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Ascites is poultry

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I tried to extract fluid from one of my hens but she didn't make it... What did I do wrong? How much fluid should I have drawn off on the initial draw??? I used an 18 gauge needle and withdrew a total of 6 ounces, three times withdrawing 2 oz each time.
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Sorry for your loss. You might look at some of the other links about ascites by entering the word in the search box at the top of this page. Casportpony has done some posts with pictures about the procedure. Most hens with ascites are in rough shape any way, so you may have done nothing wrong. I believe that most people let the fluid drip out after the needle puncture instead of pulling it out with a syringe, but I may be mistaken. Was the fluid that came out yellow or amber colored?

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I just lost my hen by draining too. I pulled about 12-15 cc off each side. It was yellow. Within 20 minutes, she died in my arms.
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