I'm asking for a friend without internet. Her 8 month old rooster has not been crowing for the last week and a half. And hasn't mated in about the same time period. He now just lays in one place and will stand if prodded to and then lays back down. He also has pasty bottom. He looks normal otherwise. They have separated him until they know what's going on. He's had plenty of water and feed, scraps and free range area. Everything has been the same until she introduced 12 older (1-2 year old) hens into the flock. They lost one of the new hens a week after they got them and they assumed the others had hurt her. (Maybe not?) He has not been pecked or kept from the food and water. The new hens were bought from people who breed and sell chickens for a living. They were said to be healthy and appeared so. Do you think this ties in? They love their rooster (his name is Pack-man) and their children are praying he survives. Any help would be a blessing! They also want to know if they should not eat their eggs until they know if their new hens are sick or not? Amy J.