Janice, I finally got up the nerve to drain two of our hens about a couple of months ago. The first one had completely clear fluid and the second had fluid the color that you described. The first one had laid a small lash egg before I drained her so, as an antibiotic preparation, I put her on oregano/cinnamon tea that I brewed up each day and let cool. I put it in her water bottle and she loved it. I also give both of these girls and two others who were slightly distended dandelion roots and tea every other day. For four birds I use 2 tsp dried roots and steep it in about 1/2 c boiling water. I let it cool to lukewarm and add instant oatmeal to soak up most of the tea. Only one girl would eat just the roots so this was my trick to get them all to eat it. So far, so good! The ones I drained have not bloated up again and the other two are going down to normal size! Wahoo! I hope your girl continues to improve! It is great to see them back to their normal sassy selves, isn't it?
Laying hens with "water belly" or "ascites"? - Page 31
So I drained my hen 500 mL came out of her belly it looked a little slightly pink-ish but get it could be also called clear it really reminded me of thin egg whites I I put her on antibiotics amoxicillin I guess I wasn't sure that was the right antibiotics to put her own I'm very glad I finally got the bravery up to drain her it was actually pretty easy she just llay down and let me drain her belly and really didn't move though she's definitely much happier and running around. I guess I'm just worried that she will not recover fully.
I put a large gauge needle probably about 2 inches below her vent to the left just below the skin but I did not put it straight and I put it so it just went under the skin so I would not poking anything underneath. Then I just attached a syringe and pullback 500 mL which is a lot of fluid
Good for you! I hope she's feeling better now...
I kept Kohl in a "clean" environment for several days, till I was sure the poke holes stopped draining, and she looked like she was feeling better.
I'm curious about the oregano/cinnamon tea that you used and am curious about the milk thistle too. Our girl has had ascites for a few months and we just keep draining her but she's so uncomfortable and unhappy. Hate to play favorites, but she's our top chicken. My husband calls her the benevolent dictator-- she's so relaxed, doesn't need to assert herself. All the other girls know she's top dog, even since she's been sick. I'd really like to help her feel better and am really interested in herbal remedies and what your source is on those things, as well as your experience!
Thanks so much!
Edited by Janice123456 - 1/17/16 at 1:21pm
I had to drain Kohl again.... Really sad...
The first time we drained her the liquid was just slightly colored,
I'm more worried this time... The liquid color was like an egg yolk.
I'm not sure where to go from here, we took about 10 oz out of her...
She seems happy otherwise...
I think she's the one who's been laying quail size eggs...
I"ve gotten about 6 quail size eggs over the last two weeks...
Any ideas, or suggestions...
We're going to keep her indoors a day or two,
I gave her a dose of doxycycline since it was the only antibiotic I have around.
She's also not dripping as much as the last time we drained her...
That time the litter in the "hospital" was all wet within an hour... this time it's not.
Edited by nicollee - 3/2/16 at 9:06pm