A little over a week ago, my head rooster (Dumbledore) got into a fight with one of my other roosters (Thor) and was injured pretty badly. He is now doing MUCH better, and I am thinking of putting him back with the rest of the flock soon. (I no longer have Thor.) However, I have a third rooster (Loki) who has very much enjoyed having all 43 ladies to himself this past week. I put Dumbledore in a sectioned off part of the coop yesterday so he and Loki could see each other, just to see what would happen. I went out last night to put everybody away and found that both roosters were hoarse from crowing at each other all day and they had literally worn a rut in the ground on either side of the wire from pacing back and forth. They were pecking through the wire, but not violently, and Loki often backed down. My question is...what would be the best way to re-introduce them? Should I even try? I was thinking of maybe putting Dumbledore with the ladies and putting Loki in the separate coop so Dumbledore could reestablish himself with the ladies before taking on Loki. (And maybe it would take Loki down a notch.) Loki has never showed any aggression to Dumbledore before this. (Loki was the lowest rooster and Dumbledore the highest.) I will (sorrowfully and begrudgingly) get rid of Loki if I need to, but I would really like to try and keep both of them if at all possible.
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