Drained a Hen's Abdomen.. Rest in Peace, Olivia 11-5-10


Intentional Solitude
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Feb 3, 2007
Blue Ridge Mtns. of North Georgia
Olivia has been dying of internal laying/egg peritonitis for awhile now. Her abdomen is humongous and she is having trouble breathing. Since she seemed like she was ready to go today, decided to try (for the second time) to drain her. Figured if she choked, then she was going anyway. We may try to euthanize her soon since there is really no hope, but finally, found a good spot for the needle and removed 247 cc of fluid from her, only about half of what is probably in there, poor thing. You can't tell from the pic, but the fluid is very yellowish, but tinged with blood.

Here is the jar with what came out of poor little Livvie:

Here is Olivia for those of you who don't know her. She isn't a large girl at all. She is in the foreground, with Ivy, who is ailing with the same thing, in the back.

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Lone Star Call Ducks
10 Years
Aug 3, 2009
Thank you for posting this, Cynthia.
I'm sure it will be very helpful to many people-I have seen several cases of this posted here lately.
So sorry you are dealing with it and so very sorry you lost your beautiful Ivy.

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