Hi! I am looking for advice from other BYC members who have had experience with ascites in their hen. I have a 3 1/2 year old bantam cochin that has this condition. We have drained fluid two other times...about 6 months apart maybe? We just took her to the vet to have her drained again and it was quite a bit of fluid. She stopped laying eggs a year ago and does have a small mass in her egg laying tract which is most likely cause the fluid to occur every now and then. Once she was drained it the past it was a good 6 months before we had issues again. She is sleepy this morning, we are encouraging her to eat her feed as well as drink, but shes not super excited about her feed right now She is an indoor girl so she is inside, comfortable and warm. Her poop is green right now, but I know she hasn't been eating much over the last 2 or 3 days I put probiotics in her water and gave her some poly-vi-sol vitamin(no iron) to hopefully help her out ! So here are my questions: 1) Are hens sore after draining...is being tired typical after? If yes...about how long is recovery time? 2) Should she be on any type of antibiotic? The vet did not prescribe any, but wondering if she should be on one? If yes...what is typically given? I can probably ask my vet for it with no issues 3) Can she go outside ...dust ect if she feels up to it? I forgot to ask the vet yesterday and not sure when the drain her if the needle site needs to heal? 4) Other suggestions or things you have done to help your hen after draining fluid to recover I do understand that this is a chronic issue that can not be cured...but can be managed as long as she is healthy and happy! We love her dearly and want to do everything we can for her, so any input and advice is VERY much appreciated! Thank you!!!!