Sorry this is so long but is kind of an introduction and question since I'm new here. Harriet was my first out of 4 hens to start laying. Several months after she starting laying she abruptly stopped. When she went through her first molt during the summer I was concerned something was wrong so I took her to Vet. He did blood work and X-rays and diagnosed her with fatty liver. She has done great over the years although she does not produce eggs. You can clearly see she has fatty liver because of her size, sunken in eyes, and fluffed up appearance. Because of this I make it a point to only give healthy limited snacks. Lately she looks more fluffed up looking as if her britches are falling down and is acting somewhat different. I've noticed her sitting on the ground from time to time. She's been known to sit on roost I have in run daily but never on ground. Usually it is not for more that 1-5mins at a time. A couple times over the last week she all the suddenly drops to the ground but still manages to stay in an upright sitting position. Yesterday evening in the coop she was twisting around several times looking upward as if she saw something above her and minutes after she dropped to sitting position and got up immediately. There has been a newcomer to my girls recently that showed up on Thanksgiving day so maybe the added stress has made her health decline. My neighbor called thinking one of my barred rocks was in their yard but instead it was a stray injured barred rock rooster. No one would claim him so I took him in. I had an empty coop w/ run and kept him in there by himself and slowly introduced him to my 2 hens. I was very concerned since I only have 2 hens now. I'm thinking he is a young rooster about a year old due to his small spurs. He's very submissive to my girls and I've only seen him mate twice with my healthy Ester. He is second in the pecking line. When he dances around Harriet, Ester runs to the rescue and chases him off. Thankful for that with her health situation. I know the rule that one should have 10 hens to a rooster but I had no choice but to take him in. I lost my other two hens last fall to a hawk when I foolishly left them out dust bathing for 30min while I prepared lunch. I have honestly felt this barred rock rooster is God sent since he is as kind and gentle as they come. And to think he matches my girls. Has any of you had a hen with fatty liver live past 6 years and do you think her symptoms of her sitting and dropping mean she is deteriorating or a sign of old age? A friend is giving me two 1 year old barred rocks next week and wondering if I should wait since Harriet's health is declining?? I will keep the new girls separate for a week or so. I do have a 4x4 tiny coop that I call a spa used for when a hen goes broody that I can put Harriet in if she declines. Right now I feel it's best to keep her with her bestie. Her and Ester have been best friends since chicks and I'm devastated at the thought of losing my Harriett and Ester being depressed over it.