this so they don't kill each other? Rehome one of them? I really don't want to. They are both good roosters and protect my large flock.