I was thinking about that--what if I put one drake and 4 ladies in one place, and one drake and 4 ladies in another? Would it matter which ones went with which drake? Do they already have favorites? They probably do, but I can't really tell.Could you put a fence down the middle of the coop? You could then put 4 ladies on each side both with a drake? I don't know if it would work, they might panic being apart, I don't know for sure, but then the boys would be separated.
But it wouldn't be in the same coop--I'd put 5 in the old duck house & yard, and keep 5 in their current house and yard. But I really don't want to do that--too much trouble with duck tanks.
When we got 10 straight run ducks, we were planning on butchering the excess drakes, but two drakes doesn't seem like all that many--what if something happened to the one remaining one? (We lost both our roosters in a neighborhood dog attack.)
And the dominant one isn't being really vicious (at least not yet)--he's just chasing the other one away all the time.
And Isaac O, why get rid of the dominant one? Why not the other one? The dominant one has been the one who's been looking out for the others--who is always alert and active, who keeps an eye out for danger when everyone else has their heads buried in the grass snuffling for whatever it is they snuffle for, whereas the other one is always just one of the flock. (This is a real question--I honestly don't know.)