I do not fault you for trying. And this being your first time to deal with it (hopefully, the last, but probably not), it will teach you a lot. Lord knows, I did this so many times with sweet Olivia. She was a huge learning experience, both she and Ivy. What I did learn was that though you see the fluid in the abdomen, you don't see as it advances that fluid collects in other places like heart and lungs as well. It's a complete organ failure, really.
One thing that may help, though it won't cure it, is to give one round of penicillin injections. It seems to sometimes help the fluid dissipate to a degree, at least before the condition is far advanced. For this, do 3/4-1 cc injected in the breast muscle, alternating sides, for up to 4 days. I usually do one round and that is it.
With last hen, it didn't help her much. I prepared for her to die (splash Rock from a breeder). She stayed bloated for months. Then one day, I picked her up to check and no fluid, but she'd lost a LOT of weight and was molting. I thought it was the end for her. Nope, she started to gain her weight back and actually started laying again! That is VERY rare. But it was short-lived. I just pulled a crushed shell from her the other day-she prolapsed trying to push it out. And she's bloating again. I won't give her penicillin. She is 5 years old.
Best of luck to you. Let us know how it turns out for your hen.
Where can I get penicillin w/o a Rx? I have a Tractor supply around but that's about it. Is there another antibiotic if not penicillin? Would an anti inflammatory help? Calm everything down?
I don't think I've gotten but 2 to 3 eggs from her in the year she's lived here. I checked on her since I drained her this morning and she's walking better. She never stopped eating or drinking. The not going to roost is was clued me in to her problem. I carry her like a football. Hand on her belly between her legs. She seems more comfortable that way. She is heavier then the others for sure but I feel like I caught it fairly early. I have been monitoring her breathing. I can't imagine suffocating to death. I won't let that happen.
If she fills up again quick I won't keep up draining. Is there an injection I can give her to put her to sleep when the time comes? I don't think I can go with traditional culling methods.
Thanks Again for your answers. I've felt so lost.